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Muckross Abbey
Holiday Travel Guide

Mysterious ruins tell stories from a shadowy past and invite you to find peace in what is left of their mossy walls.

Once a monastery where monks whispered their daily prayers, now a fascinating site of mossy ruins, find Muckross Abbey deep in Killarney National Park. Wander through rooms with a turbulent history of violence and destruction. You can now sit peacefully among the trees and flowers that grow around them.

Look for a weathered stone construction standing behind a small and cluttered cemetery. Roam Muckross Abbey at your own pace. What remains is a roofless church with a tower and small windows, a vaulted cloister and a square courtyard surrounded by an arched arcade.

Enjoy an atmospheric history lesson about religious life in Ireland or just the unique attraction of a ruined monastery in beautiful surroundings. This has been a sacred site for many centuries. It is said to have been the site of another monastery in the early days of Christianity in Ireland, about the 6th century. See the current buildings dating from 1448, some of the important religious sites of the park. The original inhabitants were the Observantine Franciscans. Cromwell’s forces drove the last monks out in the 1650s and burned the structure.

As you wander through the ruins’ passageways, notice the moss growing up the stone walls showing nature reclaiming the structure. See the historic cemetery, still in occasional use. It has the graves of many clan chieftains from history, as well as beloved figures from Gaelic literature. Growing in the courtyard is an enormous yew tree, thought to be as old as the building around it.

Include a visit to Muckross Abbey on a walking or cycling tour of Killarney National Park. Try riding in a traditional jaunting car pulled by a horse. To drive, park just off the road at Muckross House. From here, walk 15 minutes to Muckross Abbey. Start at Flesk Bridge on Muckross Road and continue via the abbey to the wider Killarney National Park. Visit Muckross Abbey for free, any time of year.

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Killarney Oaks Hotel
Killarney Oaks Hotel
4 out of 5
Muckross Road, Killarney, County Kerry
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Situated in Killarney, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Killarney National Park and INEC Killarney. Ross Castle is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) away.

4.3/5Excellent! (164 reviews)
Lovely hotel minus our dining experience

"I spent three nights here with my partner in July 2020. We experienced a great level of service from reception and breakfast staff were extremely efficient. The lobby of the hotel is really modern and the location is great. The only downside of our stay was the restaurant. On the final night of our ..."…"

Reviewed on 27 Jul,2020

Killarney Oaks Hotel
Arbutus Hotel Killarney
Arbutus Hotel Killarney
4 out of 5
College Street, Killarney, Kerry
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Situated near the airport, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Killarney House Gardens and Killarney National Park. INEC Killarney and Ross Castle are also ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (368 reviews)
Super breakfast with plenty of choice

"Really enjoyed our stay, staff were very helpful and service was excellent, particularly the breakfast. It is well set up to address any Covid fears with hand sanitizers located in close proximity to all touch points."…"

Reviewed on 8 Sep,2020

Arbutus Hotel Killarney
Old Weir Lodge
Old Weir Lodge
4 out of 5
Muckross Road, Killarney, Kerry
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Situated in a regional park, this guesthouse is within a 15-minute walk of Killarney National Park and INEC Killarney. Ross Castle is 1.8 mi (2.9 km) away. Killarney ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (750 reviews)

"Friendly and very clean, breakfast was lovely and hot goo service"…"

Reviewed on 22 Sep,2020

Old Weir Lodge
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Killarney Oaks Hotel
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4 out of 5
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Old Weir Lodge
Old Weir Lodge
4 out of 5
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4 out of 5
Kenmare Square, Killarney, Kerry
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Killarney Avenue Hotel
4 out of 5
1 Kenmare Place, Town Centre, Killarney, Kerry
The price is SG$145 per night from 5 Feb to 6 Feb
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Across the road from world famous Killarney National Park & Lakes of Killarney.
Across the road from world famous Killarney National Park & Lakes of Killarney.
Old Muckross Post Office, Muckross, Killarney, County Kerry
Across the road from world famous Killarney National Park & Lakes of Killarney.
The Fairview Boutique Hotel
The Fairview Boutique Hotel
4 out of 5
College Street, Killarney, Kerry
The Fairview Boutique Hotel
A hidden gem in Killarney National Park
A hidden gem in Killarney National Park
Mangerton Road,, Killarney National Park, Muckross, Killarney, County Kerry
A hidden gem in Killarney National Park
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