Ross Castle, Killarney

Allegedly haunted by medieval ghosts, Ross Castle sits on the edge of Lough Leane, one of three interlinked lakes within the country's most popular national park. Built in the 15th century by the region's ruling O'Donoghue clan, the castle was among the last places in Ireland to succumb to the forces of Oliver Cromwell, who occupied the country in 1650. The castle's cunning defensive features include a spiral staircase designed with each step a different height, which helped trip up would-be attackers for over a century. You can see the unusual staircase and rooms filled with 17th century oak furniture by guided tour only, so be sure to book your tickets well in advance. A visit to Ross Castle represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Killarney trip builder to plot your vacation.
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  • Things to do in this area. take pictures, walk, sit and watch the landscape and the Castle sports activities here.
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  • Its nice castle on lakeshore with nice views of surrounding area.Wisited this castle in winter so no much activity going on,will be back in summer.  more »
  • What a little gem to see. Admittance today was free. Our guide was most helpful on our tour. We were so surprised at what a great restoration it is. Well done.  more »
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  • Ross 🏰 is very nice place to visit, especially in summer where you can take one hour boat trip across the lake, jaunting cars also available for those who don't care about animal welfare. Beware if you want to take a walk around- dog's poo everywhere!!! Dog owners don't bother to clean up after their pets. So if you have small kids, you really have to watch their every step. This really ruined our experience.
  • Castle ruins are so captivating and eerily haunting to me- Ross Castle didn’t disappoint!! It had rained heavily and the place was flooded but those willing to wade through 6” of water to the castle were rewarded with much beauty. If you are a castle person be sure to visit this one!
  • Beautiful castle and surroundings but the people who run Ross castle are really in dark ages. No card machine to pay for tours. only hard cash. No ATM nearby too. Have to go all the way to killarney. Shame!!
  • I enjoyed a lovely scenic walk from Killarney to Ross Castle and beyond to the neolithic copper mines. Ross Castle is located in a well kept park on the edge of the lake. There are public toilets. A cafe is open during the warmer months.
  • They're is a lovely informative walk through the estate and around the lake, showing old mines and history from the region. An excellent addition to your visit to Killarney. Very picturesque.

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