Ross Castle, Ross Island and Copper Mines Loop Walk, Killarney, Co. Kerry, Ireland

  • Author:ActiveME
  • Created: April 15, 2014
  • Updated: December 12, 2017
Location: Kerry
  • DistanceInstructions
  • Distance7.61 km
  • Time0 s
  • Speed0.0 km/h
  • Min altitude17 m
  • Peak37 m
  • Climb85 m
  • Descent85 m
Ross Castle in Killarney National Park, is a 15th Century Fortress built by one of the O'Donoghue Ross Gaelic Chieftains. It is located on the Shores of Lough Lein the largest of the famous Killarney Lakes and has been in the care of the state since 1790 as a visitor attraction. This guided walk is part of the 2014 Killarney Walking Festival from 20 to 22 June. Register for the guided walk here View the route map below and also on our Free Apps on iPhone and Android here
Popular among local, visitors and walking clubs in Kerry, this loop walk takes you on the trail of the copper mines and open mine shafts which date back to 2400 BC, thats nearly 4,500 years old. The trail include the fabulous scenic viewing points of Governors Rock and Library Point on Ross Island, a world UNESCO site with stunning views of the Killarney Lakes, Mangerton and Torc Mountains to the south and Purple, Tomies and Shehy Mountains to the west.
This is easily one of the best walks in Killarney National Park. You can also take a boat trip to the monastic site and oratory on Innisfallen Island where St Fionan Lobhar founded his monastery in the late sixth century. It was here that the world renowned Annals of Innisfallen were compiled and are now in the care of the Bodleian Library in Oxford, England. 
The Welsh Monk, Nennius, writing around 800 AD, had this location in mind when he listed the mineral wealth of this area as one of the known wonders of the world. “There is a lake called Loch Lein, four circles are around it. In the first circle it is surrounded by tin, in the second by lead, in the third by iron, in the fourth by copper and in the lake many pearls are found that kings place in their ears”.