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Ross Island

Ross Island Ross Island County Kerry


What many people don’t realise is that the adjacent Ross Island is packed with beautiful tracks and trails, viewing points, secluded bays and historical points of interest. Ross Island is separated from the mainland by a small channel that passes under the bridge that you cross to get to Ross Castle. Around the castle grounds you wouldn’t even know that you are on an island. Only in times of flooding is a boat required to gain access so don’t be put off by fact that it is an island!

The paths on the island do not allow motor vehicles so it is an ideal place for a stroll, hike or jog. Bicycles and buggies are well suited to most of the paved paths. There are some minor hilly sections but none that are too taxing. Parts of the island trails are woodland tracks in places so sturdy wheels will be required when leaving the paved paths. Take it easy going downhill as you could meet a walker, jogger or a four legged friend around the next bend.

  • Distance: 4-5km/3 miles approx.
  • Accessibility: Bike, Foot.
  • Difficulty: Slight inclines, nothing demanding.

Leave only your footprints behind!