11 Photos to inspire you to visit Muckross Abbey

Muckross Abbey, in the middle of Killarney’s picturesque National Park, should be near the top of your must-see list when visiting the south west of Ireland. Here are 11 photos to show you why…

A bit of background about Muckross Abbey

The Abbey is a Franciscan friary founded around 1445 for the Observantine Franciscans. It has a colourful history and has been damaged and rebuilt a few times. The grounds were the burial site for local chieftains and in the 17th and 18th centuries, three Kerry poets; O’Donoghue, Ó Rathaille and Ó Súilleabháin were also buried there. The grounds are still used for burials today.

The ruins are amazingly well preserved, with the cloister walkways almost fully intact, and easily explorable. You can wander around inside and even go up to the first level via a couple of different staircases. In the middle is an ancient Yew Tree. It is thought that the tree was either planted by the Franciscans when building the Abbey or that the Abbey was built around the tree. Either way, it’s a very old tree!

To get a feel for the layout make sure you check out the map by the courtyard before exploring.

Muckross Abbey in pictures

The walk to Muckross Abbey
The walk up to the Abbey
View of Muckross Abbey
The view from oustide the Abbey
Inside looking out of Muckross Abbey
Looking out from inside the ruins
Close up of window at Muckross Abbey
An upclose look at one of the windows
Looking out from the choir
Inside Muckross Abbey
Inside the transept
Stairs inside Muckross Abbey
The ruins are well preserved allowing you to explore the different levels via in tact staircases
Top floor of Muckross Abbey
At the top of Muckross Abbey
Muckross Abbey Roof
A slightly newer roof!
Muckross Abbey Cloisters
The almost fully intact Cloisters
Ancient Yew Tree inside Muckross Abbey
The Muckross Abbey Yew Tree – located in the middle of the Cloisters, the tree is said to be as old as the Abbey itself.

 

View my Killarney travel diary for more places to visit in Killarney. For more information on Muckross Abbey visit  Killarney National Park.

 

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