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Killarney: Day 2

Day 2 was when our Killarney Adventure really started.  We rented a pair of bikes, and biked from the city all the way to the Torc Waterfall.  I’m going to mostly be sharing my own photos, with a bit of background information from Wikipedia.

First up was the Castlelough Castle, hidden behind a hotel but one of the most beautiful and serene sights I’ve seen in Ireland so far.

Then the Muckross Abbey:

Muckross Abbey is one of the major ecclesiastical sites found in the Killarney National Park, County Kerry, Ireland. It was founded in 1448 as a Franciscan friary for the Observantine Franciscans by Donal McCarthy Mor.

It has had a violent history and has been damaged and reconstructed many times. The friars were often subjected to raids by marauding groups and were persecuted by Cromwellian forces under Lord Ludlow.  Today the abbey is largely roofless although, apart from this, is generally quite well preserved. Its most striking feature is a central courtyard, which contains a large yew tree and is surrounded by a vaulted cloister.

We also visited the Muckross House, but you aren’t allowed to take photos inside, so here’s some random photos I took of places of no importance. (I highly recommend the tour if you ever go, I usually hate history and even I found the tour extremely engaging and fascinating, with a lovely tour guide).

One of Ireland’s most popular visitor attractions, this magnificent Victorian mansion was built in 1843 and forms the centrepiece of the equally renowned Killarney National Park. The elegantly furnished family rooms in the upper floors and the spartan servants quarters in the basement, clearly depict the ‘upstairs – downstairs’ divide of that era.

After about 5 hours of biking/exploring (which was mostly spent enjoying the sights with our eyes and ears, not with my camera, sorry), we finally finished our trek at the Torc Waterfall, where I just sat for a bit and took in the sheer power of it.  Our day finished off with local oysters at Murphy’s Bar and a pint of cider and traditional music at The Grand, winding down after a day of exciting exploration.

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