Located in Killarney National Park, the historical Muckross Abbey is known for its long-standing structure and central courtyard. You'll notice that the abbey, founded in 1448, has been well preserved, although much of it is roofless now. Stroll the courtyard, which is surrounded by a vaulted cloister and features a giant yew tree. Over the years, three Gaelic poets, Geoffrey O'Donoghue, Aodhagan O'Rathaille, and Eoghan Rua O'Suilleabhain, were buried here. Explore the ruins of the site, which were reconstructed several times after attacks. Consider adding a trip to the nearby Muckross House to your itinerary for the day. Add Muckross Abbey to your Killarney travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Killarney itinerary app .
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So beautiful, so calm. Landscapes and ruins was fantastic and breathtaking. I would like to recommend to all photographers to visit this beautiful place. Feels like you are in time mashine. more »
This is a great Abbey that is still fairly intact. It is quiet and you can walk all through it. Getting to it is a little hike but it is worth seeing. more »
This is an amazing old church hidden from the main sites. It does have graves with rich family history. The site faces the lake and feels like a archaeological site. There is a beautiful tree growing in the middle of the building, offering a unique viewpoint. Not as crowded and can ride a bike to this site. Has amazing masonry work, carvings, and writing to explore and photograph. Enjoy
Totally hidden gem here. The abbey sports a giant yew tree in the middle of a central square cloister, and it's awe-inspiring to look at. I feel like it's impossible to not notice the tranquility of the scene. The abbey also has a lot of old nooks and crannies that are great exploring for kids. Our group had a few and we ended up playing a few games of hide and seek there, and it was the most fun I've had playing with kids - there were legitimate hiding places for people of all sizes.
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