Ross Castle sits on Killarney’s lower lake and has a spectacular view of the national forest and mountains. The castle was built by O’Donoghue Mór in the 15th century. Legend has it that O’Donoghue either leaped or was sucked out at the grand chamber from the top of the castle where he disappeared into the lake with his horse, library and table. It is said he watches over everything that happens at the castle from the bottom of the lake.
I love how the sun light reflects off the snow covered mountain peaks creating a alpenglow (a rosy glow) in the early hours of the morning . The green pastures, lakes, and mountains are insanely beautiful and peaceful. We didn’t hike because it would have been too dangerous in the winter with the weather, but I heard it is amazing in the spring (book a tour if you are not experienced)! The castle is not open for viewing the interior in the winter but was worth going to and walking around it. Make sure you see the Muckross house and gardens while visiting! It is a sixty-five room tudor style mansion built for Henry Arthur Herbert. Extensive improvements on the house and gardens were made for the Queen Victoria’s visit in 1861.
The national park is a great place to bring your dog and have a picnic. Most people we saw were out exploring with their beloved dogs. Your loyal companion will love it! Coco wasn’t with us that day because we were with my cousin and we went to many not so dog friendly places right after.
We have been traveling for 6 months now and I still consider the Killarney national park to be one of the most beautiful places I have been. If you make a trip out to Ireland put Killarney at the top of your list!
Beautiful path behind Muckross house
Beautiful view from Ross Castle