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Ross Castle has had a long history from 15th Century . This Irish castle or keep as it was known in times past is built on Ross Island near the shore of Lough Leane. Following the Cromwellian conquest of Ireland, Ross Castle was occupied by the Browne Family. For his loyalty to King James ll, Sir Valentine Browne was given the title, 1st Viscount Kenmare-predecessor to Thomas 4th Viscount Kenmare-the fore founder of Killarney Town (1754) and the father of Irish Tourism.Ross Castle was home to the “Kenmare” Family and subsequently used as an Army Barracks, before it was vacated in 1825. For almost the next 150 years, it remained as a famous landmark though in continued decline on the shores of Lough Leane. In 1970, Government took over ownership of Ross Castle and it has been beautifully restored and refurnished in the style of the 17th century. It is open to the public by Guided tour only and a visit to the castle is an experience not to be missed! Ross Castle is only a five minute drive from our holiday homes in Killarney and should be on your list to visit!