The Muckross Park is the only hotel in Killarney's majestic National Park
with 25,000 acres of forest, mountains and lakes on our doorstep - just step out the front door and into the park!
A five minute stroll will take you to magnificent Muckross House, the Abbey, the traditional farm and the shores of the lake. You can join the famous Ring of Kerry
at the end of the driveway and Killarney town
is just 3kms up the road. Renowned golf courses in the area include Kileen, Mahoney's, Dooks, Tralee, Ballybunion and Waterville and all are easily accessible.
There are walks to suit everyone and all of them start and finish outside the front door of the hotel and, in season, the salmon and sea trout angling on the lakes is spectacular. Our hotel location is truly second to none. As one of our hotel guests described the hotel 'in a class of its own..in a world of its own..'
Muckross House, Gardens and Traditional Farms
A splendid Victorian mansion and leading stately home. The rooms are elegantly furnished reflecting the lifestyle of the period. The gardens portray unblemished beauty. There are three separate working farms with a selection of poultry, Kerry cattle and traditional farm machinery. The farms are in working use and one can observe the daily routine of the many craftsmen and their specialised trade.
Muckross House is one of the most beautifully situated stately homes in Ireland. It was built in 1843 and is a magnificent Victorian mansion and one of Irelands stately homes. It is set amidst the spectacular scenery of Killarney National Park. The fine, elegantly furnished rooms portray the lifestyles of the landed gentry, while below the stairs reveal the working conditions of the servants. In 1910 William Bourn a wealthy Californian mine owner bought the houses and gardens for his daughter as a wedding present. Maud Vincent died in 1929 and her husband Arthur Vincent gave the house and surrounding 11,000 acres to the Irish nation as its first National Park.
Muckross Traditional Farms
In the grounds of Muckross is an exciting outdoor representation of the lifestyle and farming conditions of a rural community of the 1930's. Three separate working farms, complete with animals, poultry and traditional farm machinery vividly recreate the past. Muckross Traditional Farms take the visitor down memory lane to a time before electricity. This is not a museum but a real life community of artisans carrying out their daily tasks all year round.
Killarney National Park
This 10,000 hectare park of mountains and woodlands surrounds the famous Lakes of Killarney. The main attraction is Muckross House but there are many other things to do and see. There is Muckross Abbey, Torc Waterfall, a native herd of deer in Ireland, nature and walking trails and an audio visual show.
Killarney National Park is a unique and special place. It was Ireland's first National Park and came into being in 1932 when the Muckross Estate in Killarney was presented to the Nation by Senator Arthur Vincent and his parents-in-law Mr. and Mrs. William Bowers Bourn, in memory of his wife Maud. Killarney National Park covers over 25,000 acres (10,000 hectares) of mountain, moorland, woodland, waterways, parks and gardens. A boundary occurs within the National Park, and this, in combination with the climatic influence of a gulf stream and the wide range of altitudes within the National Park, gives rise to an unusual and varied landscape.
The mountainous red sandstone uplands support large areas of blanket bog, and the remoteness and relative inaccessibility of some of these areas aids the continued survival of Ireland's only remaining wild herd of native Red Deer. In addition to this, the largest area of old-growth Oakwoods left in the country can be found on some of the lower mountain slopes, a remnant of the woodland that once covered much of Ireland.
7km from Killarney town
, this waterfall is 60 ft high and surrounded by trees, with beautiful views of the Lakes of Killarney on the way up to the waterfall.
The Blue Pool
As you journey from Muckross House to Killarney turn right just before Molly Darcy's pub - here you will find one of the Killarney's best kept secrets - the Blue Pool Nature Reserve - here the local wildlife has made its home - see Kingfishers feasting on trout - Badger trails - and much more. The reserve has special trails for the visually impaired.