Killarney National Park

  • Author:ActiveME
  • Created: August 28, 2012
  • Updated: December 12, 2017
Location: Kerry
  • DistanceInstructions
  • Distance90.29 km
  • Time0 s
  • Speed0.0 km/h
  • Min altitude17 m
  • Peak834 m
  • Climb2086 m
  • Descent2245 m

Killarney National Park is located beside the town of Killarney. It was the first national park established in Ireland and encompasses over 102.89 sqkm or 25,425 acres

It has Ireland's only native herd of Red Deer and the most extensive covering of native Oak forest remaining in Ireland at about 12.2 square kilometres (3,000 acres). The Lakes of Killarney and the Mangerton, Torc, Shehy and Purple Mountains are located in the park

Lough Leane has the early Christian period ruins of a monastic settlement on Inisfallen Island, founded in the 7th century by St. Finian the Leper and occupied until the 14th century. The Annals of Inisfallen, a record of the early history of Ireland was written in the monastery from the 11th to 13th centuries and these monks are thought to have named the lake Lough Leane, which means Lake of Learning. Muckross Lake is the deepest of the three lakes.  It has a maximum depth of 73.5 metres (241 ft), close to where the steeply sloping side of Torc Mountain enters the lake