Ross Castle, a 15th Century Restored Castle on Lough Leane in Killarney National Park, County Kerry, Ireland

Ross Castle was erected by O'Donohue Mor around the 15th Century, acquired by the Browne Family and at one point endured a fierce encounter with Cromwellian invaders. Local folklore has it that O'Donohue reappears from Lough Leane every seven years on the first morning in May to ride his steed around the lake. Good fortune is said to follow anyone witnessing his return. Ross Castle is located about 2 km from Killarney and is a great detour on the way to Kenmare. This idyllic setting with Ross Castle in the background was uncrowded at the time of our visit. A picnic on Innisfallen Island (1 mile trip) is an optional excursion via rowboat for hire.

Ross Castle on the shores of Lough Leane, Killarney National Park, County Kerry, Ireland