Muckross House and Gardens, a brief history – Part 1

Muckross House is a Victorian mansion in an unrivalled setting that is a world-class attraction in its own right. Built for the Herbert family, who nearly bankrupted themselves to prepare a home fit for Queen Victoria to visit in 1861, it is now a celebration not just of its own history, but also of the wider Kerry region.Muckross House sits on the shores of Muckross Lake, the middle of the three Lakes of Killarney and makes for an ideal destination for a family break. Much of the estate was donated to the nation and formed the basis of Killarney National Park, the first landscape in the country to receive such a designation and now home to some of Ireland’s most endangered and beguiling inhabitants.The Herbert family have Kerry roots much older than the great house they be ... more
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Five reasons to travel the Ring of Kerry

Five reasons to travel the Ring of Kerry The Ring of Kerry has been attracting visitors to this wonderful corner of the far south-west of Ireland for hundreds of years and it is an ideal area for family breaks. The Ring itself is a circular route that takes in some of the country’s best scenery – brooding mountains, rugged coasts and some of Ireland’s finest historical buildings and heritage attractions. There are numerous reasons to visit the Ring of Kerry. It’s a paradise for outdoor activities, including walking, fishing, golf, climbing and surfing. Nature lovers can see Ireland’s first ever national park – the Kerry Lakes – with some rare and beautiful residents. It’s a rich agricultural area with the Atlantic coast never far away, so the cuisine is fantastic. And ... more
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