Ross Castle, located on the edge of Killarney National Park, was built in the 15th century and is the ancestral home of the O’ Donoghue clan.
The castle has changed hands many times since the O’ Donoghues, to Mac Carty Mor, and Sir Valentine Browne. It was eventually surrendered to Oliver Cromwell’s Roundheads during the Irish Confederate War.
The castle gives visitors a chance to experience what it was like to live as an Irish chieftan during the Middle Ages. The tower was originally surrounded by a square bawn defended by round corner towers on each end. You can also see spiral staircases, machicolation and parapets.
Visitors will also see magnificent oak furniture from the 16th and 17th century.
As legend goes, O’ Donoghue now lives in a castle at the bottom of the lake where he keeps a close eye on everything that he sees. So when your group goes to visit keep an eye out for him by the lake!