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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  • If you like history, this was a very neat experience. It's about $5 to enter the castle, on a guided tour only, you cannot tour the castle on your own. The castle is mostly rebuilt on the inside... 
    If you like history, this was a very neat experience. It's about $5 to enter the castle, on a guided tour only, you cannot tour the castle on your own. The castle is mostly rebuilt on the inside...  more »
  • Ross Castle is fairly small but the setting on the lake makes up for that. There are better castles in Ireland but the Castle is close to a few other attractions in Killarney National Gardens so... 
    Ross Castle is fairly small but the setting on the lake makes up for that. There are better castles in Ireland but the Castle is close to a few other attractions in Killarney National Gardens so...  more »
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  • A lovely scenic spot, with views out across the lake to the mountains in the distance. Be aware you CAN NOT fly drones here as I found out but they were very nice about it and just asked me nicely to bring it down. But lovely old castle to view here and I believe they do horse drawn carriage rides from here to
  • Very well restored castle living tower close to Killarney. Only possible to visit with a guided tour, which takes about 1 hour with a very knowledgeable guide. Costs 5€ per adult which in my view is very reasonable. You can visit all rooms and get interesting facts provided about the living circumstances and the building history.

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