Allegedly haunted by medieval ghosts, Ross Castle sits on the edge of Lough Leane, one of three interlinked lakes within the country's most popular national park. Built in the 15th century by the region's ruling O'Donoghue clan, the castle was among the last places in Ireland to succumb to the forces of Oliver Cromwell, who occupied the country in 1650. The castle's cunning defensive features include a spiral staircase designed with each step a different height, which helped trip up would-be attackers for over a century. You can see the unusual staircase and rooms filled with 17th century oak furniture by guided tour only, so be sure to book your tickets well in advance. A visit to Ross Castle represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Killarney trip builder to plot your vacation.
Tours To Ross Castle
The Gap of Dunloe Full-Day Tour from Killarney BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $45
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes
Ross Castle Reviews
Not for those looking for massive old infrastructure but something good for simplicity and a brief look around. Basically just ruins but no short of eye calming scenery and company of swans and... more »
It is only a short walk from parking to this lovely castle. Even if you don't the the tour the view from the grounds is work the time. Beautiful. more »
Magic place, well worth a visit. Several informative plaques re local history. Free car park.Take a boat ride from the pier and look out for a white tailed eagle on one of the islands. You will feel better when you dock again, guaranteed!
The castle and the landscape around it were very good. Its important to know that you can only visit the castle with an English Guided Tour, not by your own. Our guide Claudia was more than excellent. The tour is 5€ for adults, 4€ for seniors and 3€ for children and students.
Places to stay near Ross Castle
Plan your trip to Killarney
Get a personalized planA complete day-by-day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your plan. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Book itChoose from the best hotels
and activities. Up to 50% off
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
View all ›
Side trips from Killarney
Hidden gems in Killarney
Nature in Killarney
View all ›
Nearby attractions in Killarney
Plans to Ross Castle by other users
3 days in Killarney BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM June, popular sights PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 40 days in Ireland BY A USER FROM SOUTH AFRICA April, popular sights PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 31 days in Ireland & Northern Ireland BY A USER FROM CANADA March, popular sights PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 60 days in Ireland BY A USER FROM CANADA March, culture, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: March, culture, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 8 days in Ireland BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 9 days in Ireland BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, culture, outdoors, romantic, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, romantic, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium