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We decided to visit a couple of the local sights before jumping into the Ring of Kerry traffic, I figured if we left early or we left late that at least we wouldn't be stuck behind a caravan of giant tour buses all day. We got to Ross Castle before it opened for the day, I never did see an admission booth, and just as we left we saw the first herd of tourists. The website says that visits are by guided tour only and it takes 40 minutes. Admission is included on the Heritage Card which we had so it's too bad that we didn't wait. But it was one of the prettier castles that we saw and the surrounding view was gorgeous so it was worth the trip to see it even if we didn't go inside.
Ross Castle is thought to have been built in the late 15th century by one of the O'Donoghue Ross chieftains and is built to resist invaders, it has murder holes from which the occupants would pour boiling liquids, arrows, rocks or anything else that could harm intruders from holes cut in passageway and entrances and also stumble steps which are uneven stairs that would cause anyone running up the stairs to stumble, slowing their attack.
This square medieval tower which was built by the O' Donoghues in the 15th century is beautifully situated on the shores of Lough Lein. Now restored, the castle houses a fine collection of 16th and 17th century oak furniture. Killarney to the rose castle, take about 30min by walk. There are beautiful walking course.
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A Bit Of Fresh Air At Ross Castle
We took a boat ride around the lakes surrounding the castle in order to give us a break from the drinking. A splendid place to take in the Irish air.
We were told by our taxi driver that in 1652 it was one of the last strongholds in this region to surrender to Cromwell's forces. We were about thirty to forty bearded Englishmen back for a re-enactment.
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On a suberb site overlooking the Lough Leane stands Ross Castle. Built in the 15th c by O'Donoghue Mor, it came into the hands of the Earls of Kenmare, the Browne family. Defended by high thick walls and 4 turrets the castle was the one of the last to fall to Cromwells roundheads in 1652.
Once again legend has it that O'Donoghue fell out of his window one day with his horse and can be seen once every 7 years riding round the lake.
Walking around the gardens is free, but a visit inside is 4€ for an adult, with the usual concessions for seniors, students and children.
There are jaunty carts aplenty in the town centre that will take you there.
Also possible to take a boat-ride on the lake or out to Inisfallen island.
Ross Castle sits on the shore of the lower lake in Killarney. It's a great place to get a boat trip or rent a fishing boat and row away at your ease. There are some islands which can be visited, such as Inisfalen
Part of the Killarney National park, Ross castle is a recently renovated castle, dating back from the 1600's. Formerly an English garrison, it's on the shore of Lake Laune. Very narrow spiral staircases, so be careful. €3.80 admission fee which includes a very good guided tour. It's quite cold & draughty inside. Check out the "murder hole" and the banquet rooms. Will have photos developed soon.
This photo of Ross Castle is a...
This photo of Ross Castle is a visual representation of Irish spring weather - bright sunshine on one side of the castle, raining on the other side!
Ross Castle is the 15th century domain of the O'Donoghues - the last place in Munster to fall to Cromwell. According the legend the castle could fall only by water, so Ludlow led the Cromwellian forces via floating batteries launched from the lake. The O'Donoghues saw the prophecy's fulfilling, and surrendered.
On the shore of Lough Leanne Ross Castle can be visited. It's a nice castle to see and also offers a lovely area to walk around in.
The castle was built in the 15th century by the O'Donoghue clan.
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