The Lakes of Killarney
Celebrated in Music, Poetry and Art
The Ross is the perfect base for exploring the Lakes of Killarney. They may be celebrated in music, poetry, and art, but nothing quite prepares you for the beauty of these three natural beauties, just minutes from the hotel.
Lough Leane (the Lower Lake), Muckross Lake (the Middle Lake) and the Upper Lake are threaded together across a quarter of Killarney National Park’s 10,236 hectares. They support a rich variety of wildlife, from the trout and salmon that flourish in their waters and the swans and multitudes of other water birds that feed on them, to the deer that swim across their surfaces at night.
Ask our friendly staff about the best spots to fish and where to get licences, or take to the water in a boat rented from Ross Castle. You can also take a guided tour of Lough Leane in a waterbus, also from Ross Castle. Try your hand at kayaking the Lakes with an expert guide, and experience the magic of a trip arranged in the dusk of a summer evening.
If you prefer to remain on dry land, there are many prime viewing spots where you can appreciate the wonder of the Lakes of Killarney. Drive north of Killarney town to Aghadoe for a magnificent panorama of the lakes set against the towering McGillycuddy Reeks and the peaks of Tomies and Purple Mountain. Or take a drive toward Kenmare and experience the lakes from the vantage point of Ladies View. Whatever way you want to enjoy the Lakes of Killarney, our helpful staff are on hand to point you in the right direction.