Muckross House, Torc Waterfall, Dinis Cottage
On this beautiful route through the heart of the National Park you will discover a whole range of beautiful landscapes and structures. The Muckross area is a world-renowned place of beauty and history. With it's waterfalls, lakes, ancient woodlands, boglands, grasslands, limestone caves, old bridges, native Red Deer and a whole host of wildlife including pine martins, squirrells, badgers, birds, Sika Deer and much more this place will you breathless.
From our shop in the heart of the town you will set out on the Muckross road and within minutes you are immersed in the quiet and beauty of Muckross. In total it is a loop cycle of about 16km. A cycle for the whole family with it's paved roads of which 90% is off the main road and away from other vehicles making it a comfortable cycle.
As you enter the Muckross area of the National Park one of the first major attractions you will come across is Muckross Abbey.
This abbey was founded in 1448 as a Franciscan Friary and is free to explore. See the sacred old Yew tree in the central courtyard and wander around the many rooms and halls of the building where monks once resided. Keep an eye out for the graves of prominent Kerry poets such as O'Donoghue, Ó Rathaille and Ó Súilleabháin.
As you cycle on towards muckross lake with it's amazing views of nearby mountain and woods you will pass by beautiful lake shores and 'secret beaches', ancient Yew forests which are very rare in europe, limestone caves and huge rocks such as 'colleen bawn rock', Brickeen bridge - built for the queen's visit, Dinis Cottage Tea house for a relaxing break,the meeting of the waters where the three lakes of killarney meet in one majestic spot very close to the tea house, visit Torc waterfall and finally on to Muckross House and gardens where you can take a guided tour of the House explaining all about the history, heritage and nature of the area.
This is a truly beautiful area and a highlight for most peoples' visits to Killarney. Anybody That visits this area is sure to agree that it is one of the most beautiful areas in all of Ireland.
At least half a day must be spent here to fully appreciate the sheer beauty on display out here in Muckross.
The cycling grade for this route is easy to moderate cycling with very small hills in some places but all in all a comfortable cycle for most people including young children. There are some areas where joining the main road is unavoidable so extra care should be taken in these areas when cycling. near road traffic.