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.
Tours to Ross Castle
The Gap of Dunloe Full-Day Tour from Killarney BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $48
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes
Gap of Dunloe Half-Day Tour and Boat Ride from Killarney BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $43
Duration: 5 hours 18 minutes
Ross Castle reviews
Not great. Better sites in the park. Can’t get into it unless booked on a tour which we found hilarious because it is so small. Tour must last around 5 minutes. We walked arounf it in 2. more »
Beautiful castle on the edge of Killarney Lakes. Plenty of walkways and trails, not just a castle. Worth a visit. more »
Magic place, well worth a visit. Several informative plaques re local history. Free car park.Take a boat ride from the pier and look out for a white tailed eagle on one of the islands. You will feel better when you dock again, guaranteed!
The castle and the landscape around it were very good. Its important to know that you can only visit the castle with an English Guided Tour, not by your own. Our guide Claudia was more than excellent. The tour is 5€ for adults, 4€ for seniors and 3€ for children and students.
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