Time  5 hours 27 minutes

Coordinates 1930

Uploaded August 25, 2016

Recorded August 2016

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201 ft
59 ft
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2.4
4.8
9.68 mi

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near Muckross Abbey, Munster (Ireland)

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Killarney National Park, among many other things to see, is home to the largest ancient oak forest in Ireland, a country that for centuries had its forests cleared by English invaders to extend land for sheep grazing and for farming. ship building. Fortunately here we can find extensive groves of oaks, yews, pines, a grove of holly trees ... and many huge specimens.

There are several places to park before entering the Park, we did it near the Muckross Abbey, so we did the classic "Lake Muckross Loop Trail" extended. Shortly after entering, we visit the ruins of the abbey (which are worthwhile and where we find a monumental yew tree in the courtyard of the cloister) and from here we continue for approximately 1.5 km. the way to take the aforementioned Lake Muckross Loop Trail, a path that goes around Muckross Lake and that we do in a clockwise direction. In some sections we share the road with cyclists and horse-drawn carriages. After seeing the huge Victorian Muckross House from the outside and requesting information about the park at the ticket offices, we already started walking along Muckross Lake to a detour that we took to visit the beautiful Torc Waterfall (waterfall).

After spending a few minutes enjoying the view of the waterfall, we return to the road and soon it takes us to the road where we continue for 1 km., So we must be careful because, like almost all roads in the country, they are narrow and without shoulder, although it is true that this is compensated by the calm and friendly driving of most of its citizens. After leaving the road, we go along the lake, we pass a beautiful holly forest (I have never seen so many together) and we arrive at Dinis Cottage, an old teahouse now closed, and at the Meeting of the Waters, a beautiful place where the waters of the three lakes of Killarney, Upper, Muckross and Lough Lane. For those who do not want to go all the way around, in front of the Dinis Cottage there is a small jetty where you can take a boat back to the place where you started the route.

We continue around the lake, enjoying fantastic views and soon we arrive at the beautiful Brickeen Bridge, which crosses the channel that connects the Leane and Muckoss lakes. From here the views are superb. We cross it and we enter the Reenadinna Wood, a very old forest of yews, conifers and mostly oaks. The walk along this section is a joy, surrounded by large trees, small beaches to get closer to the lake and enjoy the views, a wetland with its different vegetation ... When we leave Reenadinna Wood we have less than 1 km. until the detour that we took in the morning towards Muckross House to start the return to the lake. Now we continue straight, we pass again next to the Muckross Abbey and immediately we arrive at the car park where we finish this wonderful excursion.

Moving time: 4 h.
Parking

INICIO PARKING KILLARNEY NATIONAL PARK

Religious site

MUCKROSS ABBEY

Intersection

IZQUIERDA

Information point

MUCKROSS HOUSE

Intersection

IZQUIERDA TORC WATERFALL

Waterfall

TORC WATERFALL

Intersection

CARRETERA

Intersection

DERECHA

Tree

BOSQUETE DE ACEBOS

Waypoint

DINIS COTTAGE

Lake

MEETING OF THE WATERS

Bridge

BRICKEEN BRIDGE

Waypoint

FINAL REENADINNA FOREST

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