A clear example of why Ireland is called the Emerald Isle. It's a beautiful place to get lost, but if you don't have much time you can go see the Mansion and Muckross Abbey and a walk the paths surrounded by dazzling vegetation.
This fifteenth century castle is on the shores of Killarney Lake, one of Ireland's most beautiful places. There are small rowboats that you can rent, and larger boats for tourists that you can take for a nice spin around the lake. The summer sunsets are spectacular from the shore. This place has a long history. In 1652 it was one of the last strongholds to surrender to Cromwell. In the eighteenth century it was a prison, and also became a monastery. It's an ideal place to go and spend a pleasant day and have a picnic.
A friend and I returned to Ireland after our fellowship, and were keen to discover new places. We virtually rode through the entire Republic of Ireland with our backpacks and it was a spectacular experience. The parkway, fresh air and, thankfully, sunny days ... What more could you want! I have to emphasize the hospitality of the people, we were welcomed everywhere and the picturesque small towns were so colorful!! All this is summed up in one word that I learned ... CRAIC!
Going down to Ladie's View in Killarney National Park, there where the waters of Lake Superior, Middle Lake or Muckross Lake that unite under a bridge that crosses the road. It's worth the stop to enjoy what, weather permitting is a spectacle at sunset where the water reflects reality, as if inviting us to another dimension.
Amid Irish green fields and grazing sheep all around you, you can admire this circular fortress from the Iron Age. It has a single entry, and interior stairways from which you can climb to the top and admire the scenery. Stones overlapping that have simply resisted over the centuries. The ocean in front, is a beautiful setting. Admission is free as it's just set in the middle of the country and isn't maintained or anything. Road access. Don't miss it.
It is unfortunate that the season to enjoy the beaches, and the white sands, is so small. The harsh climate, and the chilly wind cause the freeze to start in late August, but it is worth the effort to stroll through these rugged shores and see the big waves. I also recommend the Beara Peninsula in County Cork, and Allihies, a lovely place with colorful houses. There is also a strange mountain of white sand formed by the path of a stream.
Despite having to suffer through driving an Irish car on the left side to get close to this area, it was worth it. From the town of Killarney, you come first to the first lake, or the first area of lakes and you see how beautiful and peaceful they are (at least in February) next to the first castle we saw. Later in the area of the mansions it's nice to take a stroll along the paths and park to the waterfall: How well some people lived!. The evening was beautiful, the stunning Irish green and beautiful landscape. After we went up to Ladies View, where you see everything together. It was worth it.
This beach located in St. Finians bay, in the southwest corner of County Kerry. The beach of this bay is known as one of the best for surfers but it is very dangerous because of the currents. The landscape of mountains and cliffs has a few houses and is dotted with cows and sheep. Also this part of the bay is known internationally for birdwatchers because of the puffins. Here you will find the largest colony of these birds in Ireland. And if you're looking for one of the best chocolate shops in Ireland, you will find it here. Across the bay you can see the "Skellig rocks" and Skellig Michael monastery.
Just beginning to walk through the National Park of Killarney, if you arrive by the 1st access to the park from the Kenmare road, you will see the ruins of an abbey and graveyard, on the other side of a small lake. We thought it would be "an abbey more", as it is easy to come up from the ruins and witness the high presence of the Church in Ireland for centuries. But after touring the park, we decided to detour and stop to watch. It is a lovely building, in which they have reconstructed a part, so you can access the top floor and from there see one of the main rooms, with a huge tomb, or the tiny but pretty cloister. Founded in the year 1448, it was burned like so many other churches and monasteries by Cromwell's troops in the year 1652. Apparently, William Thackeray said it was "a little gem, the ruined abbey was the prettiest I´ve ever seen." Perhaps exaggerating, or maybe not ... By the way, when we left and continued on our way into a nearby field we spotted a deer. Such is the tranquility of these places, at least one business day