Killarney National Park, Kerry

  • Author:ActiveME
  • Created: January 20, 2014
  • Updated: December 12, 2017
Location: Kerry
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Killarney National Park was the first national park established in Ireland and was created when the Muckross Estate was donated to the Irish state in 1932. It covers 10,236 hectares (26,000 acres). The nucleus of the National Park is the 4,300 hectare Bourn Vincent Memorial Park which contains many features of national and international importance such as the native oakwoods and yew woods together with an abundance of evergreen trees and shrubs and a profusion of bryophytes and lichens which thrive in the mild Killarney climate. The native red deer are unique in Ireland with a presence in the country since the last Ice Age. Killarney National Park was designated as a Biosphere Reserve in 1981 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).

1. Killarney National Park, Kerry

Altitude: 23 m

Killarney National Park was the first national park established in Ireland and was created when the Muckross Estate was donated to the Irish state in 1932. It covers 10,236 hectares (26,000 acres). The nucleus of the National Park is the 4,300 hectare Bourn Vincent Memorial Park which contains many features of national and international importance such as the native oakwoods and yew woods together with an abundance of evergreen trees and shrubs and a profusion of bryophytes and lichens which thrive in the mild Killarney climate. The native red deer are unique in Ireland with a presence in the country since the last Ice Age. Killarney National Park was designated as a Biosphere Reserve in 1981 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).