So The Story Goes...
Hauntings not only occur in buildings. There have been spooky encounters on streets and highways around Northern Ireland:
Ballymoney Main Street is said to be the haunting grounds for George ‘Bloody’ Hutchinsons, who clanks up and down the street between the hour of midnight and 1am with his ball and chain.
In Dungannon’s Scotch Street it is said that a large woman holding a spear stalks up and down the street!
The Glenshane Pass in County Londonderry is reputedly haunted by the shadowy figure of a man and his dog.
Highwayman Cushie Glen is said to haunt the road that runs between Downhill and Limavady – Murder Hall Road, a place that no living soul would be seen ‘dead’ on! Apparently Cushie and his wife were responsible for many murders here and people have reported hearing horses' hooves on this stretch of road.
The old bridge over the Newtownards to Crawfordsburn road, near the Clandeboye Lodge Hotel is apparently home to a mysterious figure in a black cloak.
Our visitor attractions are also proving popular with our misty friends:
The Tower Museum houses the second oldest coach in Ireland and it is said to be frequently visited by Mary Anne Knox who was shot by her lover MacNaughton. A photograph, on display in the museum, shows a mist in the coach.
Also in Derry, The Workhouse Museum is allegedly haunted by a matron and two children. The matron is supposedly buried at the top of thirteen steps which lead to a room where she accidentally left two children to suffocate. She apparently roams the workhouse switching on lights.
Belfast City Hall is said to be haunted by various spectres that died working on the construction of the building. If you are there late at night a chilling presence can be felt around the toilets!
You might expect a graveyard and churches to be a place of rest for departed souls but alas they do not escape a place on our most haunted round-up:
Many years ago Friars Bush on Belfast's Stranmillis Road was reputedly haunted by a lady in white holding a lantern.
St Nicholas’s Church, Carrickfergus, is haunted by a former clergyman and the grey lady. On the Belfast Road, Carrickfergus, on the site of the old Courtlands factory, the figure of a monk has been seen walking around the site – it used to be a priory.
The site known today as The Art College, Belfast once played its part in a battle around the 16th century and the battle appears to continue even to this day! People have reported hearing the clashing of swords and the bang of cannons late at night!