Killarney National Park (Páirc Náisiúnta Chill Airne)

Killarney National Park


Location: Killarney, Kerry County Map

Area: 102.89 km2 (25,420 acres)


Killarney National Park is a nature reserve near Killarney, Kerry County in Ireland. Killarney National Park covers an area of 102.89 km2 (25,420 acres). The National Park, which is more than 100 km2, borders the town of Killarney and includes the three lakes Lough Leane, Muckross Lake and Upper Lake, which make up a total area of 22 km2 of the park. There is one of the oldest remaining oak forests in Ireland. In addition to the oaks grow in the Park equally lush yews, mosses, lichens and ferns. As in the whole of south-west Ireland, due to the influence of the Gulf Stream in the National Park, there are numerous flowering plants, as they are known only from the Mediterranean, for example the shrub-like strawberry trees and large-growing Rhododendron shrubs. The Rhododendron has become a Problem for the Park in recent years. In the mild, humid climate it finds ideal growth conditions and now threatens to overgrow large parts of the park. With the help of Workcamps one tries to contain the plague.

Muckross House is the tourist centre of Killarney National Park. The Herbert family mansion, built in 1843, is located in a picturesque location on the banks of Muckross Lake, surrounded by well - kept lawns, a beautiful flower garden and a stone garden.

Close to Muckross House, a tourist centre has been built, from which you can visit the Kerry County Life Experience. The visitor gets an insight into rural life around 1930 and can watch craftsmen at work.

From Muckross House you can explore the area by horse-drawn carriage or on foot. The popular destination is the Torc Waterfall. The Tower House Ross Castle is located on a promontory in Lough Leane, where you can get an insight into the everyday life of a clan chief.

The island of Innisfallen Island can be visited with its remnants of the once mighty monastery Innisfallen Abbey. An overview of Upper Lake can be obtained from the Ladies’ View, a popular tourist stop at the Ring of Kerry, which was used by Queen Victoria's court ladies. Furthermore, a well-developed network of signposted Hiking trails lead around the lakes and on the Slopes of the surrounding mountains.

Parts of the park are crossed by the Kerry Way long-distance hiking trail.