Ross Castle

Ross Road. 1.5 km to Town Centre
Ross Castle sits on the edge of Killarney's lower lake and was built by O'Donoghue Mór in the 15th century. The Castle came into the hands of the Brownes who became the Earls of Kenmare and owned an extensive portion of the lands that are now part of Killarney National Park .

Legend has it that O'Donoghue still exists in a deep slumber under the waters of Lough Léin. On the first morning of May every seven years he rises from the lake on his magnificent white horse and circles the lake. Anyone catching a glimpse of him is said to be assured of good fortune for the rest of their lives. The large rock at the entrance to the bay is known as O'Donoghue's prison.

Ross Castle is believed to be the last significant fortress to fall to Cromwell's armies in Ireland.It was eventually taken by General Ludlow in 1652.
Ross Castle is located on Ross Island. Its human habitation history goes back some 9000 years with one of Europe's earliest Bronze Age Copper Mines dating back some 4500 years. A most informative and pleasant Mining & Nature Walking Trail takes you through the Island.

The castle has been magnificently restored to its former glory. Ross Castle is open to the public from April through to October. Avail of the scheduled guided tours of the castle.

You can get to Ross Castle by car by picking up the roadway from the N71 just outside the town or by walking or cycling from the Killarney House and Knockreer sections of the National Park. Jaunting cars also make the journey. Boat trips from Ross and Reen piers to Innisfallen on the Lower Lake and
to Lord Brandon's Cottage on the Upper Lake. Two Waterbuses depart from Ross pier for trips on the Lower Lake - Sailing Times at the Piers

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