Muckross Abbey Killarney

Muckross Abbey Killarney

Muckross Abbey Killarney

A great way to get to Muckross Abbey Killarney is by the trail/pathway which starts at Flesk Bridge on the Muckross Road and continues past the entrance to the Lake Hotel and continues into the National Park. It is a fantastic walk you can cycle or take a Traditional Jaunting Car.

Muckross Abbey Killarney is one of the major ecclesiastical sites found in the Killarney National Park, County Kerry, Republic of Ireland. It was founded in 1448 as a Franciscan friary for the Observantine Franciscans by Donal McCarthy Mor.

It has had a violent history and has been damaged and reconstructed many times. The friars were often persecuted and subjected to raids by marauding groups. Today the abbey is largely roofless although, apart from this, is generally quite well preserved. Its most striking feature is a central courtyard, which contains a large yew tree and is surrounded by a vaulted cloister. Some say that the Yew tree is the oldest living thing in Ireland at over 500 years?
Ground plan of Muckross AbbeyIn the 17th and 18th centuries, it became the burial place for prominent County Kerry poets O’Donoghue, O’Rathaille and O’Suilleabhain.

Muckross Abbey Killarney

Muckross Abbey Killarney

Muckross Abbey is open all year and is Free to the public

Muckross Abbey

Muckross Abbey Killarney

Muckross Abbey has situated 1.5 Km from the Lake Hotel & the Devil’s Punchbowl Bar

Muckross Abbey Cloisters

Muckross Abbey Cloisters

The Cloisters at Muckross Abbey, it’s very interesting to stroll around inside and outside the Abbey.

Cycling is an ideal way to get to Muckross Abbey Killarney heading from the Town pass the Lake Hotel using the Cycle path and not the main road and another 1.5 km you will see it on the left.

Killarney Abbey

Killarney Abbey

Not too far from Muckross Abbey Killarney, you have the Lake Hotel an ideal place to have lunch overlooking the McCarthy mor Castle the very Castle Donal McCarthy lived in the time of the building of Muckross Abbey.

McCarthy Mor Castle

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Winter Storms Ireland

Winter Storms Ireland

Storms in Ireland Winter 2013 / 2014

We had many Storms this winter in Ireland, many were given names but our favourite was the one used by the World’s surfing comunity of which I am one.

“Storm Hercules” brought 50 foot waves to the South West Coast in Ireland along the Kerry Coast, with Spring Tides and a 14m swell there was extencive damage and flooding.surfing-magic-seaweed

From George Karbus’s image of a village in County Clare being hit by huge waves from “Hercules” to Ollie O’Flaherty Surfing Mullaghmore Head  as the winds went crossshore further North. Portugal’s Nazare home of the Biggest wave ever surfed on the Planet by Carlos Brule a Brizillian Big Wave surfer also had huge waves the same day.

For us seeing the World’s Ocean’s angry is fantastic and it was a feast to witness in or our own waters.

Cromwell Point in Valentia Island by the Lighthouse which is also part of the Atlantic Way.

 

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Killarney Lakeside Restaurant

Killarney Lakeside Restaurant

Killarney Lakeside Restaurant

If you are looking for Killarney restaurant we would suggest you try the Lakeside Bistro (casual pub food) and the Castlelough Restaurant. Most Killarney restaurants source local produce and there is a large selection to be found in the Town and in Hotels in the surrounding area.

Lake Side Restaurant Killarney

Lake Side Restaurant Killarney

Location, Location, Location

Great views of the McCarthy Mor 12th Century Castle, Lakes & Mountains of Killarney, adjoining the Killarney National Park you have the Lakeside Bistro & the Castlelough Restaurant.

  • Kids Menu
  • Vegetarian Menu
  • Vegan options, Gluten-free options
  • Family run, friendly staff
  • Walks on the ground
  • Wildlife can be seen from the restaurant
Pub Food killarney

Pub Food Killarney

Lakeside Bistro 

Castlelough Restaurant

Traditional Fish 'n' Chips on Historic paper

Traditional Fish ‘n’ Chips on Historic paper

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Killarney with Kids

Killarney with Kids

Killarney with Kids

As you wake up in your comfortable room in Killarney with Kids at The Lake Hotel, overlooking majestic castle ruins and breathtaking mountains, unfortunately, it is not, in my case, to the sound of the breeze blowing in the reeds on the lake but to a billowing two-year-old!

At least our room is so well laid out that the cot which the hotel happily supplied is located in a darker corner of the room which is more sleep-inducing for all!

The two double beds mean we can all share one space but it doesn’t feel full. Having floor length balcony windows overlooking the lake ensures vast amounts of light fall in when you do eventually acknowledge the day and open the curtains. Then you experience the impact of this view and who knows even the kids might quieten down for a minute to take it in and look out for the deer who seem to the be only other ones up!

