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Scotland: Holidaymakers can stay in spooky Law Castle that has a murder hole and pit prison


Would you dare stay here? The spooky 15th-century Scottish holiday castle that has a ‘murder hole’ and a pit prison under a trapdoor (and yes, some say it’s haunted)

  • Law Castle, in West Kilbride, was built in the 15th century for Princess Mary 
  • The five-floor castle can sleep up to 14 people across its six luxury bedrooms 
  • Its Great Hall is a former courtroom and on the roof is a former guards’ lookout 

If you’re looking to stay somewhere truly spook-tacular, then look no further.

This spine-chilling Scottish castle is available as a holiday rental – and it comes with a ‘murder hole’ and prison pit under a trapdoor.

Law Castle in West Kilbride, North Ayrshire, is a 15th-century property that was originally constructed as a wedding present for Princess Mary, the eldest daughter of James II of Scotland.

The 15th-century holiday rental Law Castle in West Kilbride, North Ayrshire

The 15th-century holiday rental Law Castle in West Kilbride, North Ayrshire

The castle was originally constructed as a wedding present for Princess Mary, the eldest daughter of James II of Scotland

The castle was originally constructed as a wedding present for Princess Mary, the eldest daughter of James II of Scotland

Inside the Law Castle's Great Hall, which used to serve as a courtroom

Inside the Law Castle’s Great Hall, which used to serve as a courtroom  

The kitchen, which is just off The Great Hall. The hall comes complete with a pit prison behind a flagstone trap door

 The kitchen, which is just off The Great Hall. The hall comes complete with a pit prison behind a flagstone trap door

The Great Hall, pictured, has a log fire, two large candelabras and a 42-inch Plasma TV

The Great Hall, pictured, has a log fire, two large candelabras and a 42-inch Plasma TV

Now, 600 years later, it is reportedly a place of paranormal activity – one ghost hunter claimed she was attacked during a seance in one of the rooms.

According to its listing on booking platform Snaptrip, the five-floor castle can sleep up to 14 people across its six bedrooms and lies ‘in its own grounds at the foot of a hill, just inland from the Ayrshire coast’. 

The castle’s infamous murder hole can be found just above the main entrance to the property. It is here where hot oil would have been poured on to any unwelcome visitors.

On the ground floor there two vaulted rooms – one a bedroom with an en-suite bathroom and another a utility room.

One of the six bedrooms within Law Castle, which has reportedly seen paranormal activity

One of the six bedrooms within Law Castle, which has reportedly seen paranormal activity 

The castle can sleep a total of 14 guests across its bedrooms

The castle can sleep a total of 14 guests across its bedrooms 

Moving up to the first floor, guests will find The Great Hall, which once served as a courtroom. It comes complete with the pit prison behind a flagstone trap door.

The Great Hall also has a log fire, two large candelabras and a 42-inch Plasma TV ‘with full cinema sound and iPod dock, discreetly hidden behind an ornate tapestry’.

The floors above that, which are connected via a spiral stone staircase, are home to the castle’s five other bedrooms, which all have four-poster beds.

A two-night stay at the castle over the weekend of Halloween starts from £2,193. Pictured is the dungeon bedroom and its 'drawbridge bed'

A two-night stay at the castle over the weekend of Halloween starts from £2,193. Pictured is the dungeon bedroom and its ‘drawbridge bed’ 

The stone bathroom, which is next to the dungeon bedroom, has a bath made out of stone

The stone bathroom, which is next to the dungeon bedroom, has a bath made out of stone 

According to its listing on Snaptip, the castle lies 'in its own grounds at the foot of a hill, just inland from the Ayrshire coast'

According to its listing on Snaptip, the castle lies ‘in its own grounds at the foot of a hill, just inland from the Ayrshire coast’

The listing adds that the staircase continues to the roof to the ‘Caphouse’, which was formerly the guards’ lookout.

Here there are ‘views over the quiet village of West Kilbride towards the Firth of Clyde and the Isle of Arran’.

A two-night stay at the castle over the weekend of Halloween starts from £2,193. For more information visit www.lawcastle.com.

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