With many events not going ahead this year as they usually would, why not try something a little different for Halloween, and book a stay in a haunted house...if you dare?
Originally constructed in the fifteenth century as a wedding present for Princess Mary, eldest daughter of James II of Scotland, Ayrshire Castle is now available on the last-minute UK accommodation site, Snaptrip, a mere 600 years later for you to stay in this Halloween. With Google searches for ‘haunted house’ up 49% from 2018 to 2019, experts at Snaptrip are predicting to see arise in haunted staycations this year.
And this Halloween hotspot has had its fair share of spooktactular stories, with Ghost Hunters Scotland reporting paranormal activity during their stay at the property. Speaking to a local newspaper, ghost hunter Sharon McKee explains her hair-raising experience: “We were doing a seance in one of the bedrooms when something physically attacked me and transfigured its energy onto me."
Ayrshire Castle comes decorated with all the classic and rustic features of a castle fit for a Princess... as well as the spine-chilling additions of a ‘murder hole’ and pit prison. The ‘murder hole’ was once used to pour hot oil over unwelcomed visitors to the castle, and the pit prison can be found behind a flagstone trap door... but the question is, will you be able to find it?
During your stay you can even take a short trip in the footsteps of Tam O’Shanter in “Alloway’s auld haunted kirk”, the setting for Robert Burns’ famous poem - take part in the gathering of the witches and warlocks amongst the ghosts and spirits of the Auld Kirk before returning to your castle.
There’s still availability for Halloween, but spook seekers will need to be quick before it gets snappedup!
For more information and to book, visit Snaptrip.
To book out the whole castle (which can sleep up to 14 people) for the Halloween weekend, it’ll set you back £2,193 for the 2-night stay.
Please do note that the latest government guidelines on travel and social distancing must be adhered to when booking a stay via Snaptrip.