You can now stay in a creepy haunted castle with a secret prison and ‘murder hole’

Daring Brits can spend the night in a creepy 15th century Scottish castle complete with its own hidden prison and a ‘murder hole’.

Oh, and if that’s not spooky enough, ghost hunters in Scotland have even reported some paranormal activity around the property.

The Ayrshire Castle was built as a wedding gift for Princess Mary, the eldest daughter of James II of Scotland.

Nowadays, it serves as a holiday rental – but the castle still has heaps of its original features such as the stone wall interiors.

The decor itself looks like something from a film set, with throne-like seats, suits of armour, and tapestries hanging on the walls.

The Great Hall has a secret staircase

Every bedroom is pretty cool, with the likes of four-poster beds and bathrooms integrated with the stone, so you feel like you really have stepped back in time (although it does offer modern comforts such as heating and hot water!).

The castle is said to be haunted

As for common areas? There’s the Great Hall with its large banquet dining table and plush furniture, as well as a large stone fireplace with a woodburner for cosy nights in. There’s even a secret staircase leading to the room, if you can find it…

Other highlights include the ‘Caphouse’, a former guards’ lookout, as well as the ‘murder hole’, where hot oil would have been poured over unwelcome visitors.

One of the bedrooms in the spooky castle

Of course the castle also offers up some incredible views, including the nearby village of West Kilbride towards the Firth of Clyde and the Isle of Arran.

The surrounding scenery itself has heaps of Halloween -worthy credentials.

It feels like a film set

The sprawling landscape and mystical feel has inspired heaps of literature, most notably Robert Burns’ iconic poem Tam O’Shanter, which includes a scene with a gathering of witches and warlocks.

One of the quirky bathrooms in the property

Think you’re brave enough to spend the night?

You can already book stays with Snaptrip. Prices start from £2,193 for two-night stays.

The property usually sleeps up to 14 people but with the current restrictions and ‘Rule of Six’, that works out at £365.50pp with six people staying.

Don’t be disheartened if it’s not quite the right stay for you – there are plenty more supernatural spots across the UK that are worth having on your radar this Halloween… 


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