Tully Castle ranks as one of Ireland’s spookiest spots

FERMANAGH’S thrill seeking ghost busters may have several ghosts and ghouls lurking close by on 31st October. 
For those interested in a potential spooky encounter this Halloween Tully Castle may be the ideal historic building to visit.
Located just off the main Enniskillen to Belleek road, the castle has recently been named as one of the top ten most haunted castles in Ireland. 
The derelict castle ruins are a popular tourist attraction and a real must see for those who love to revel in ‘dark tourism’.
After coming under siege during the Irish Rebellion of 1641 the tenants at Tully Castle eventually surrendered to the Maguire attack on Christmas Eve. The Castle later burnt out on Christmas day in 1641 with women and children among those massacred within its walls. It is believed that the spirits of those who lost their lives in this ferocious fire return to roam the now derelict halls. 
David Bailey, owner of the nearby Blaney Caravan Park noted that Tully is one of the old plantation castles and its 17th century ruins are steeped in history. 
“There’s a lot of history with Tully Castle and we are only starting to unearth stuff now. The castle has been widely recognised as a very famous artefact of heritage and culture,” he said.  
“There’s still great links back to plantation times and family names of people are still carried through. A lot of tourists to the area make a point of going to visit the castle and there’s a very popular walk round the lake.” 
Some believe that the ghosts of those who perished in the Christmas massacre return to haunt the halls during the festive season. Yet the castle remains a popular attraction to tourists all year round. 
With just a few days until Halloween now is the perfect time to schedule a date with the ghosts and ghouls at Tully Castle. 
If you’re up for exploring the realm of untold stories that lie within the castle and are interested in some spooky encounters with the ancient castle dwellers then Tully Castle could have the perfect Halloween adventure for you.

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