Local Attractions

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Local Attractions / Leisure Facilities

 

Muckross House

Muckross House is located on the small Muckross Peninsula between Muckross Lake and Lough Leane, two of the lakes of Killarney, 6 kilometers (4 mi) from the town of Killarney. Muckross House is a mansion designed by the Scottish architect, William Burn, that was built in 1843 for Henry Arthur Herbert and his wife, the watercolourist Mary Balfour Herbert.

With sixty-five rooms, it was built in the Tudor style. Extensive improvements were undertaken in the 1850s in preparation for the visit of Queen Victoria in 1861. The house, gardens and traditional farms are all open to the public with guided tours of the house’s rooms.

 

Lakes of Killarney

The Lakes of Killarney are a renowned scenic attraction located near Killarney, County Kerry, in Ireland. They consist of three lakes – Lough Leane, Muckross Lake (also called Middle Lake) and Upper Lake. Boat Trips and fishing are just some of the popular attactions on the lakes. A WATERBUS Coach service operates from Ross Castle for most of the year. There is also the opportunity to improve on your skills at “Kayaking” on the shores of Lough Leane adjacent to Ross Castle.

 

Ross Castle

Ross Castle is the ancestral home of the O’Donoghue clan though it is better known for its association with the Brownes of Killarney who owned it until recently. It is located on the edge of Lough Leane, in Killarney National Park, County Kerry, Ireland.

The castle is typical of strongholds of Irish chieftains built during the middle ages. The tower house had square bartizans on diagonally opposite corners and a thick end wall. The tower was originally surrounded by a square bawn defended by round corner towers on each end.

It is possible to go on boat trips on the lake leaving from Ross Castle during the summer. Some of the smaller boats will allow you to visit Innisfallen Island on the lake during the summer. Ross Castle is located along the Ring of Kerry, a scenic driving route, and the Kerry Way, a similar hiking path.

 

Torc Waterfall

Torc Waterfall is a notable tourist attraction at the base of Torc Mountain, about 5 miles (8.0 km) from Killarney in County Kerry Ireland. Easy access and parking make the site popular with walkers and tour bus groups, who often visit the waterfall as part of the Ring of Kerry tour. A public hiking trail stretches from the waterfall to the top of Torc Mountain.

 

Killarney National Park

Killarney National Park is located beside the town of Killarney, County Kerry, Ireland. It was the first national park established in Ireland, created when Muckross Estate was donated to the Irish state in 1932.

The park has since been substantially expanded and encompasses over 102.89 km2 (25,425 acres) of diverse ecology, including the Lakes of Killarney, Oak and Yew woodlands of international importance, and mountain peaks. It has Ireland’s only native herd of Red Deer and the most extensive covering of native forest remaining in Ireland.

The park is of high ecological value because of the quality, diversity, and extensiveness of many of its habitats and the wide variety of species that they accommodate, some of which are rare. The park was designated a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve in 1981. The park is also known for its beautiful scenery.

 

Ring of Kerry

The Ring of Kerry is a tourist trail in County Kerry, south-western Ireland. The route covers the 170 km circular road (N70, N71 and R562), starting from Killarney, heading around the Iveragh Peninsula and passing through Kenmare, Sneem, Waterville (favourite holiday spot of Charlie Chaplin that now has a statue of him to commemorate his love of the place), Cahersiveen and Killorglin.

The complete list of major attractions along the Ring of Kerry includes: Bog Village, Rossbeigh Beach, Cahersiveen Heritage Centre, Derrnyane House, Skellig Experience, Staigue Fort, Kenmare Lace, Molls Gap, Ladies View, Torc Waterfall, Muckross House, The Blue Pool, Ross Castle, Ogham Stones, St Mary’s Cathedral, Muckross Abbey, Franciscan Friary, Kellegy Church, O’Connell Memorial Church, Sneem Church and Cemetery, Skellig Michael, Beehive Cells and the Stone Pillars marking an important grave.

 

The Kerry Way Route ( WALKING )

There is also an established walking path named The Kerry Way, which takes its own route, and a signposted Ring of Kerry cycling path which uses older quieter roads where possible. The Kerry Way roughly follows the scenic driving route of the Ring of Kerry.

 

CYCLING

With cycling getting more and more popular as a leisure and you can be spoilt for choices in this regard. It is growing trend for sight-seeing in the Killarney area.

 

SHUTTLE BUS AND TRAIN SERVICES

AT LEAST TWO SHUTTLE BUSSES AND AN ALL WEATHER TRAIN SERVICE PROVIDE TOURIST WITH AN ALTERNATIVE CHOICE ON SIGHTSEEING TRIPS AROUND KILLARNEY.

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