Muckross Abbey

Muckross Abbey is one of Killarneys oldest attractions. This 15th century Abbey was founded by Franciscan Friars and has had a long and bloody history. The Abbey can be found in the heart of Killarney National Park located not too far away from Muckross House & Gardens and being apart of a wider trail that brings you all around Muckross. 

The preserved ruins include a church with a wide, square tower and fine windows, and a vaulted cloister with an arcade of arches around a square courtyard. In the middle of the courtyard grows an ancient yew tree, said to be as old as the Abbey if not older. 

Muckross Abbey was the burial place of local chieftains, and in the 17th and 18th centuries, the three Gaelic poets, Geoffrey O’Donoghue, Aodhagan O’Rathaille and Eoghan Rua O’Suilleabhain. There are hundreds of tombstones scattered around the perimeter of the Abbey some of which are hundreds of years old. 

We highly recommend taking a step back in time and experiencing this massive part of Killarney’s history. 

Nearby Sights/Walks

Muckross House & Gardens 

Muckross Traditional Farms 

Torc Waterfall