Visiting Killarney

What to see and do in Killarney, Ireland

How about a nice weekend at the Ross Castle? The Ross Castle is a medieval tower situated in the Killarney National park a beautiful location known as the ancestral home of the O’Donoghue clan. This magnificent architectural wonder was built in the 15th century in a style of a typical stronghold specific to the Irish chieftains during the Middle Ages. The legend about the Ross Castle states that its initial owner, O’Donoghue, was sucked out of the grand window of the grand chamber at the top of the castle and was never heard from or seen again. The legend continues that O’Donoghue continues to live at the bottom of the lake and keeps a close eye on the castle and the surrounding areas. The Ross Castle of Killarney is also said to be the last stronghold to surrender to Cromwell’s forces in 1652. During the summer, visitors can rent small boats or take a tour with larger boats on the Lower Lake of Killarney. While sailing on the lake you will also enjoy majestic views of the Ross Island, Bay of Ross, Innisfallen Island and the Purple Mountains. If you take a look to the west of the Rock Castle in the evening you will get to see the most beautiful sunset you ever set your eyes on.

Getting to Killarney

Killarney is just over 50 miles from Cork, taking about 1 hour 30 minutes to drive along the N22. This makes Cork the nearest ferry port to Killarney, with the convenient Swansea to Cork crossing the most straightforward to take if you want to get to Killarney quickly once you arrive in Ireland.

Moving on from Killarney

Killarney is the main town nearest to the Killarney National Park, perfect for nature lovers and outdoor sports, including cycling, fishing and walking. It would be an absolute shame to reach Killarney town without enjoying some peace and tranquillity in the mountains or lakes of Killarney National Park.

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