Picturesquely sited on the edge of Lough Leane, 15th century Ross Castle was an O’Donoghue chieftain stronghold. According to legend, the castle would never be conquered by land. In the 17th century, Cromwellian forces successfully attacked the castle by crossing the lake, on boats fulfilling the prophecy.
This Castle may be considered a typical example of the stronghold of an Irish Chieftain during the Middle Ages. It is surrounded by a fortified bawn, its curtain walls defended by circular flanking towers, two of which remain. Much of the bawn was removed by the time the Barrack building was added on the south side of the castle sometime in the middle of the 18th century. The castle has been extensively restored and is now open to the public. The castle contains 16th and 17th century furniture. Guided tours of the castle are available.
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