From haunted castle visits to eerie Highland battlefields, European Waterways is inviting guests to explore spooky locations on some of its barge tours.

Spirit of Scotland

Many of the barge operator’s hotel barges are now offering tours of some of Europe’s most haunted sites, from Château d’Ancy-le-Franc in France, which is said to be haunted by the ghost of Henry II’s mistress, to Leap Castle in Ireland, the setting for the popular Ghost Hunter and Most Haunted television shows. 

Selected haunted tour details

Leap Castle is one of Ireland’s most famous sites for ghosts, with a history of bloody family rivalries. It is one of the daily excursions offered onboard European Waterways’ ten-passenger Shannon Princess hotel barge. 

During the cruise, guests will also get to indulge in another kind of spirit in the form of a private tasting at the Kilbeggan Whiskey Distillery. 

Meanwhile, guests aboard European Waterways’ 12-passenger Spirit of Scotland and the 8-passenger Scottish Highlander can visit Cawdor Castle, the setting for Shakespeare’s Macbeth, one of the bard’s most bloody plays, where witches and ghosts feature prominently. These cruises also offer onshore excursions to the mystical battlefields of Culloden and Glencoe.

With Paris just hours from some of its cruise routes in Southern France, the barge operator can also take passengers to the city’s famed catacombs and the cemetery of Père Lachaise. Père Lachaise cemetery is the final resting place of celebrities such as Oscar Wilde, Edith Piaf and American rocker Jim Morrison. 

Group information

European Waterways offers a variety of cruises onboard its barges. These range from eight passenger to 20 passenger vessels. Certain barges can be hired out on a private charter basis for your group.

Smaller groups are welcome to book onto barge tours too without chartering.

The barge operator offers a selection of tours tailored to different interests, from wine and whisky themed trips to shopping and markets, to biking barge tours.

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