Time  5 hours 27 minutes

Coordinates 1930

Uploaded August 25, 2016

Recorded August 2016

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near Muckross Abbey, Munster (Ireland)

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The Killarney National Park, among many other things worth seeing, houses the largest forest of ancient oaks in Ireland, a country that for centuries suffered the clearing of its forests by the English invaders to extend the land for the pasture of sheep and for the construction of boats. Fortunately here we can find extensive groves of oaks, yew trees, pines, some holly groves ... and many huge specimens.

There are several places to park before entering the Park, we did it near the Muckross Abbey, so we made the classic "Lake Muckross Loop Trail" expanded. Shortly after entering we visited the ruins of the abbey (which are worthwhile and where we find a monumental yew in the courtyard of the cloister) and from here we continue about 1.5 km. the way to take the already mentioned Lake Muckross Loop Trail, path that goes around the Muckross Lake and that we do in a clockwise direction. In some sections we share a path with cyclists and horse-drawn carriages. After seeing outside the huge Victorian mansion Muckross House and request information from the park at the box office, we started walking along the Muckross Lake to a detour 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 after it takes us to the road where we continue for 1 km, so we have to be careful because, like almost all roads in the country, they are narrow and without hard 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 to the lake, we passed a beautiful forest of holly trees (I had never seen so many together) and we arrived at the Dinis Cottage, old teahouse now closed, and the Meeting of the Waters, beautiful place where the waters of the Three Lakes of Killarney, Upper, Muckross and Lough Lane. For those who do not want to make the complete return, in front of the Dinis Cottage there is a small pier where you can take a boat back to where you started the route.

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

Time in motion: 4 h.
Parking

INICIO PARKING KILLARNEY NATIONAL PARK

Sacred architecture

MUCKROSS ABBEY

Intersection

IZQUIERDA

Information

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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