A Trail of Two Lakes : Lakeshore at Muckross, Killarney National Park

On this route we explore a circular 6km trail through one of the best known areas of Killarney National Park.  Suitable for runners, walkers, hikers, strollers and dogs alike, this trail will take us through some of the most-visited areas of Muckross in Killarney National Park. With just a few detours off the well-beaten track, you can very easily travel along by the lake shore of two of Killarney’s famed three lakes. Read on to sample some of the magic of Muckross and maybe follow the route yourself the next time you’re in the neighbourhood.

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Dip into the Blue Pool – A Trail Less Traveled near Killarney National Park

If the great outdoors is your thing, there are plenty of options for you around Killarney National Park. Just a stone’s throw from one of the busiest tourist routes in the Killarney area is a lovely trail that is perfect for a lively walk or an interesting trail run. The presence of some tyre tracks in the winter mud suggests a few mountain bikes have braved the ups and downs of the trails as well. Let’s take a dip in to the Blue Pool.

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Tower Wood Waterfall – A Hidden Gem of Killarney National Park

What Lies Beneath

You learn something new every day. And so it was the day I saw a stunning photograph of a waterfall in Killarney National Park featured in the Journal.ie. The photo captivated me not just because of its beauty but because I had no idea where the photo had been taken. Having grown up in Killarney and spent plenty of time wandering around the Park, my interest was piqued. The shot was from a photographic book by Norman McCloskey called “Parklight” which documented years of traversing the Park in all sorts of conditions. Having shared the photo on Facebook, I thought no more of the Tower Wood and filed it away in my mind under “Must Find Later”. Continue reading

Take Me To The Island – An Easy Stroll Around Ross Island, Killarney

Ross Castle in one of the most popular attractions within Killarney National Park. Its proximity to the town centre in a tranquil setting means that it is a favourite with locals and visitors alike. The trails around Ross Island are a little less visited and are one of my favourite spots to walk, run or stroll around with the family. On a recent sunny winter’s day, it provided the perfect backdrop for a brisk lunchtime stroll.

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Cardiac Steps, Torc Mountain, Killarney

Today was my first trip of the year up the Cardiac Steps of Killarney. For those not familiar with this trail, it is a not-so-gentle ascent up the slopes of Torc Mountain, just a few kilometres outside of Killarney town. The steep rise up through hundreds of steps brings great rewards to the walker or trail runner with panoramic vistas throughout the trail. If you need a break en route, you can take your pick of the great views of the Lakes of Killarney, McGillycuddy Reeks and the rest of Killarney National Park.

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Some great spots to view red deer in Killarney

Many people assume that viewing the magnificent red deer of Killarney National Park means a trek into the wilds armed with high tech cameras and a survival kit. Heading off the beaten track is often the best way to observe the deer in their natural habitat. Here we will identify where there are also some great spots to view the deer just 10-15 minutes walk from the town. There are even some areas where you can view the deer without leaving your car. Continue reading