At least there is one advantage to being up early, the dining room is not too busy, we are given a window table and high chair quickly and the huge selection on the buffet means that hungry tummies are taken care of efficiently. Being given custom designed kids colouring books and crayons on arrival ensures that the adults actually get to read the paper or gaze out the window for a moment or two!

The location of the hotel means that there is nearly too much to do in terms of walks and activities, so once breakfasted and dressed for the fresh spring day that it is, we head over to the bicycle rental shop across the road from the hotel. As we are guests at the hotel, we get great attention and are soon off, one adult bike with kids trailer, one child’s bike and one adult, bottles of water from the hotel shop and off we set, hotel map in hand. The cycle from the hotel up to Muckross is beautiful and only about 15 minutes and everyone is delighted with the ease of the cycle path and views around, the horses and carts and wild deer complete the nature lesson. By the time we reach Muckross, we feel we all deserve a morning muffin and coffee. Again the self-service nature of the restaurant there and outdoor seating areas means it works really well for us with the kids. As it is a bright day, we sit outside and the framed hedging garden beside us is like a mini maze for the children, they chase each other around with glee and we can see them at all times so again there seems to be an opportunity to relax! As nap time is approaching we head back to the hotel and once the smallest is settled in, I gladly volunteer to stay in the room and gaze out the window with a good book open on the Kindle, free wifi through the building ensures I have a stress free and quiet hour to absorb the natural beauty all around. Once the peace is shattered it is time for some lunch and as the children’s menus are good, we stay put and order pasta, burgers for father and son, a mini roast of the day and fresh fish with vegetables of the day. Again the view and helpful, friendly staff ensure we are served promptly and have all we need. As we are all having such a pleasant time, a Lake Hotel Knickerbocker Glory is ordered for the kids, we soon discover one will not be enough so a second arrives and is still a much reminded moment of our stay! Then we have to walk it off, so we drive up to the town and walk into the Demesne along with half of Killarney it seems. It is a wonderful amenity to have in your town and yet you feel away from everything. Again our detailed hotel map ensures we don’t miss any monuments of note and are aware of the history of each building we pass. Just being able to let the children run ahead and wander across the fields is great, a freedom we don’t get to enjoy too often. After a quick potter around the shops in the town and watching some excellent buskers, the evening begins to draw in so we head back to our base. A handy teatime snack of toasted sandwiches for the children in the bar is arranged, then it’s the usual bath and pyjamas routine before settling down in the room with a movie.

Except as we are away, one of the friendly and experienced hotel Receptionists is coming to babysit while the adults get a romantic, relaxing dinner in the Castlelough Restaurant, the hotels old dining room. As soon as all children are settled and the babysitter is in situ, we escape to the Piano Lounge and enjoy an aperitif, feeling a warm glow after such a lovely day. Another window seat is offered for dinner and as we look out onto the floodlit ruins of the McCarthy Mor Castle on the hotel lawn, we comment on the difference between the room at breakfast and at dinner. It is completely dark outside except for the moon as there are no buildings in the area at all, it is all National Park. A delicious dinner follows with helpful information on all dishes and we accept the invitation to enjoy our digestif in the lounge within earshot of the Irish music starting up the in bar. At that point, we have to acknowledge the reality of another early morning to come and we retreat up the stairs. All that fresh air and good food mean a good nights sleep for all.

On departure, we make the promise to the children (and ourselves!) to return as soon as possible to The Lake Hotel.

Killarney with Kids a great place to spend time with the whole family.

Cycling in Killarney

Cycling in Killarney with Kids

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Tourist attractions Killarney

Tourist attractions Killarney

Tourist attractions Killarney

 Cill Airne meaning the Church of Airne is a town with a strong Religious and Educational background.

It is also home to some of the most beautiful tourist attractions Killarney and in Ireland such as Muckross House, Muckross  Gardens, Muckross Abbey, Castlelough Castle, Lake Hotel, Ross Castle & St Mary’s Cathedral along with Innisfallen Island home to Innisfallen Abbey and one of the main schools of learning in Ireland.  Killarney is ideally situated on the Ring of Kerry making it a very popular tourist attraction and an ideal base with easy access to the South West of Ireland.

Tourist Attractions in Killarney

St Mary’s Cathedral

St Mary’s Cathedral is considered to be one of the most important gothic Churches of the 19th Century. It was used as a famine hospital and shelter during the 1840s. It was opened to the public in 1855. The cathedral consists of beautiful stained glass windows on both sides of the main aisle. It is opened daily to the public.

