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Muckross Abbey

Mysterious ruins tell stories from a shadowy past and invite you to find peace in what is left of their mossy walls.

Once a monastery where monks whispered their daily prayers, now a fascinating site of mossy ruins, find Muckross Abbey deep in Killarney National Park. Wander through rooms with a turbulent history of violence and destruction. You can now sit peacefully among the trees and flowers that grow around them.

Look for a weathered stone construction standing behind a small and cluttered cemetery. Roam Muckross Abbey at your own pace. What remains is a roofless church with a tower and small windows, a vaulted cloister and a square courtyard surrounded by an arched arcade.

Enjoy an atmospheric history lesson about religious life in Ireland or just the unique attraction of a ruined monastery in beautiful surroundings. This has been a sacred site for many centuries. It is said to have been the site of another monastery in the early days of Christianity in Ireland, about the 6th century. See the current buildings dating from 1448, some of the important religious sites of the park. The original inhabitants were the Observantine Franciscans. Cromwell’s forces drove the last monks out in the 1650s and burned the structure.

As you wander through the ruins’ passageways, notice the moss growing up the stone walls showing nature reclaiming the structure. See the historic cemetery, still in occasional use. It has the graves of many clan chieftains from history, as well as beloved figures from Gaelic literature. Growing in the courtyard is an enormous yew tree, thought to be as old as the building around it.

Include a visit to Muckross Abbey on a walking or cycling tour of Killarney National Park. Try riding in a traditional jaunting car pulled by a horse. To drive, park just off the road at Muckross House. From here, walk 15 minutes to Muckross Abbey. Start at Flesk Bridge on Muckross Road and continue via the abbey to the wider Killarney National Park. Visit Muckross Abbey for free, any time of year.


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The Lake Hotel Killarney £93
The Lake Hotel Killarney

The Lake Hotel Killarney

On The Lake Shore, Muckross Road, Killarney, Kerry
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated on a lake, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Killarney National Park and INEC Killarney. Ross Castle is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) away.

    Muckross Park Hotel & Spa £128
    Muckross Park Hotel & Spa

    Muckross Park Hotel & Spa

    Killarney National Park, Lakes of Killarney, Killarney, Kerry
       
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in the historical district, this luxury hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Muckross Abbey and Killarney National Park. INEC Killarney is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) away.

      The Gleneagle Hotel & Apartments £85
      The Gleneagle Hotel & Apartments

      The Gleneagle Hotel & Apartments

      Muckross Road, Killarney, County Kerry
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        This family-friendly Killarney hotel is located in a national park, within a 15-minute walk of INEC Killarney and Killarney National Park. Ross Castle is 2.5 mi (4 km) away. Killarney Station is 28 minutes by foot.

        The Reserve at Muckross £128
        The Reserve at Muckross

        The Reserve at Muckross

        Muckross Road, Killarney, Kerry
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Killarney, this spa apartment building is within 1 mile (2 km) of Muckross Abbey and Killarney National Park. INEC Killarney is 1.7 mi (2.7 km) away.

          Victoria House Hotel £85
          Victoria House Hotel

          Victoria House Hotel

          Muckross Road, Killarney, Kerry
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            This family-friendly Killarney hotel is located in the historical district, within a 10-minute walk of INEC Killarney and Killarney National Park. Ross Castle is 2.5 mi (4.1 km) away. Killarney Station is 29 minutes by foot.

            Across the Road From World Famous Killarney National Park & Lakes of Killarney
            Across the Road From World Famous Killarney National Park & Lakes of Killarney

            Across the Road From World Famous Killarney National Park & Lakes of Killarney

            Old Muckross Post Office, Muckross, Killarney, Kerry (county)
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in the heart of Killarney, this historic holiday home is within 1 mile (2 km) of Muckross Abbey and Killarney National Park. INEC Killarney is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) away.

              The Heights Hotel Killarney £53
              The Heights Hotel Killarney

              The Heights Hotel Killarney

              Cork Road, Killarney, Kerry
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in the suburbs, this hotel is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from Lissyvigeen Circle and within 3 miles (5 km) of INEC Killarney and Killarney National Park. Ross Castle is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) away. Killarney Station is 19 minutes by foot.

                The Brehon £98
                The Brehon

                The Brehon

                Muckross Road, Killarney, Kerry
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated near the airport, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of INEC Killarney and Killarney National Park. Ross Castle is 2.3 mi (3.7 km) away. Killarney Station is 24 minutes by foot.