Ghosts are less fashionable than vampires and zombies, but if you think about it they are still very scary, also because they cannot be seen and can pass through walls, so who can exclude having one next to them right now? Ok, it’s not a completely rational thought but sometimes we all need to fiddle a bit with the supernatural, and if that’s your thing we have found the right place for you.
It must be said that Scottish castles are very popular luxury holiday destinations even if you do not believe in ghosts, even if they are very popular especially among people with a more crepuscular temperament than us Italians (it rains a lot, the shades of gray are well over 50). Law Castle in Scotland, however, has something more: an original “murder hole” (we’ll explain) and, if you believe the local legends, some spooky roommates.
The castle is 600 years old, located in Ayrshire, is open to guests and if you are quick you could spend Halloween there. Originally built as a wedding gift for Princess Mary, daughter of James II of Scotland, it once served as a courthouse and prison. Now the listed building is a luxurious guesthouse that can accommodate up to 14 people.
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Inside are wonderful things like the original stone fireplaces, a secret stone staircase and silver goblets on a huge oak dining table. The bedrooms have regal four-poster beds with velvet curtains and chandeliers hanging from the ceiling. The windows overlook the Isle of Arran and, from its location on Law Hill, only a short walk is required to reach the town of West Kilbride with its art galleries and cozy cafes.
But let’s get to the spooky features: The castle’s original murder hole is still there: it’s a medieval defense mechanism that allowed soldiers to pour boiling oil on unwanted visitors outside. There is also the original pit prison, which dates back to the time when the castle was used as a courthouse, which can be accessed through a secret stone trap door from the main hall.
Law Castle is also the backdrop for spooky legends, with sightings reported by – perhaps not very rigorous – local media. A previous guest in search of ghosts described to two local newspapers the “strange feelings” he felt during a séance in one of the bedrooms. You say it’s a little bit? Ok, it’s a little bit.
On the other hand, Law Castle is a very warm and welcoming place in its own way. Heating radiates the stone floors during the cold Scottish winters and the castle is designed to be enjoyed by visitors of all ages once they get used to the low ceilings and steep stairs. It is available to rent on Snaptrip, with prices starting at € 1950.