Ireland

Ross Castle and Muckross walk

December 27, 2014

When Tomek suggested a trip to Kerry in October I wasn’t too eager to go. We’ve been out so much this year, I really dreamt about staying home for a weekend or two. But Kerry was on our list for a long time and it’s not easy to find a free long weekend, so despite my laziness I said OK.

View from Ross Castle

On our first day we had focused on Killarney National Park, that is just at the doorstep of Killarney. You could easily spend more than a day here.

Ross Castle

The Ross Castle was unfortunately closed for the winter, but the view over the lake and mountains was beautiful. The autumnal light was so warm and golden even though it was morning.

Muckross Abbey is open for visits all year long. There is intriguing yew tree growing in a yard. It is said the tree is as old as abbey itself, so roughly 600 years.

Muckross Abbey

Muckross Abbey

Muckross Abbey

Muckross Abbey

Muckross House

We skipped a visit to Muckross House, the weather was decent and we wanted to start our day with energetic walk. Well it turned out that our walk was longer than we anticipated. The travel guide was overly optimistic stating it takes only 2 hours, later when I checked, other resources said it takes 3-5 hours, so our 4 hours were totally average (I started to be worried about our walking speed!).

Anyway it was totally worth it. The views were beautiful, the weather pleasant, the route easy and Kerry as beautiful as I imagined. Just remember to pack some snacks and warm tea with you.

Muckross Walk

Kerry, Ireland
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4 Comments

  • Reply becky : : accooohtrements blog December 28, 2014 at 09:14

    Wow, it looks beautiful! The photo of the columns is particularly gorgeous; it almost looks like a painting. Thanks for sharing :)

    Becky :: accooohtrements.wordpress.com

    • Reply Magda December 28, 2014 at 11:27

      Thanks Becky, whenever we leave Dublin I feel most Irish landscape look like a painting. I’m glad you liked it.

  • Reply Renee February 27, 2015 at 01:00

    Oh no. We were at Ross Castle but for the life of me I don’t know how we missed Muckross Abbey and Muckross House. Looks like we definitely need a trip back. Thanks for sharing this.

    • Reply Magda February 28, 2015 at 21:31

      Thanks Rene. Well we got there only because of the signs on the road. We were quite tight on time and I didn’t do too much research, so we really were lucky to visit both. I only wish the Ross Castle had been opened when we visited.And definitely you should come back!

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