Ross Castle built in the 15th century - the castle is
a short walk from Coolclogher House - has been magnificently restored
and now houses a fine collection of 16th and 17th century oak furniture.Guided
Set in a stunning location looking out over the lakes of Killarney,
Ross Castle is a 14th century tower house on Ross Island, close
to Killarney town and within walking distance of Coolclogher House.
The castle was the seat of irish chieftan O'Donoghue Mór
but in 1587 fell into the possession of the chieftain MacCarthy
Mór. In 1652 Ross Castle was the scene of a battle, and was
the last castle in Munster to fall to Cromwell's forces. In the
18th and 19th centuries the castle was used as a military barracks.
Today the castle has been restored and is open to visitors. Ross
Castle is only a leisurely stroll from Coolclogher House along a
little known path which has wonderful views over the Killarney Lakes.
Flesk Castle you can see from Coolclogher House.
Blarney Castle and the Barney Stone are a short drive from
Coolclogher House the castle was built in 1446. By legend the gardens
are of druid origin and were a centre of worship in pre-christian
times, see also examples of a Dolmen, an ancient burial place.