Ross Castle

Tourist attractions in Killarney

Tourist attractions in Killarney

Located only minutes from the Lake Hotel, Ross Castle is one of the most attractive 14th Century Castle in Ireland. Inside, it is restored in a 17th Century style. It was first built by O Donoghue Mór in the 14th Century and was eventually taken over by the McCarthy Mór. Today, it is a very popular attraction in Killarney as it is located overlooking the Lake where not only tourists visit on a daily basis but also locals as its host to beautiful scenic views and walking trails. There are daily guided tours available in the Ross Castle and Boat Trips available around the Lakes.

 Gap of Dunloe

Cycling the Gap of Dunloe

Cycling the Gap of Dunloe

The Gap of Dunloe from Irish Dún Lóich meaning Lóich’s stronghold. The Gap is narrow scenic mountain pass between the Purple Mountains and the McGillicuddy Reeks Mountains. The road through the Gap of Dunloe is very narrow so the Horse and Cart are very popular among tourists as it is a 7k walk.

 Muckross Abbey

Tourist Attractions in Killarney

Tourist Attractions in Killarney

Muckross Abbey was built in 1448 AD and it is open to the public all year round. It is well worth a visit and highly recommended as it is in good condition despite being raided many times.  There are three of Ireland’s greatest ever poets buried within the abbey from Kerry and the fourth is buried in the graveyard. Situated in the middle of the Abbey is the Yew tree which is said to be over 500 years old and it is said the Abbey was built around it

 Muckross House

Muckross House is a large Victorian House located in the middle of Muckross estate. It is located south from Killarney on the N71 and located 2 KM after The Lake Hotel on the right. Muckross House was built in 1843 by Henry Arthur Herbert and was once visited Queen Victoria in 1861. It is considered one of Ireland most popular tourist attractions. It allows people to experience for themselves the way people would have lived in the 18th Century & 19th Century. Muckross House is open to the public and also gives guided tours. Inside Muckross Park, there is also Mucros Craft Centre where tourists have a variety of Irish craftsmanship and Irish merchandise to choose from.

Muckross House Guided Tour times are: 2.00pm, 3.15pm, & 4.30pm.

Killarney National Park

Killarney National Park was the first national park in Ireland. It was founded in 1932 and expands over 25,000 acres.  Within the park, you will find the Lakes of Killarney, Torc, and Mangerton Mountain. The National Park is worldwide known for its incredible scenery and is very popular not just with tourists but also locals.

Muckross Traditional Farms

Muckross Traditional Farms is a wonderful experience for tourists to experience how Irish people lived in the 1930s and 1940s. Tourists can visit three Irish farms and experience the different chores Irish people had to do on a daily basis. The farms are of different in size starting from the smallest to the largest.

 Muckross Gardens

Muckross Gardens is one of the most beautiful gardens in Ireland. It is over fifty acres of garden and consists of natural limestone rockery, large lawn areas, water garden, beautiful bright flowers, & trees. It has beautiful collections of Azaleas, & Rhododendron in the park. The park is open to the public all year around.

 The Lake Hotel 1850 AD

The Lake Hotel on the Muckross road with its fantastic views of the Lakes and the 12th Century McCarthy Mor Castle serves lunch daily, it also has one of the best places to see some historic images and documents available in Killarney … more

Torc Waterfall

Torc Waterfall is located just minutes from Muckross house and can also be accessed through Muckross Park. The waterfall is easily accessible and has a car park to the left, just before the waterfall. There are several scenic walks from Torc waterfall and Torc Mountain is also located near to the waterfall which is open to the public to climb.

 Ladies View

Ladies View is located between Killarney and the Kenmare road on the Ring of Kerry. It is one of the most scenic points in Killarney. It is overlooking the upper Lake & Islands, McGillicuddy Reeks.   At Ladies View, you will find A café, gift shop and a bar. Ladies View is named after the time Queen Victoria visited Killarney and she quoted it as “the finest view in the land”.

Innisfallen

Innisfallen is an Island in the middle of the lower lake (Lough Lein / Leane) Killarney. Here people can witness the ruins of Innisfallen Abbey, this old 7th-century monastery which was founded in 640 by St Finian. Lough Leane in English means “Lake of Learning and apparently, the High King of Ireland Brian Boru was educated here. There are boats available from Ross Castle daily except in the winter season.

O Sullivan’s Cascade

O Sullivan’s Cascade is located 5kms from Killarney town. It is an unmarked road as you drive towards the Gap of Dunloe. There will be a signpost for Lough Leane to the left, take this left and within 1.5km the surfaced road goes left after across a small stream. Go straight on and through the forest over the stile and the stream. Keep straight and follow the road through the oak woods. After 5km you will come to a stream and then a sign for  “ O Sullivan’s Cascade” which will lead you to a beautiful waterfall. Boat trips are also available on request from Ross Castle.

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