Dunluce Castle stands on a rocky outcrop just off the coast of County Antrim in Northern Ireland. Although it stands in ruin today, Dunluce Castle is one of Ireland’s oldest and finest castles. Built in the 14th century, the castle was besieged and defended by rival Irish & British families for generations, because of this it gives us our first apparition.
One of the most reported sightings at Dunluce Castle is that of a man in 14th-century clothes. It is said that this is the ghost of Richard Óg (Young Richard), who became one of the most powerful men in Ireland when he was just 12 years old. He spent the rest of his career oppressing the local people, and it is believed that his spirit is doomed to remain earthbound because of some unspeakable evil he committed.
The second ghostly figure is Maeve, said to be the soul of a young woman whose father stopped her from marrying the man she loved. When she tried to escape with her lover, her boat was overturned by a storm as her horrified father looked on helplessly. Visitors can now hear the sounds of sweeping and singing coming from her bedroom, as well as the ghostly spectre of a woman looking out over the cliffs.
Dunluce’s most famous reports, however, is that of the accident in the kitchen. One of the castle’s most striking features is just how precariously it dangles over the edge of the cliffs. Over the years, parts of the castle have fallen away, most famously in 1639, when the castle kitchen collapsed into the sea below, taking eight people with it, and leaving just one small boy cowering in the corner. It is said the screams of the doomed residents can be heard reverberating to this day, particularly on stormy nights