If you are looking for a Haunted Ireland tour then you have come to the right place. Ireland is the realm of legend and mystery – consider the likes of Cú Chulainn, Fionn Mac Cumhaill, and the Tuatha Dé Danann who later went underground in the fairy mounds to become “Na Daoine Sidhe” the Good Folk. You will stay in some of Ireland’s most haunted castles and manor houses during your trip.
Stop off at Leap castle which is considered the most haunted castle in Ireland. Check out your itinerary for your trip
Arrive at Dublin Airport and pick up your rental. Drive to Cavan for your stay at Cabra Castle.Take a walk through Dún na Rí Forest Park.
The 565 acre Dún na Rí Forest Park is just outside Kingscourt along the banks of the River Cabra and features a dramatic gorge embracing part of the Cabra Estate, formerly owned by the Pratt family. The Romantic Glen of the Cabra River, stretching the full length of the park is an area steeped in history and legend.
It is said that Cú Chulainn camped there at night, while by day conducting his single handed defence of Ulster against the armies of Maeve. The Normans were here also and in later years the glen echoed to the sounds of Cromwell’s armies.
Day 2 – Castle Leslie Estate
Castle Leslie is set amid 1,000 acres of breathtaking scenery. For over 300 years it has been the family home of the eccentric Leslie family and has over successive generations been host to many celebrities such as Sir John Betjeman, WB Yeats, Mick Jagger, and Paul McCartney.
The Castle was designed in the Scottish Baronial style by Charles Lanyon and W.H. Lynn in 1870 AD for Sir John Leslie, 1st Baronet MP. It is situated on the site of an earlier castle and, therefore, it never had any particular defensive purpose. The Red Room in this beautiful castle is said to be haunted by Norman Leslie, who was killed during the first world war.
Apparently his mother Lady Marjorie was sleeping in this room one night and awoke to see his ghost standing near the foot of her bed, looking through some letters. After a while this apparition of her dead son turned to her, smiled, and then faded away. There have been many other strange happenings reported in this fascinating castle, such as bells ringing of their own accord and strange figures wandering down corridors.
Day 3 – Mayo - Mount Falcon Estate
The Luxurious 4 star Mount Falcon Country House Hotel is located on the west bank of the River Moy. Surrounded by 100 acres of magical woodlands the estate lies between Foxford and Ballina, in North County Mayo, a most beautiful part of the West of Ireland. Mount Falcon’s new owners, amongst them the Maloney Family, who hail from the area, visited the Estate and fell in love with it. As the new owners, they have invested heavily in a refurbishment and development programme, and have at every stage ensured that the integrity and charm of the Estate has been completely retained.
The jewel in the crown of Mount Falcon is its adjoining two miles of fishing rights on the River Moy. Famous for its salmon pools, it is undisputedly one of Europe’s most bountiful salmon rivers. Numerous guests from all over the world including Vivien Leigh, Peter Sellars, Dr. Patrick Hillery and Jack Lynch, and more recently, Tiger Woods, Mark O’Meara, John Cooke and Nick Faldo, have enjoyed all that Mount Falcon has to offer.
The Abbeyglen Castle was built in 1832 by John d’Arcy of Clifden Castle. It was leased to the then parish priest as Glenowen House. In 1854 it was bought by the Irish Church Mission Society for use as a Protestant orphanage where girls were trained for domestic service.
Kylemore Abbey (Irish: Mainistir na Coille Móire) is a Benedictine monastery founded in 1920 on the grounds of Kylemore Castle, in Connemara, County Galway, Ireland. the Irish Benedictine Nuns purchased the Abbey castle and lands after they were forced to flee Ypres, Belgium during World War I. The nuns, who had been based in Ypres for several hundred years, had been bombed out of their Abbey during World War I. The nuns continued to offer education to Catholic girls, opening an international boarding school and establishing a day school for local girls but since closed in 2010.
Day 5 – Limerick – Mustard Seed, Adare Castle, Desmond Hall – Newcastle West
The Mustard Seed is a luxury country house, set in a converted 19th century convent in Adare, oozes style without pretension. The house combines the spaciousness elegance of an earlier age with the comfort and amenities of today. Surrounded by 10 acres of mature trees, orchard and kitchen garden, fresh herbs and vegetables are gathered daily for the preparation of dinner.
Adare Castle is regarded as a fine example of the medieval fortified castle in Ireland and is one of a number of outstanding castles situated in County Limerick. It is sited on the north bank of the River Maigue in a strategic position on a substantial earlier ringwork where it was able to control traffic on the river. It was an important stronghold of the Earls of Desmond. A strong, square keep forms the defensive core of the castle that stands within a walled ward surrounded by a moat.
Day 6 – Waterford Castle Hotel . Leap Castle
Set on the River Suir, Waterford Castle is a 16th-century castle hotel which resides on its own island. It’s 5km from the factory tours at the House of Waterford Crystal.
If you dare, you can visit the most haunted castle in Ireland – Leap Castle. Leap Castle certainly is home to many secrets of a dark and mysterious past. Over 400 years ago in what is now known as the “Bloody Chapel” a shocking murder occurred between one brother and his priest brother during high mass.
Another source of evil at Leap Castle is a hidden oubliette(dungeon) located off the bloody chapel. It was a small room with a drop floor. Because of its extremely bloody history Leap Castle has always had a reputation for being haunted, a reputation so strong local people avoided it at night.
Day 7 – Meath – Dunboyne Castle, Hill Of Uisneach, Loughcrew Cairns
The Hill of Uisneach, in County Westmeath is placed by many as in the same league as the Hill of Tara in neighbouring County Meath. It is situated between the villages of Ballymore and Loughnavalley and was the ancient seat for the Kings of Meath. Its roots stretch back into ancient mythology with its history stemming from the La Tène period of the Iron Age.
Uisneach is a famous pre-historic meeting place which was also used for cattle rituals and other ‘May Day’ assemblies. In more recent times it was the meeting place for an important twelfth century synod. St Patrick and St Brigid have important connections with the Hill, it being claimed that it was here St Brigid received the veil from St Patrick.
The importance of Uisneach in early times is reflected in the large number of monuments, almost twenty, mostly ring forts and tumuli, which are scattered around and upon it. The most famous feature on Uisneach is the Cat Stone, named so because it resembles a cat watching a mouse. It is a huge limestone boulder almost six metres high which is estimated to weigh over 30 ton and is said to mark the centre of Ireland or the coming together of the provinces.
The Loughcrew Cairns, also known as the Hills of the Witch, are a group of Neolithic passage tombs dating to 3000 BC. The tombs are located on three different hills. Cairn T, one of the largest tombs in the complex, is situated on Carnbane East. Inside this tomb lies a cruciform chamber, a corbelled roof and some of the most beautiful examples of Neolithic art in Ireland. During the Vernal and Autumn Equinox people gather at dawn in Cairn T to watch sunlight enter the chamber and illuminate the inside of the tomb.
Day 8 – HOMEWARD BOUND WITH LOTS OF GREAT MEMORIES AND PICTURES
Package includes accommodation, breakfast each morning, guide Booklet, heritage island guide, Attraction guide, car rental with unlimited mileage, insurances.