Walking in Killarney.....
It is said that in Killarney you will find a different walking route for everyday of the year.
We have put together some walking routes with the help of our friends at www.walkwithme.ie
We would be more then happy to help set up a walking package if you call us on +353 64 6631211. Here are some sample walks available.
Muckross Lakeshore Trail.
This guided walk captures the heart and essence of the true Killarney experience. It takes the walker as close as one can get to the majestic shores of Killarney’s premier lake, Lough Leane and follows in the footsteps of the renowned English Agriculturalist and Writer, Arthur Young, who visited the Muckross Estate in the Autumn of 1776 and stayed with the Herberts on the Muckross Estate. Your walk will take in The Old Boathouse Trail that meanders along the lakeshore to the rocky promontory at Dundag Point. You will continue on to the spectacular Torc Waterfall, followed by a visit to the Muckross Estate Gardens where your guide will give you a guided tour of the Gardens, their content and history surrounding the construction and development of the Gardens from the mid 1800’s to the present day.
The final section of the walk will visit the Muckross Abbey which was founded in 1448 by Donal McCarthy Mor and given over to the Observatine Order of the Franciscans. You will return to the old entrance of the Muckross Estate via The Monks Walk
9.30am - Depart McSweeney Arms Hotel
9.45am - Arrival at the Muckross Estate
9.45am - 11.45am - Lakeshore, Arthur Young Trail, Old Boat House Trail and Torc Waterfall
11:45am - 1.55pm - Guided tour of Muckross Gardens and Muckross Abbey
2.30pm - Arrive back at McSweeney Arms Hotel
Killarney Copper Mines and Ross Castle Trail.
The Welsh Monk, Nennius, writing around 800AD, had this location in the mind when he listed the mineral wealth of this area as one of the know wonders of the world:
“There is a lake called Loch Lein, Four circles are around it. In the first circle, it is surrounded by tin, in the second by lead, in the third by iron, in the fourth by copper, and in the lake many pearls are found the Kings places in the ears”
This guided walk takes you on a trail of the copper mines and open mine shafts which date back to 2400 BC, to the fabulous scenic viewing points of the Governors Rock and Library Point on the Ross Island, a world UNESCO site. It will take you by boat to the monastic site and oratory on Innisfallen Island where St. Fionan Lobhar founded his monastery in the late sixth century. It was here that the world renowned Annals of Innisfallen were compiled and are now in the car of the Bodleian Library in Oxford, England. The tour will then return to Ross Island and you will visit Ross Castle built in the late 15th Century by the O’Donoghue Ross Chieftains and now in the care of the State since 1970 as a visitor attraction.
9:30am - Depart McSweeney Arms Hotel
9.45am - Arrival at Ross Castle
9.45am - 12.15pm - Copper Mines Trail, Governors Rock and Library Point
12.15pm - 1.15pm - Ross Castle Tour
1.30pm - Arrive back at McSweeney Arms Hotel
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