Ross Castle

 

Located at the entrance to Connemara on the shores of Ross Lake in County Galway, the castle was built as a tower house in the late sixteenth century and, although there were two fires since then destroying much of the interior, the outer walls have remained intact. The newly-opened vault area is an example of extraordinary workmanship of soldier brick vaulted ceilings and cut limestone walls.

 

The castle is set on 120 acres of parkland which feature walled gardens, an orchard, inner and outer courtyards and a park. There is a wide variety of specimen trees, an unusual old greenhouse, a gardener’s cottage and lime kilns.

 

The courtyard is enclosed by cottages built in the 16th, 17th and 18th century, and the Chapel has beautiful stained-glass windows.