Ross Castle, County Kerry
Ross Castle sits on the edge of Killarney's lower lake and was built by O' Donoghue Mór in the 15th Century. The Castle came into the hands of the Brownes who became the Earls of Kenmare and owned an extensive portion of the lands that are now part of Killarney National Park. Legend has it that O' Donoghue still exists in a deep slumber under the waters of Lough Leane. On the first morning of May every seven years he rises from the lake on his magnificent white horse and circles the lake. Anyone catching a glimpse of him is said to be assured of good fortune for the rest of their lives.
The large rock at the entrance to the bay is known as O' Donoghue's prison. Ross Castle was the last stronghold in Munster to hold out against Cromwell. It was eventually taken by General Ludlow in 1652. It is surrounded by a fortified bawn, its curtain walls defended by circular flanking towers, two of which remain. Much of the bawn was removed by the time the Barrack building was added on the south side of the castle sometime in the middle of the 18th Century. The castle contains 16th and 17th century oak furniture.
Guided tours are available and take approximately 40 minutes, during the summer months the site can get very busy and visitors may experience delays. Access for people with disabilities to the ground floor, only by prior arrangement.
Add to Custom Tour
Create your very own Ireland tour with our Tailor Made Tours section. Once you've created an account and logged in, you can add your favourite attractions, accommodation and activities. And, when you're happy with your choices, just send them on to one of our Ireland experts and we'll design a custom itinerary and quote tailored just for you.
Best of Ireland South Self-Drive Tour
Take in Ireland's south at your own pace.
Starting from $1,661 pps
Best of All Ireland Chauffeur Drive Tour 15 Days
The ultimate chauffeur drive tour - Ireland north and south.
Starting from $5,776 pps
Luxury South Self-Drive Tour 8 Days
Luxurious accommodation and the south's arresting scenery.
Starting from $1,459 pps
Best of Ireland South Chauffeur Drive Tour 15 Days
Traverse the south in style.
Starting from $5,808 pps
Best of Ireland Chauffeur-Drive Tour 11 Days
Best of Ireland with driver/guide.
Starting from $4,120 pps
Best of Ireland Self-Drive Tour 8 Days
History, heritage, breath taking scenery. An unforgettable tour.
Starting from $1,105 pps
The Ireland Experience Self-Drive Tour 8 Days
Including some of Ireland's top attractions.
Starting from $1,001 pps
Romantic Ireland Self-Drive Tour 6 Days
Find romance around every corner on this short getaway.
Starting from $884 pps
Best of Ireland Self-Drive Tour 11 Days
The very best of Ireland in just under two weeks.
Starting from $1,206 pps
Ancient Ireland Self-Drive Tour 6 Days
Adventure through Ireland's intriguing past.
Starting from $862 pps
The Ireland Experience Chauffeur Drive Tour 8 Days
See Ireland's best...
Starting from $3,547 pps
Romantic Ireland Chauffeur Drive Tour 6 Days
Embrace the romance of Ireland in this privately guided tour.
Starting from $2,269 pps
Luxury South Chauffeur Drive Tour 6 Days
A luxurious getaway complete with private driver and guide.
Starting from $3,054 pps
Luxury South Self-Drive Tour 6 Days
Treat yourself to the finest in Ireland's south.
Starting from $1,057 pps
Ancient Ireland Self-Drive Tour 8 Days
Uncover the secrets of Ireland's ancient past.
Starting from $1,083 pps
Ancient Ireland Chauffeur Drive Tour 11 Days
The essential Ancient Ireland Tour with your very own guide.
Starting from $4,286 pps
Ancient Ireland Self-Drive Tour 11 Days
Jump back in time and walk in ancient footsteps.
Starting from $1,228 pps
Best of Ireland Self-Drive Tour 6 Days
Enjoy highlight after highlight during this short tour.
Starting from $959 pps
Ancient Ireland Chauffeur Drive Tour 8 Days
A unique tour of ancient Ireland with a driver/guide.
Starting from $3,043 pps
Romantic Ireland Self-Drive Tour 8 Days
Fall in love with the Emerald Isle and enjoy a whirlwind romance.
Starting from $885 pps
Best of Ireland Chauffeur Drive Tour 8 Days
Sit back, relax and enjoy the best of Ireland.
Starting from $3,168 pps
Castles of Ireland Self-Drive Tour 8 Days
Enjoy the best castles in Ireland
Starting from $1,471 pps
Traditional Pub & Folklore Self-Drive Tour 6 Days
Get acquainted with Ireland's culture and traditions.
Starting from $940 pps
Romantic Ireland Chauffeur Drive Tour 8 Days
Get swept away in the romance of Ireland with a touch of class.
Starting from $3,052 pps
Best of All Ireland Self-Drive Tour 15 Days
Experience the best of Ireland north and south.
Starting from $1,676 pps
Best of Ireland Chauffeur Drive Tour 6 Days
Enjoy this 6 day tour and see some of best of Ireland.
Starting from $2,269 pps
Traditional Pub & Folklore Chauffeur-Drive Tour 6 Days
Relax and enjoy the culture.
Starting from $2,390 pps
Luxury South Chauffeur Drive Tour 8 Days
Stunning accommodation and your very own personal guide.
Starting from $4,400 pps
Ancient Ireland Chauffeur Drive Tour 6 Days
Take a quick visit through Ireland's intriguing past.
Starting from $2,263 pps