This castle was originally home to the O'Donoghue Ross Chieftains in the 15th century and is believed to be the last significant fortress to fall to Cromwell's armies in Ireland. Situated on the edge of the lower lake, it is a typical example of a stronghold of an Irish Chieftain during the middle ages. Ross Castle has now been magnificently restored to its former glory. The Castle houses a fine collection of 16th and 17th century oak furniture.
Standing on the shores of Lough Leane, Ross Castle was extended in the 17th century with the attachment of domestic buildings which were used for a time as an army barracks. The castle is now open to the public with guided tours from April to October inclusively.
Ross Castle is the ideal gateway to the lakes for boating, cruising or fishing for trout and salmon.