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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  • Beautiful fort, with part restored, part of the largest national park of Ireland, next to a beautiful lake. The tour is guided and the tip is to hire a boat for a visit by the lake.
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  • We did not go into the castle as the next tour was 45 minutes away. We did walk the beautiful lake front and it was peaceful and calming. There are boat tours and water type activities to be had. The ...  more »
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  • Great tour with Peter through the castle! It is necessary to make a tour to see the inside, which is somehow pity for all who do not get a ticket for one! I really enjoyed the tour, i just would wish to be able to enter some of the upper exterior area of it!
  • It's a pretty side, with birds water and beautiful scenery all around. It was very windy the day I was there, but I would highly recommend a visit to see the place when it's calm. The castle appears small, I didn't go it, it was closed already. But the surroundings are pretty stunning. There is a free car park nearby so you can easily park and walk to the castle.
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