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Ballygally Castle is quite a historical landmark found in Northern Ireland. To this day, it remains the only 17th century structure in the country which still operates as a residence. Most of its popularity is derived from its medieval architecture and great location (it overlooks the sea). However, others are attracted to its reputation as one of the most haunted places in the province.
A haunted place’s defining feature is the tragedy that surrounds it, and Ballygally Castle certainly has it. At one point, it was owned by the Shaw family. For whatever reason, Lord Shaw became so angry with his wife that he locked Lady Isobel in a tower and let her starve. Instead of suffering, she eventually elected to kill herself by jumping out the window. That room which is not called the Ghost Room is off-limits to guests.
Lady Isobel Shaw is the most common sighting at the castle, and according to reports likes to knock on guests’ doors and disappear. Another woman who is often seen walking in a silk dress is Madame Nixon, a ghost who lived in the castle in the 19th century.