Feeling brave enough for a spooky staycation this Halloween? Well you can now rent Ayrshire Castle in Scotland for the last weekend in October — but it certainly isn't for the faint-hearted.
The eerie 600-year-old castle, which has had reports of paranormal activity from local ghost hunters, has many spine-chilling features throughout including a 'murder hole' (which was used to pour hot oil over unwelcome visitors) and a pit prison. It's not for the squeamish, that's for sure.
Originally constructed in the 15th century as a wedding present for Princess Mary, eldest daughter of James II of Scotland, the castle has six bedrooms, five bathrooms, a Great Hall, kitchen, shuttered windows, original stone walls, and a secret staircase from the utility room.
It might be decorated with all the rustic features you're likely to find in a castle, but it also has plenty of spooky thrills that will give you shivers at night.
Ghost hunter, Sharon McKee, who previously stayed at the castle told the Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald about her experience: "We were doing a seance in one of the bedrooms when something psychically attacked me and transfigured its energy onto me."
There are plenty of things to do during your stay. Guests who are feeling brave can take part in the gathering of the witches amongst the ghosts and spirits of the Auld Kirk, while others can head to the Ayrshire coast for a seaside wander.
With Google searches for 'haunted house' up 49% from 2018 to 2019, the team at Snaptrip have predicted a rise in haunted staycations this year. Tempted? You can book your stay via Snaptrip. Prices cost £2,193 for two nights.
Take a peek around the castle...
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