Killarney Lakes and National Park
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They consist of three lakes – Lough Leane, Muckross Lake (also called Middle Lake) and Upper Lake and are all close to the town of Killarney.
Located on the N22, 25 kilometres south of the county town of Tralee, they present a stunning vista to the visitor of lakes, woods and mountains merging together as though they were a painting.
Lough Leane, meaning Lake of Learning, is the largest of the three lakes.
Innisfallen Island is found in Lough Leane and is home to the ruins of Innisfallen Abbey, one of the most impressive archaeological remains dating from the early Christian period found in the Killarney National Park.
The three main lakes of Killarney occupy a broad valley stretching south between the mountains.
The three lakes and the mountains that surround them are all within the Killarney National Park.
The Lower Lake is nearest to the town.
It is studded with islands and has Muckross Abbey and Ross Castle on its eastern shore.
The Lower Lake is separated from the Middle Lake (sometimes called Muckross Lake) by the wooded peninsula of Muckross.
At the tip of the Muckross Peninsula is the quaint Brickeen Bridge and Dinis Island is further on with its sub-tropical vegetation and views of the ‘Meeting of the Waters’.
A narrow straight called the Long Range leads to the island-studded Upper Lake, which is surrounded by lush vegetation.
Mountains and woodlands surrounding the lakes as well as the Three Lakes make up the vast Killarney National Park.
The Park includes the peaks of Mangerton, Torc, Shehy and the Purple Mountains while just to the west of the Park rise the majestic Macgillycuddy Reeks, the highest mountain range in Ireland.
Situated amidst the spectacular scenery of Killarney National Park, Muckross House is a magnificent Victorian mansion, which relives a life of majestic splendour and is the centre piece of the many aspects of Muckross.
Muckross Friary was a 15th century Franciscan foundation with a south transept added around 1500.
A visit to Killarney, or indeed Kerry, is not complete without a visit to the world renowned Muckross House & Gardens.
One of Ireland’s most popular visitor attractions, this magnificent Victorian mansion was built in 1843 and forms the centre piece of the equally renowned Killarney National Park.