Killarney National Park - 4 Things to Know Before Visiting

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About Killarney National Park

Killarney National Park, was the first national park in Ireland, created when the Muckross Estate was donated to the Irish Free State in 1932It contains many features of national and international importance such as the native oakwoods and yew woods together with an abundance of evergreen trees and shrubs and a profusion of bryophytes and lichens which thrive in the mild Killarney climate.

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Muckross House

Muckross House

0.37km from Killarney National Park

Muckross House is the quintessential Victorian mansion, built in a Tudor Style. This beautiful house rises from superbly designed gardens, the light from nearby Muckross Lake glinting off hundreds of diamond-paned windows. It is situated close to the eastern shore of Muckross Lake, taking full advantage of the magnificent views which can be enjoyed from this location. Most of the house has been preserved as a late 19th century mansion, with furniture and artefacts from that period.

Muckross Traditional Farms

Muckross Traditional Farms

0.49km from Killarney National Park

The Traditional farms at Muckross offer an experience of what life was like in the Irish countryside during the 1930s and 1940s prior to rural electrification and widespread mechanisation. This is not a museum tour in the traditional sense. It is a working farm that utilises the tools and practices of the time to re-enact a way of life that is slowly fading from memory.

Muckross Abbey

Muckross Abbey

0.99km from Killarney National Park

Muckross Abbey was founded for the Observatine Franciscans about 1448 by Daniel McCarthy Mor. The present well-preserved ruins include a church with a wide, square tower and fine windows, and a vaulted cloister with an arcade of arches around a square courtyard. In the middle of the courtyard grows an ancient yew tree, said traditionally to be as old as the Abbey. Today the abbey is largely roofless although, apart from this, is generally quite well preserved.

Muckross Lake

Muckross Lake

1.79km from Killarney National Park

Muckross Lake is one of the deepest lakes in Ireland and is home to many types of fish. It is one of the three famous Lakes of Killarney, along with Lough Leane and Upper Lake. It is also a habitat for the critically endangered blunt-snouted Irish char.

Torc Waterfall

Torc Waterfall

2.09km from Killarney National Park

A superb waterfall located at the heart of Killarney National Park in Ireland, in one of the numerous wild forests of the park. It is one of Killarney’s most well known tourist attractions and a traditional stopping point for bus and coach tours. As a result it can get busy and congested around this area in the peak summer months. The waterfall and its cascades are among the most impressive due to their height

Torc Mountain

Torc Mountain

2.44km from Killarney National Park

Torc Mountain is the 329th–highest peak in Ireland on the Arderin list. It is a popular mountain for hill walkers as it has a stone or boarded path from its base at Torc Waterfall to its summit, which has views of the Lakes of Killarney. Torc Mountain is part of the Mangerton Mountain Group range in County Kerry, Ireland. A good trekking destination with stunning views.

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Kerry

Kerry

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County Kerry is a county in Ireland. It is located in the South-West Region and forms part of the province of Munster. It is named after the Ciarraige who lived in part of the present county. Composed of sandstone, the principal highlands of Kerry are among the highest mountains in Ireland. There are so many attractions in this county to explore.

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