Leap Castle – County Offaly, Ireland
Leap Castle is haunted by some of the most fearful poltergeists in history. In 1532, a not-so holy young warrior stabbed his pontiff brother to death in the church’s chapel, which is now known as the Bloody Chapel. If the vengeful spirit of the fallen priest isn’t enough to scare you, perhaps the ghosts of prisoners who met those pearly gates following an eight-foot free fall to metallic spikes will. Or maybe it’s the castle’s potent spirit of the ‘Elemental’, an opal-eyed creature that apparently smells of rotting flesh.
Scariest Castles: Chillingham Castle – Chillingham, England
The most haunted castle in Britain, the aptly-named Chillingham Castle is home to a wide array of ghosts. Legend has it that the spirit known as ‘Blue Boy’ can be heard screaming at the stroke of midnight in the castle’s Pink Bedroom. As the sound subsides, guests have reported bearing witness to the spectral sight of a young boy at the foot of the bed, shrouded beneath a blue light. Some claim that the hauntings ceased following a 1920s discovery of the bones of a young boy inside the bedroom’s 10 foot thick wall. How they got there is still a mystery to this day.