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Ross Castle

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Daily early March to early November: 9:30am - 5:45pm
Ross Castle, Killarney

The Basics

Ross Castle is commonly included on organized jaunting car (pony and trap), hiking, and sightseeing tours around Killarney National Park. Kayak and boat tours, which meander through the Lakes of Killarney—often traveling between Ross Castle and the Gearhameen River near the Gap of Dunloe—regularly stop here too.

You can also tailor private Ring of Kerry day tours, departing from destinations all around the Iveragh Peninsula, to include a photo stop at Ross Castle. While you can view Ross Castle from the outside at any time and explore the surrounding grounds at will, access to the property is by guided tour only. Tours last 40 minutes; purchase tickets at the castle site.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Killarney

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Fantastic!
Jennifer_A, Aug 2020
Jaunting Car Tour to Ross Castle from Killarney
We thoroughly enjoyed this trip! The driver was fantastic really engaging, full of interesting historical information and really engaged with the children. And a big shout to Buster our horse for the day, he was a big hit! Highly recommend!
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Great Experience
Geraldine, Aug 2020
Jaunting Car Tour to Ross Castle from Killarney
Very enjoyable trip out on the jaunting car to Ross Castle. Lovely guy Michael brought the group. We are a group of 9 and we all fitted into the one Jaunting Car. It was a wet miserable morning in Killarney and Michael agreed to come to the hotel door to collect us. We laughed and enjoyed every minute of the trip and the weather was quickly forgotten. Michael gave us a nice mix of local history and also a nice sample of Kerry wit.
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lovely experience
Aishling1608, Aug 2020
Jaunting Car Tour to Ross Castle from Killarney
We had a great experience, Michael our driver was a lovely guy and shared his knowledge about the area.. we got a lovely photo of us with Buster the horse, it was a lovely experience and my daughter loved it....
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Thoroughly enjoyable expereience
124michael, Jul 2019
Jaunting Car Tour to Ross Castle from Killarney
Excellent experience with our driver Johnnie and Clancy on a lovely sunny time. Great commentary from Johnnie with a few jokes thrown in. Lovely Country Park and enjoyed our short stop at Ross Castle.
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Loved it!
Karolina_L, Aug 2020
Jaunting Car Tour to Ross Castle from Killarney
That was great experience! My son loves it! I mixed up the time but they changed it for me no problem!
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Great fun
sreece2014, Sep 2019
Jaunting Car Tour to Ross Castle from Killarney
The driver was fun, kept my grandson age 9 looking for the leprechauns. Believed they were on the roof LOL. I messed up on the booking date and they still honored it!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • With lakes, greenery, and mountain peaks surrounding it in all directions, Ross Castle is one of Killarney National Park’s finest photo opportunities.

  • Ross Castle is not well-suited to visitors with mobility impairments. Many parts are difficult if not impossible to access because of steep inclines.

  • Tours are limited to a maximum of 15 people; arrive early to ensure a spot.

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How to Get There

Ross Castle is just a 6-minute drive from Killarney town. From the N71, take the Ross Road turnoff and follow the road down to the Ross Castle parking lot. From April through October, shuttle buses depart from the Killarney Discover Ireland Centre on Beech Road and stop at Ross Castle.

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When to Get There

Ross Castle is open from March through November, with several guided tours taking place daily during this time. The castle is a very popular site within the park, and it can become crowded, especially during July and August. Arrive early in the day if you plan on doing a tour.

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What Else to See in Killarney National Park

Ross Castle is just one of Killarney National Park’s many offerings. The park also encompasses the Victorian-era Muckross House and Gardens; Muckross Abbey, a ruined Franciscan friary; and the Gap of Dunloe, a scenic mountain pass bordered by lakes and peaks. In Lough Leane, right next to Ross Castle, is Innisfallen Island, where you can check out the ruins of an abbey and a free-roaming herd of deer.

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