A Medieval Bastion of Killarney
Your surroundings at the Killarney Park Hotel are palatial enough, but if you want to see what a real castle is like, you will find a fine example of one just minutes from your hotel room. Ross Castle is located just 2km from the town of Killarney, off the road to Muckross and Kenmare. Recently featured on the front cover of National Geographic, as Hollywood actor and writer Andrew McCarthy traced his Kerry roots, the castle is a striking example of a restored Medieval stronghold.
Set against the backdrop of Killarney National Park, with the waters of Lough Leane lapping just outside, this is a magnificent example of an Irish chieftain's stronghold during the Middle Ages. Its exact date of construction is unknown, but it was probably constructed toward the end of the 15th century by a Chieftain of the O’Donoghue Ross clan. Shielded by a fortified bawn, the castle had a protective ring of circular flanking tower, two of which are still standing.
Feel yourself transported back to the heady days of medieval conflict and intrigue on a guided tour of the castle, which features some fine 16th and 17th-century oak furniture. The children will love the cannons poised on the battlements, while you soak up the magnificent views of the lake and its islands.
Feed the ducks and swans and have a coffee as you admire the magnificent setting. Hire a boat to Innisfallen, a monastic island visible from the front of the castle, take a trip on the waterbus, or organise a kayak trip. Our Concierge can point you in the right direction, whatever your interests.