Occupying an enviable, scenic location on the shores of Loch Leane and flanked by mountains and woodlands, the Lake Hotel in Killarney has been offering a warm Irish welcome to guests since 1820. The hotel offers 131 guest bedrooms, encompassing a mix of classic rooms and suites, some of which are in the original house. The ruins of a 12th-century castle are also located on the hotel grounds.
The Lake Hotel is reputedly haunted by the ghost of Donal óg MacCarthy. McCarthy was a true warrior and had a ferocious reputation. He was known to collect feathers drawn from the plumage on helmets worn by members of the Queen’s forces that he had slain in battle. This earned him the nickname “Dan of the Feathers”. McCarthy was said to like a drink, so it is somewhat fitting that his ghost is said to keep watch over his former castle home from the comfort of the hotel bar.
Another resident ghost is an unidentified young girl in 19th-century clothing who has been seen wandering the grounds. Some also claim that an apparition walks the shore of the lake on misty nights with a canine companion.
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