Killarney National Park, just outside Killarney town offers an unparalleled experience – a ride in a jaunting cart pulled by the Irish Draught horse, the national breed of Ireland. Your jaunting cart driver will entertain you with the local folklore and history of the area.
The scenic pathways will take you through forests, over babbling brooks and by fields with grazing Kerry cattle. Worthwhile visits include the spectacular fifteenth century Muckross House, a mansion designed by a British architect and built in 1843. In 1932 it was presented by William Bowers Bourn and Arthur Rose Vincent to the Irish nation. It thus became the first National Park in the Irish Free State (now Republic of Ireland) and formed the basis of the present day Killarney National Park.
Muckross Abbey founded in 1448 by the Franciscans, is a major ecclesiastical site found in Killarney National Park, County Kerry. It has had a violent history and has been damaged and reconstructed many times. Today the abbey is largely roofless although, apart from this, it is generally quite well preserved. Its most striking feature is a central courtyard, which contains a large yew tree that is surrounded by a vaulted cloister.