Just a short 15-minute walk from Killarney Town, the stone fortress of Ross Castle sits majestically on the edge of Killarney’s Lower Lake. The ancient stronghold was built by the O’Donoghue Mór Clan in the 15th century and was believed to be the last significant fortress to fall to Cromwell’s armies in Ireland during the Irish Confederate Wars. Today Ross Castle is open to the public during the Summer months and is visited by many who wish to learn more about the legend and folklore of the fortress.
The wider area where the Castle is located is called Ross Island and is also a hive of activity offering daily jaunts to and from the National Park, lake cruises and a wide variety of walking trails and viewing points including Library Point and Grosvenor Rock for the most breath-taking views of the Killarney Lakes and beyond.
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