Ross Castle is located on the edge of Killarney's Lower Lake. It is a typical example of the stronghold of an Irish Chieftain during the middle ages. It was built by O’Donoghue Mor in the 15th century. It then came into the hands of the Browne family who became the Earls of Kenmare and owned an extensive portion of the lands that are now part of The Killarney National Park. The castle is now run by the Office of Public works and it was refurbished in the style of the 17th Century. The Castle is open for tours seasonally.
Ross Castle recently featured on the cover of the February/March 2015 issue of National Geographic Magazine and was on sale throughout Europe & North America. In an effort to trace his Irish roots Hollywood actor and travel writer Andrew McCarthy travelled to Kerry and wrote a feature for the magazine on his time in the Kingdom.
Boat trips can be taken from Ross Castle around the Lower Lake and also to Innisfallen Island and to Lord Brandon’s Cottage on the Upper Lake.