Built in 1843, the 65 - room Victorian mansion house is one of Irelands leading stately homes. It stands majestically on the lake shore in the Killarney National Park.
The Location and botanical collection make this one of the "Greatest Gardens of the World". Extensive areas of natural rockery, water garden, large lawns, arboretum, flowers, trees - surrounded by woodland set among lakes and mountains.
Muckross Traditional Farm
A more recent addition, the Muckross Traditional Farm recreates the houses and activities of rural Ireland prior to electrification in the 1930's. While visiting the magnificent outhouses & farm fields, the labourer's cottage, the blacksmiths forge and having a chat with the men and women at work you are guaranteed to think that you are living in the 1930's.
A short walk up a steep wide footpath leads to the Torc Waterfall, it has a fall of 60 feet/18 metres and the footpath leading up to it offers excellent views over the Killarney lakes. This waterfall is formed by a river which flows from the Punch Bowl high in the mountain and provides a spectacular display after a heavy rainfall.
So named after Queen Victoria's ladies-in-waiting who stopped to look at the scenery from this spot during the Queen's visit to Killarney in 1861. The view towards McGillycuddy's Reeks and the Purple Mountain Range, with The Upper Lake and all its fairy islands below, is truely magnificent.
Gap of Dunloe
Carved by the miltwater of a huge glacier thousands of years ago, the Gap is about seven miles in length with Tomies and Purple mountains on the left and the McGillycuddy Reeks in the right. Many walk or cycle but for the romantic, a journey "Thro' the Gap" in a pony and trap returning by boat via the Killarney Lakes is the only way experience the magic of the Gap - a magnificent unforgettable trip not to be missed.
The Blue Pool
This is a nature reserve and perhaps Killarney's little secret. An enclave known mostly to locals, the blue pool is a magical place - its waters are coloured naturally by local limestone & other rocks. It is the halcyon home of local wildlife - sit quietly for a few moments and see kingfishers catching trout in the local pool and squirrels darting in the trees. Turn left at Molly Darcy's pub on the Muckross road for little bit of heaven.
This square medieval tower which was built by the O' Donoghues in the 15th century is beautifully situated on the shores of Lough Lein. Now restored, the castle houses a fine collection of 16th and 17th century oak furniture.
On this island is Innisfallen Abbey erected in the 7th century and remained until the 17th century. The ruins of a twelfth - century oratory with a Romanesque doorway still stands on the island. Visit this island and learn about how Brian Boru of the Vikings played a part in this island.
Killarney National Park
On a visit to Killarney National Park you will be astounded by the wild natural beauty of the area, which comprises 10,000 hectares of rugged mountainous terrain. The park consists of extensive woodland, valleys, waterfalls and Irelands highest mountain range - The McGillycuddy Reeks. There are four self-guided nature trails including a trail for the visually impaired. Click HERE for National Park Pages.
See how the rocks at Moll's Gap have been rounded as the glacier from Kenmare moved over.
Cill Rialaig Arts Centre
Offering you the opportunity to view the work of past and present artists who have resided at the remote and protected Cill Rialaig Retreat. An array of contemporary art, fine craft, and great food can be found at the centre. For more information visit http://cillrialaigartscentre.org/about/