Killarney National Park

Waterfall

 

Killarney National Park was by far one of our favorite days in Ireland so far.  Ironically it reminded us of Asheville, North Carolina!  The natural beauty is magnificent throughout Ireland, but Killarney National Park is a special treat with castles, manor homes and nature all in a confined area.

Our first stop was Ross Castle within Killarney National Park which has been restored and you can tour inside as well.  The surrounding view of the mountains and lake around the castle were wonderful.

 

 

Ross Castle

Ross Castle

Views from Ross Castle

Views from Ross Castle

Just a short drive from the castle is the Muckross House and Gardens, also within the National Park.  They have recently built a large conservatory-type building where you can enjoy lunch on the grounds.  The house tour was interesting, the house hosted Queen Victoria and Prince Albert for two nights, which of course took years of planning before hand!  You get to tour through the sitting room and bedroom that Queen Victoria stayed in while at Muckross House.  The most interesting part was the children’s wing, because it was Victorian times and children were to be seen and not heard, they literally had their own wing of the house. Complete with a dining room and a private staircase with stairs fit for children’s feet!

We were not allowed to take pictures inside, but here is the front of the house and some garden views:

Muckross House

Muckross House

Muckross Gardens

Muckross Gardens

Rents in the Muckross Gardens

Rents in the Muckross Gardens

Our last stop was Torc waterfall, surrounded by forrest blanketed in moss.  The trees had so much moss they looked like green mushrooms were growing off the trunks.  There is something about the sound of waterfalls, that makes you want to sit and stay awhile…clearing the energy!

Mossy Trees

Mossy Trees

 

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