The Traveling knight: October 23, 2001

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October 23, 2001

The Newsletter of   Castles of the World Tours
Volume #7

 

Contents:

Tour Announcements:
Our thoughts and prayers for the victims of the recent tragedies.

Feature Story:
Haunted Castles and Hotels

Haunted Castle on TV

News:
Castles Resources Section Improved.

 

TOUR ANNOUNCEMENTS:  Our thoughts and prayers for the victims of the recent tragedies.

Castles of the World is deeply saddened by the recent tragic events, and we offer our thoughts and prayers to the victims and heroes of these senseless attacks.  We decided to cancel our September newsletter as a sign of respect to the victims.

Understandably, after September, 11 the interest for our trips decreases dramatically.  We are now back again to our usual traffic levels on our web site, in fact October 2001 promises to be our best month ever.  The interest in our tours has never been stronger.  We are confident we will sell out all of our tours for the 2002 season.

FEATURE STORY: Haunted Castles and Hotels

Castles of the World has launched a new website, http://www.Haunted-Castles-and-Hotels.com in it, you will come face to face with places known for the haunted legends that have been part of their history. We are promoting our Best Castles of England and Ireland tour where travelers will visit famous haunted castles. Most castles can only be visited in daylight hours or through special permission of the owners. However, some have been converted into hotels or have at least some rooms visitors can stay in. So come on, take the trip of a lifetime and visit the ten spooky haunted castles listed below. The trip includes a stay at two castle hotels where, according to the owner or other guests, ghosts are still roaming the halls!

At Caernarfon you might see the ghosts of English soldiers sent to guard the town against the native Welsh. In 1719 Eilean Donan was occupied by the Spanish troops and it is said that the ghosts of these troops haunt the castle to this very day. King Henry VIII has been seen by some haunting the hallways of Windsor Castle. His footsteps, along with agonizing moans, have been heard by many guests of the castle. The most persistent ghost in the Tower of London is said to be that of the ghost of Queen Anne Boleyn, wife of Henry VIII. Legends tell of Glamis Castle to be home to a vampire, a witch, and several ghosts. The ghost of a black dog has been seen at Leeds Castle, according to local lore. 

Not all tales of hauntings are scary; sometimes people hear a song being sung near a window when nobody is there. At Inveraray Castle a ghost has been seen playing the harp, and at Edinburgh Castle the ghost of a headless drummer and a piper playing on the battlements have been seen spotted by some. A ghost piper is even said to play his haunted song in the grounds of the castle! In the past some people have claimed to see a man or woman in old-time clothes walking through a closed and locked door, and a spirit called "The White Lady" is rumored to often take walks along the edge of St. Andrews Castle.

The ghost that haunts Ballygally Castle, which has been turned into a hotel, is said to be Lady Shaw, Who enjoys herself knocking at doors of the different hotel rooms. The ghost of the Gray Lady has been seen by some wandering the battlements or the banquet hall of Ruthin Castle- Hotel

On our tour you may encounter something “not of this world”, castles that may be haunted by ghosts and things beyond all explanation. Sometimes it's a feeling of cold, or a sense that somebody is in a room who can't be seen. We invite you to embark on this grand tour of these spooky castles with the knowledgeable staff of Castles Of The World. Castles of the World is now accepting reservations for their tours in July and in September. For more information, visit http://www.CastlesOfTheWorld.com.

Haunted Castles on TV

During July we sent a special edition of our newsletter requesting for a volunteer couple to stay at a Haunted castle, for a special TV show from FOX Family Channel.  We found a young honeymoon couple who stayed at the haunted castle in Scotland.  During the evening of October 23rd, FOX family channel will air this episode.  Please make sure to check your local TV guide for the time and channel in your local area.  The following paragraph is the description that FOX sent to us.

Fourteenth century Balgonie Castle in Fife, Scotland, is a site that is legendary for its history of hauntings. Reports of apparitions and ghostly voices are attributed to its great hall. An infamous "green lady" is said to wander the old wing. Unseen hands have reportedly assailed visitors. When an American couple seeking a suitable place for their wedding visits Balgonie Castle, they soon learn that what looks like a romantic retreat from the outside is in fact a place of terror. 

NEWS: Castles Resources Section Improved.

We have upgraded our links or directory section.  It now includes over 2,500 links to every site that we know of the web that is related to castles.  You can find our improved castle resources section at: http://www.castles.org/Resources/

If you know of another castle related site, please send us an email and we will gladly added to our directory.

Prize Winner:
Toni Mattson of Georgia is our current winner.  Toni, you have one week from the date of this newsletter to contact us to claim your prize.

 

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