The Lakes of Killarney are another "Must see" for all tourists in Ireland. At different levels you will find several lakes and most of them are connected by small rivers and waterfalls. All of the area is part of a National Park and a perfect place to go for a hike. You will find several tours beeing offered and boats will take you to the most scenic places of these lakes. A special place to go to during these tours is Innsifallen, it is a small island in Lough Leane (the largest of these lakes) with interesting church-ruins and a small cemetery!
You will be able to spend a full day around these lakes and find lots of interesting places to explore !
Adjacent to the town of Killarney, the park offers horseback riding, boats trips onto the lakes, hiking, biking and photo opportunities at every turn. Venture off on your own and don't be afraid to explore. This has been a vacation destination for a long time and it shows why. There is something for everyone here. I am sure that in season it is crowded, but off season left us and 6 other people for an entire hotel by ourselves.
Killarney National Park, the largest national park in Ireland, was opened in 1932. It covers 10 000 hectares of land with beautiful woods, three big lakes and lots of smaller ones, hills and mountains. This place of outstanding beauty is a wonderful destination for cyclists and hikers who can follow the well-prepared paths. Another way of visiting the park is by two-wheeled hackney carriages, whose coachmen, known for their gift of the gab, are also said to be great guides.
Apart from the unspoilt nature the park boasts some objects of historical interest, the most popular being Muckross House and Muckross Abbey. Look at the next tips for the information.
We took just a one hour horse and carriage tour through the National Park and our first impression was: "absolutely breathtaking"! The landscape is awesome, lakes, hills, mountains, then you can find deer grazing on the meadows, little castles and ruins on small islands - a place I could very well imagine myself returning to!
Our short stop in Killarney was taken up with a ride in the famous jaunting carts. They line the street near the centre of town and take tourist for rides into the Killarney National Park. The cost is 11 euros and worth every cent. The ride took us through some wonderful scenery and the driver himself was a merry fellow.
The lake photo on my intro page was taken from the back of the cart so you can see just how spectacular the trip was.
Killarney National Park is popular and picturesque place especially on a sunny day.
If you choose to see it on a jaunting cart is is a pleasant drive through the fields and woods.
The park consists of some 10,700 acres with one quarter taken up with the lakes themselves. A large herd of about 700 red deer resides in the park and is the only remaining wild deer herd in Ireland.
We actually saw one just off a busy road near the race track.
This waterfall is not far away from the road N71 south of Killarney. From there, you can start for wonderfull walks throught the national park. It is ment to be a great experience. And how nice it can be, can you see on the picture next.
The Ring of Kerry has attrcted visitors for hundreds of years with its beautiful scenery, spectacular sea and mountain views and world famous beaches. After spending time exploring the delights of Killarney Town, of which there are many, Ireland´s most scenic drive is certainly a must for any visitor to the Kingdom of Kerry.
Visit the Muckross House. It was build in 1843. The owner was Henry Arthur Herbert, the parliamentarian of Kerry. The famoust visitor was Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom in 1861.
Either you are in Ireland for walking or just to discover the nature, üplease do not miss killarney National Park. I think there is the "not-to-be-missed"-Ireland, right near Ring of Kerry.
This picture shows you just one sight of it.
An idilliac place for a great walk .This park is full of gardens, lawns, lakes and brooks.
Have a rest near Muckross House, an old mansion just near the park or tare a horse and have a ride along the lakes.
Take all the paths that starts from the house...all of them will take you to an enchanted perspective.
Take a stroll in the nice and ample park, get back to nature and enjoy being on your own for a while. Time to think, time to relax...
Very nice for scenic views is the ruin of Ross castle, situated picturesquely at the Lower Lake, which dates back to the 15th century.
Killarney national park was Ireland's first national park, by the way!
This is a beautiful park located just outside of Killarney, here you can visit the Muckross House and then also go hiking in the park.
Just make sure that whilst you are here, you take the climb to the top of Torc Waterfall...It is beautiful!!
There are traditional pony and traps here, but its better to park up and hike through yourself.
Visit the Gap Of Dunloe which will take your breath away...
Killarney National Park is a beautiful park with three lakes,waterfalls,mountains and woodlands.
Besides the natural beauty here,you can also visit the Muckross House ,an elegant and beautifully furnished Victorian mansion surrounded by gardens. A twenty minute walk up the road from the Muckross House will take you to the ruins of Muckross Abbey. The abbey's central feature is a cloister around a courtyard which contains a giant Yew tree that is said to be as old as the abbey itself.
Ross Castle,a 15th century castle on the edge of lower lake is 2 miles outside of Killarney. I saw many deer in the woods near this castle.
Ladies View is this lovely view from the hights above the "Upper Lake" of Killarney National Park and it got its special name by the noble ladies of the court of Queen Victoria, who enjoyed that view so very much !!
When driving the road N71 from Kenmare to Killarney, you will pass by Ladies View - just watch out for the signs and the souvenir-shops there. Almost every tourbus will stop there and from the shops you will have to take a walk of 3 minutes to get to the best place for a panorama-view ! That path is not very difficult or steep, but certainly not the right place for handicapped people or wheel-chairs !
Tomie's wood is the oldest (and i think biggest) of the oak-forests that once covered a lot of Ireland. Maybe I remember it so clearly because it ws my first walk in Ireland (in pouring rain and heavy winds), but at O'Sullivans cascade everthing cheered up a bit and we had a picnic looking aver the misty lake... Ireland at it's best!