Ross Castle, Killarney

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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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  • As with most things in Kerry, it's the people who make it special, and our tour of Ross castle was no different. Peter took us through what is a fairly minimally furnished old castle, but he painted.....  more
    As with most things in Kerry, it's the people who make it special, and our tour of Ross castle was no different. Peter took us through what is a fairly minimally furnished old castle, but he painted.....  more »
  • The tour was detailed, entertaining, and professional. I did not like the inability to take pictures....bummer. Tour guides were patient with active children, but it was a bit of a distraction to... 
    The tour was detailed, entertaining, and professional. I did not like the inability to take pictures....bummer. Tour guides were patient with active children, but it was a bit of a distraction to...  more »
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  • We had a family gathering and gad a great time. We stayed in the houses and they were comfortable but needs updating. Food was great at the bar and the restaurant. Waiting staff were fantastic. Swimming pool was small, steam room was not working properly also plastic chairs in there🤔 It would be lovely if they put some menthol in the steam room. Ladies changing room toilet sit was broken, also it would lovely if they had some sort of dryer for swimming costumes. Lots to do around. walk around the lake was great.
  • We were very fortunate that our driver who was taking us from Dublin to Kilarney was extremely knowledgeable of this castle and it's history. If you have the opportunity take the Ross castle tour and learn more about its history. Sometimes photos do not do a site Justice Justice highly recommend for locals and travelers alike.... You will find some of the photos at this site or from the site worth from the tour on the lake which a Hollywood which I highly recommend you taking along with the history and travel of Ross castle

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