Ross Castle (Caislean an Rois) – one of the most famous monuments of the Killarney National Park, this 15th century castle, or rather a majestic tower house, is located on the outskirts of Killarney, on the east side of Lough Leane, overlooking the Inisfallen island.
This ancestral home of the O’Donaghue clan was probably built at the end of the 15th century and is typical of its period. Then the castle passed into the hands of the Brown, who became the counts of Kenmare and owned a large part of the lands that are now part of the Killarney National Park.
In the 17th century, it was extended by adding residential buildings to it, which for some time were used as military barracks. It is also considered to be the last significant fortress that resisted the Cromwell army, and although descriptions of 200 horses and 4000 soldiers marched to the castle of Ross, he was able to resist this invasion, and he was captured not from land but from the water. And it was after this invasion that the Brown family received the majority of confiscated land, including the Ross castle.
During the visit, we can watch a great collection of furniture from the 16th and 17th centuries, although unfortunately these are not original furniture from this castle.
One of the legends says that O’Donaghue jumped or fell out of one window and now lives at the bottom of the lake and with his white horse observes the castle and its surroundings.
The castle is open to visitors from March to October, so make sure that it is open before you go there.