The world’s most haunted distilleries

30th October, 2013 by Becky Paskin

Kilbeggan Distillery, Ireland


The Kilbeggan Distillery, or Lockes Distillery as it was originally known, dates back to 1757 and is known as one of the oldest licensed distilleries in the world.

With such a rich history, the site attracted the attention of Derek Acorah, infamous ‘psychic’ and star of the UK’s Most Haunted TV show. According to Acorah, several previous owners of the distillery continue to roam the grounds, including Kilbeggan’s founder Matthew McManus, and his son John, who was executed in 1798 for breaking curfew and for alleged membership of the United Irishmen.

During the show, Acorah recited several little-known facts he claimed the ghosts were telling him, much to the surprise of distillery manager Brian Quinn.

But it’s not just the psychic that’s had run-ins with apparitions at the historical distillery. For years  both locals and staff have told of close encounters and strange noises around the grounds.

3 Responses to “The world’s most haunted distilleries”

  1. Dram Tanna says:

    Gooderham isn’t a distery anymore. It’s a fancy shopping and condo area. So that doesn’t realy fit. I also would have included Glen Rothes, since there is a grave yard at the the distery.

  2. Hello, we’re a family from Buckie in the NE of Scotland. As a hobby we investigate paranormal claims and so called haunted places. During a visit to the Dallas Dhu Museum Distillery near Forres I heard footsteps on the malting floor, pacing up and down, stopping in certain places and keep on walking. This happened for about 5 minutes. Later in the Mash Tun area I felt a strong and intelligent presence around me, I mentioned to a friend that I thought someone might have died in this place.
    After the unguided tour I asked one of the gentlemen who work in the shop if he ever hears someone walking or a commotion on the malting floor as it is directly above the shop. He told us that this is often heard in the evening when things are getting a bit quieter. After we had our Dram he told us that in the Mash Tun area there are also strange things going on. It was noted by him that stiff old light switches get turned at night when everything is locked up and the light is on in the morning. He said he even got the manager of the museum as a witness for this. He wondered if it had anything to do with the worker that committed suicide in this area by drowning himself in one of the massive tubs when the Distillery was still operational……

    • Norma says:

      We visited Dallas Dhu yesterday…had the place to ourselves. On entering the Mash Tun area…I looked into the first big big vat on the left and wondered if it was filled with water or if the surface was glass so stuck my finger in and found it was indeed water. Immediately we had company…I thought at first other visitors were coming behind us, then wondered if birds were walking on the roof above us as I could hardly hear the commentary on the wand for the sudden creaking, scratching noises around us. Then my husband, who uses a walking stick, I thought, dropped his walking stick but he claims he felt like it was forcibly knocked out of his hand and then I was startled by a bright flash on my right as we went to walk out of the area. On leaving the room everything calmed down…..I wanted to ask the gentlemen in the shop if they ever had heard of anything unsettling in the mash tun area but didn’t but was curious and googled Dallus Dhu and reported haunting and found your post…..apologies to the spirit I unwittingly upset.

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