Images from Killarney National Park
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Muckross Abbey

Muckross Abbey

Autumn colour covers the grassland around Muckross Abbey. Dating from 1448, the Franciscan friary was attacked and repaired several times. It stands still in remarkable condition and is a fascinating place to visit.

The Gap Of Dunloe

The Gap Of Dunloe

From the northern end of the Gap Of Dunloe (Dún Lóich), looking south through the stunning glacial valley

Ross Castle

Ross Castle

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.

Lough Leane

Lough Leane

Boat trips from Ross Castle, rowers and kayaks often pass by on the lake.

Deer in Winter

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

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

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.

Ross Castle

Ross Castle

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

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.

Lough Leane

Lough Leane

One of the countless trees in Killarney National Park, this one has chosen a lovely spot to call home.

Lough Leane

Lough Leane

Stepping off the pathway and finding a beautiful view of the lake.

Autumn in Killarney

Autumn in Killarney

Colours so vibrant for miles and miles in the Autumn months fill Killarney National Park with even more splendour.

Wishing Bridge

Wishing Bridge

At the top of the Gap of Dunloe, wishes made here are said to be 'destined' to come true.

Near Muckross Abbey

Near Muckross Abbey

A view unchanged for centuries in Killarney National Park.

Unspoilt Killarney

Unspoilt Killarney

A myriad of walks and pathways criss-cross the land in Killarney National Park. A magical place.

Entrance to the Black Valley

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 Gap of Dunloe

The winding road heading north along the Gap. A route for Jaunting Cars, cyclists, hikers and bikers.

Ladies View Killarney

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

Along the Friars Walk

Heading towards Muckross House.

Horse at the Gap of Dunloe

Horse at the Gap of Dunloe

A lone horse stands at the northern side of the Gap, near the Wishing Bridge.

Muckross House Gardens

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.

Muckross Lake

Muckross Lake

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!

Copyright James Brown Photography