Ross Castle, Ross Island and Innisfallen Island
This amazing area just a five minute cycle from our shop not only offers peace and tranquility in woodlands full of native plants and wildlife but also stunning views of the surrouning lough lein ( Lower Lake ) and mountains of the McGillicuddy Reeks.
This loop takes you on the trail of the copper mines and open mine shafts which date back to 2400 BC, thats nearly 4,500 years old. The trail includes the fabulous scenic viewing points of Governors Rock and Library Point on Ross Island, a world UNESCO site with stunning views of the Killarney Lakes, Mangerton and Torc Mountains to the south and Purple, Tomies and Shehy Mountains to the west.
The nature in this area is nothing short of amazing. If you visit in spring you will smell the vibrant fragrance of wild garlic growing on the woodland floor like a green and white carpet. Take some home to jazz up your salad!
The smooth, paved pathways that wind their way through the woodlands, lakeshore and limestone outcrops of this island allow you to explore the area with ease and is suitable for all ages and all levels of fitness. If it's just an hour you have to spare then you will still have gotten a good taste of Killarney by vsiting this area. This is easily one of the best walks/cycles in Killarney National Park.
You can also take a boat trip to the monastic site and oratory on Innisfallen Island where St Fionan Lobhar founded his monastery in the late sixth century. It was here that the world renowned Annals of Innisfallen were compiled and are now in the care of the Bodleian Library in Oxford, England.
At least two hours by bicycle is recommended to give this area the appreciation it deserves.