The Gap Of Dunloe
From the northern end of the Gap Of Dunloe (Dún Lóich), looking south through the stunning glacial valley
Ross Castle (Caisleán an Rois) dates from the late 15th Century and sits on the bank of Lough Leane in Killarney National Park. A guided tour of the interior is a treat for all ages.
Boat trips from Ross Castle, rowers and kayaks often pass by on the lake.
Deer in Winter
On a very cold morning in Killarney National Park. Just off the road, down a pathway, and a family of Deer were grazing.
Ross Castle at Lough Leane
An irish prophecy foretold that the castle would not be conquered until a warship could 'swim on the lake'. And it proved to be true, when Cromwell's forces arrived by ship, an act which so unsettled the castle's occupants as to encourage a swift surrender.
Yew Tree at Muckross Abbey
It is believed that, rather than having been planted by the Abbey's friars, this tree is somewhat older than the Abbey itself, meaning that they chose to build around it. Evidence exists that the Yew was revered for various reasons, including bringing purity to the land in which they stand, and this is why here and elsewhere ceremonial structures were built around them.
The rear of the castle, facing Lough Leane. Legend has it that O'Donoghue plunged from the top of the castle, into the lough where he lives in a grand palace.
Friar's Walk Killarney
Leading from the Abbey towards Muckross House. This pathway is well-trodden yet peaceful, with only the occasional horse-drawn carriage (Jaunting Car) to step aside for.
One of the countless trees in Killarney National Park, this one has chosen a lovely spot to call home.
Stepping off the pathway and finding a beautiful view of the lake.
Autumn in Killarney
Colours so vibrant for miles and miles in the Autumn months fill Killarney National Park with even more splendour.
At the top of the Gap of Dunloe, wishes made here are said to be 'destined' to come true.
Near Muckross Abbey
A view unchanged for centuries in Killarney National Park.
A myriad of walks and pathways criss-cross the land in Killarney National Park. A magical place.
Entrance to the Black Valley
The Black Valley (Cummeenduff) sits south of the Gap of Dunloe and north of Molls Gap. A hiker's paradise.
The Gap of Dunloe
The winding road heading north along the Gap. A route for Jaunting Cars, cyclists, hikers and bikers.
Ladies View Killarney
So-called after the reaction to the scene of Queen Victoria's ladies-in-waiting during a visit here in 1861.
Along the Friars Walk
Heading towards Muckross House.
Horse at the Gap of Dunloe
A lone horse stands at the northern side of the Gap, near the Wishing Bridge.
Muckross House Gardens
The gardens at Muckross are vast, with a huge variety of trees and plants to explore and enjoy. On this morning there was a frost covering the ground, creating a perfect winter scene.
Ireland's deepest lake and home, some say, to a monster known as 'Mucky'. Scientists suspect that, rather than a monster, a giant Eel of around 20m in length may well reside in the lake. Paddling is not recommended!