Horses and Ghosts in Ireland
Six Feet Under, starting October 30th, Cross Country International
offers riders a chance to get close to 50 ghosts. This unique four-day
package offers riders a combination of riding through ancient forests,
and the River Shannon and reveling at Leap Castle, Ireland's most
haunted castle full of active ghosts.
ride to Leap Castle, said to be the most haunted castle in Ireland
with fifty ghosts, is a once in a lifetime opportunity," said
Karen Lancaster, President of Cross Country International Equestrian
Vacations. At Leap Castle, guests will have a Halloween banquet
and will be entertained by Sean Ryan, Ireland's famous Tin Whistle
player," said Lancaster.
Castle is home to many secrets of a dark and mysterious past. Over
400 years ago in what is now known as the "Bloody Chapel"
a shocking murder occurred between one brother and his priest brother
during high mass. Another source of evil at Leap Castle is a hidden
ubliet (a dungeon) located off the bloody chapel. Here, their Irish
employers murdered over 50 Scottish mercenaries to avoid payment.
1900, workmen who where hired to clean out the ubliet made a hideous
discovery, human skeletons laid piled on top of each other. Because
of its extremely bloody history Leap Castle has always had a reputation
of being haunted, a reputation so strong local people avoided it
at night. Completely gutted by fire, Leap Castle was boarded up
and it's gates were pad locked for over 70 years. Locals have described
seeing the windows at the top of the castle "light up for a
few seconds as if many candles were brought into the room"
late at night. The castle laid in ruin for years.
Leap castle is open for very special occasions - like the Halloween
season. "The best way to get to Leap castle is on the back
of a horse, " said Lancaster, " I just hope we don't see
any headless horseman!"
and their friends will get to spend four nights in the luxurious
Kinnitty Castle an authentic and completely restored Eleventh Century
castle, and ride to Irelands most haunted castle. The trip also
includes three days of riding through ancient forests and along
the River Shannon, breakfast and lunch (trail days) each day and
a grand dinner at the famous Leap castle for just $995 per person.
This price is $300 less then the normal 4-day price and there is
no single supplement. Departure dates are Oct 30, November 2, and
Castle is magnificent and boasts luxurious and stately bedrooms
and reception rooms filled with antique furnishings. Gourmet dining
is combined with fine hospitality. Kinnitty Castle was one of the
three fortresses guarding the lands of the powerful O'Carroll family.
This castle is most famous for it's long and turbulent history.
The castle was destroyed in 1209 and was later rebuilt by the Norman's
in 1213. It has all the luxuries of modern life within a mansion
of historical and architectural importance. Each bedroom is large
with its own bathroom and views of either the great lawn or Kinnitty
Forest. There is a modern health club and tennis courts on the premises,
along with a beautiful dining.
Country International is the world's largest provider of equestrian
vacations with offices in Millbrook, New York. For more information
call 800 828-8768 or go to their website at www.equestrianvacations.com.
--click on the flying black bat!!!