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Ross Castle

Ross Castle is a 15th century castle, on the edge of the lower lake in the Killarney national park. The castle has been restored and it is possible to take a guided tour. One can take a horsedrawn carriage, known as a ‘jaunting car’ from town to the castle. Boat trips around the lakes of Killarney also depart from here.

Innisfallen island can be seen in the distance from Ross Castle out beyond the entrance to the bay. A monastery was founded on Innisfallen in the 7th century and it became a seat of learning and it said that King Brian Boru studied there. On the island are the remains of the extensive 12th century Augustinian priory and a small 11th -12th century Romanesque church. The annals of Innisfallen, a major source of early Irish history and now stored in the Bodleian Library in Oxford were written there. Boat trips to the island operate from the Ross Castle area from Ross and Reen piers.

Click on this link for a presentation on the flora of Innisfallen

 

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