Haunted castles can be found in good number across the globe. This is because castles in general are plentiful in number, and when you consider that many have a sordid history, it only seems reasonable that at least some would be haunted. Whether you believe in ghosts or not, paranormal activity has been reported at various castles, so you might alter your opinion. Of course, the only real way to find out for yourself is to treat yourself to a castle tour or even stay over night in a castle hotel. Perhaps you'll start with the castles of Scotland.
The haunted Scottish castles are plentiful, which makes a Scotland vacation extra tempting for paranormal enthusiasts. Among them figures Eilean Donan Castle, which is also one of the best all around castles in the country. As far as the haunted history of Eilean Donan Castle is concerned, the structure is said to be haunted by Spanish soldiers who perished during an eighteenth-century bombardment of the fortress. Perhaps you'll notice their ghostly presences upon your visit.
Another Scottish castle that is haunted is Skibo Castle. An impressive structure to say the least, Skibo Castle is supposedly haunted by the ghost of a young girl. As the story goes, this girl paid the castle a visit centuries ago. Upon this visit, she disappeared, and the castle's keeper was the main suspect. It is believed he buried her body on the castle grounds, and subsequent to this, the hauntings began. The ghost is said to resemble a ghostly white lady.
After you finish touring the haunted Scottish castles, you might move on to the other haunted castles in the general region. These castles include the haunted castles of England. Two of the most famous English castles that are said to be haunted are Windsor Castle and Hever Castle. At Windsor, some have claimed that they saw the ghost of Elizabeth I, and among the many other paranormal allegations are the sightings of Herne the Hunter. The most famous ghost of Windsor Castle, Herne the Hunter, supposedly hung himself from a tree in Windsor Forest after falling into a deep depression. As the story goes, the King at the time, Richard II, dismissed him from his much cherished position as head huntsman.
As for Hever Castle, it is perhaps best known for being the childhood home of Anne Boleyn. This former wife of Henry VIII was beheaded upon the orders of her husband, and her ghost has apparently been seen on the Hever Castle grounds. In fact, many sightings have been reported, with the gardens being an especially good place to keep an eye out.
Some of the most haunted castles in the world can be found in Ireland. As such, you might make a break for this wonderful republic on your next ghost hunting adventure. Some of the scariest accounts are linked to Leap Castle, and they relate to a creature that is referred to as the "Elemental" or the "It." According to accounts, this creature is accompanied by a foul stench and has sunken black holes for eyes. Sounds frightening enough. If you still have enough courage left over after visiting Leap Castle, other haunted castles of Ireland offer even more opportunities to test your courage. These castles include Carrickfergus Castle and Wilton Castle, just to name a couple.
Ireland and the UK are easily two of the best places to go if you wish to visit haunted castles. You can also venture off to the other castle-rich countries of Europe in an attempt to stir up some paranormal activity. Spain, France, and Italy are just three European countries that are also full of castles, so you might start with one of them. Of course, a visit to Romania's Castle Bran might be too hard to pass up. Also known as Dracula's Castle, Castle Bran may or may have not been inhabited by Vlad the Impaler, or Dracula as he was also known. Nobody is sure. One thing is for sure, however. Dracula's Castle has an imposing look, and since it was built in the 1300s, it has had plenty of time to build up its paranormal reserves.
Wherever there are castles, you will likely find some that are haunted. Slovenia, for example, is home to the very haunted Predjama Castle, and visitors to Newport Rhode Island can head to Belcourt Castle in attempt to catch a glimpse of a former owner's spiritual apparition. Keep your mind open, and you never know where you might end up on your haunted castle hunt.