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Muckross Abbey

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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The Gleneagle Hotel & Apartments

Muckross Road, Killarney, County Kerry
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    This family-friendly Killarney hotel is located in a national park, within a 15-minute walk of INEC Killarney and Killarney National Park. Ross Castle is 2.4 mi (3.9 km) away. Killarney Station is 27 minutes by foot.

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    The Lake Hotel Killarney

    The Lake Hotel Killarney

    On The Lake Shore, Muckross Road, Killarney, Kerry
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated on a lake, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Killarney National Park and INEC Killarney. Ross Castle is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) away.

      Killarney Riverside Hotel SG$115
      Killarney Riverside Hotel

      Killarney Riverside Hotel

      Muckross Road, Killarney
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Killarney, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of INEC Killarney and Killarney National Park. Ross Castle is 2 mi (3.2 km) away. Killarney Station is 19 minutes by foot.

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        Muckross Park Hotel & Spa

           
          5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in the historical district, this luxury hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Muckross Abbey and Killarney National Park. INEC Killarney is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) away.

          The Fairview Boutique Hotel SG$138
          The Fairview Boutique Hotel

          The Fairview Boutique Hotel

          College Street, Killarney, Kerry
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in the heart of Killarney, this guesthouse is within 1 mi (2 km) of St. Mary's Cathedral and INEC Killarney. Killarney National Park and Ross Castle are also within 2 mi (3 km). Killarney Station is only a 5-minute walk.

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            The Reserve at Muckross

               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Killarney, this spa aparthotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Muckross Abbey and Killarney National Park. INEC Killarney is 1.7 mi (2.7 km) away.

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              The International Hotel Killarney

              The International Hotel Killarney

                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in the heart of Killarney, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Killarney House Gardens and INEC Killarney. Killarney National Park and Ross Castle are also within 2 miles (3 km). Killarney Station is 7 minutes by foot.

                Across the road from world famous Killarney National Park & Lakes of Killarney.
                Across the road from world famous Killarney National Park & Lakes of Killarney.

                Across the road from world famous Killarney National Park & Lakes of Killarney.

                   
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                  Located in the heart of Killarney, this historic holiday home is within 1 mile (2 km) of Muckross Abbey and Killarney National Park. INEC Killarney is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) away.