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Ross Castle Winner of 2013 Certificate of Excellence by Tripadvisor.
Ross Castle is a tower house and keep on the edge of Lough Leane in Killarney National Park in County Kerry. The castle was built by O'Donoghue Mór in the 15th century. It came into the hands of the Brownes who became the Earls of Kenmare and owned an extensive portion of the land that are now part of Killarney National Park. Legend has it that O’Donoghue still exists in a deep slumber under the waters of Lough Leane. On the first morning of May every seven years he rises from the lake on his magnificent white horse and circles the lake. Anyone catching a glimpse of him is said to be assured of good fortune for the rest of their lives.
The castle is open to the public seasonally with guided tours. It is located 2km from Killarney, off N71 (Kenmare Road). Access to the castle is by guided tour only. Photography and video-taping is not allowed while on the tour. The site is very restricted and can only accommodate groups of 15. The duration of the tour is 40 minutes. All tours groups must pre-booked.