One of Ireland’s most famous landmarks, Ross Castle was built in the 15th century home to O’Donoghue Mór, the local chieftan.

Located within Killarney National Park and on the shore of Loch Léin, Ross Castle was one of the last fortresses in Ireland to fall to Cromwellian forces in 1652. Out from the castle is a small rock named O’Donoghue’s Prison, where the chieftain imprisoned and confined his rebellious son, Teighe.

Today, the castle has been fully restored and contains 16th and 17th century furniture. Ross Castle is open to the public during the high season. Access for people with disabilities to the ground floor only by prior arrangement. Visitors may experience delays during the summer months so it’s best to check out the next tour on your arrival.

Ross Castle is also the starting point for the Killarney Waterbus Tour, an all-weather cruise of Loch Léin, passing the islands, including Inisfallen, home to a 12th century  Augustinian monastery and the Tomies shore on the opposite side of the lake.

Ross Castle

Wonderful time, Serena is a very gracious host and cook! Sika is located close enough to walk to town but it is a ways. Cabs are available. Sika is located at the start of the Ring Of Kerry. Serena was very helpful booking our tour too. Rooms are clean and bathrooms are modern. Loved it. Would go again.