Muckross Abbey

Killarney and County Kerry are beyond beautiful!! An area of high mountain peaks, glass lakes, a huge national park, dramatic coast and rolling hills it truly is like stumbling upon a magical Oz.

muckross gardens

When I return home I will organize my photos but for now I remain very taken with the wonderful and historic site of Muckross  Abbey and house. It is a major ecclesiastic site founded by the Franciscans in the 1400’s. Muckross house is a huge estate of woodland waterfalls (the Torc) and lovely gardens. The house was built by a Scottish architect and privately owned by one family. It was later donated to the Irish nation and is now part of the National Park.

muckross lakesepiasmallstraight
Innisfallen

In the middle of Lough Leanne lie the ruins of a 7th Century Monastery founded by St.Finian, just one of the centers of early Monasticism he established, the most famous being in County Meath.

muckross house (1 of 1)a
Muckross House
Ross castle across the lake
Ross Castle across the Lake

Muckross Abbey

And my contribution to Leanne Cole and Laura Macky’s Monochrome Madness

The abbey courtyard hallway
courtyard hall

62 Comments Add yours

  1. wanderlusteternal says:

    Your photos are stunning! Currently planning a trip to Ireland so thanks for these 🙂

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    1. Many thanks!! I’m sure you will enjoy!! I go when I can!!

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      1. wanderlusteternal says:

        I hope so! Have you been anywhere else in Ireland?

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      2. quite a few places there yes including Northern Ireland and both west and east coast. It’s gorgeous!

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      3. wanderlusteternal says:

        I’m going to the East and West coast next month! Very excited

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  2. Fantastic gallery. I love them.

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    1. thanks Cardinal. It was a beautiful place!

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  3. Jackie Saulmon Ramirez says:

    That is quite an imposing figure of a structure! 😉

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  4. Truels says:

    Great photos from an exciting and beautiful place.

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  5. aishasoasis says:

    Wow, what a great castle! Looks like the place for a dark fairytale! ♥♥♥ ;^)

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  6. Aquileana says:

    “Killarney and County Kerry are beyond beautiful!”. I agree, they are sublime and majestic as well. Great post, Cybele. All the best to you, Aquileana 😀

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    1. glad you enjoyed Aquileana!!

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  7. What a grand house in such a tranquil setting. I love that style of architecture.

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    1. I do too!! And I love the Georgian doors of Dublin row houses!!

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  8. I thank you for taking the time to show us these photos while on vacation. I’m not sure if I could get myself to do any posts when I’m on vacation, but then again, I’ve never been on a vacation since getting into photography so I guess I’ll just have to wait until the time comes.

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    1. thanks Justin, oh it was photos or tv late in the evening! 🙂

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  9. Oh, my, I’m spellbound! That house and scenery are beyond my imagination! Bucket list! 😀

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    1. thanks so much Linda!! yes you must go!!

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  10. Indeed Cybele, beautiful place. The photos very inspiring

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  11. lauramacky says:

    I love the Abbey Gate shot with the sun peaking through!

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      1. lauramacky says:

        hehe you’re welcome!

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  12. Tracey says:

    Beautiful images 🙂

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    1. thanks so much for stopping by!!

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  13. Peter Nena says:

    Ghostly hallway. The Muckross House stands strong. Much appreciated, Cybele.

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    1. Hi Peter!! So glad to hear from you!!

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  14. Great photos, Cybele!! 😀 I especially like the Abbey Gate. It’s evocative of a transition, of either going back to the past. It also brings thoughts of an unknown future, curiously enough. Have fun! And thank you for posting your pics. It’s like we are traveling along with you! Huggles!

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    1. thank you Lizzie!! I’m so glad you feel that way and glad to have you on the journey!

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  15. kazg10 says:

    You have done this place proud with your photos Cybele just beautiful 🙂

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  16. Wow what an amazing house and those sunset backgrounds are wonderful.

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    1. thanks Andrea- I’m trying to catch up now!!

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  17. How magical! It looks like it comes straight out of Arthurian legend. Beautiful photos, Cybele.

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    1. thank you Debbie!! I feel the same way!

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  18. Amy says:

    Your photos show so much of the beauty and majesty of the abbey! Magnificent photos, Cybele!!!

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  19. joanfrankham says:

    Isn’t it a great spot, and the park and it’s beautiful trees ..heavenly.

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    1. tis indeed Joan!!! thanks for coming by!

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  20. suej says:

    You did well with the weather! Muckross looks really interesting, I need a trip to Ireland! 🙂

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    1. yes sue it was great, thanks!!

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  21. We visited Kerry in 2002 and it was beautiful — just like your photos!

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  22. Beautiful photos, especially the Muckross House.

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    1. so glad you liked them Snow!!

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  23. Robyn G says:

    Such a beautiful place and your images and words tell the story.
    Gorgeous work Cybele… So glad you’re enjoying yourself xx

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    1. your comment means a lot Robyn! thanks!

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  24. Maria F. says:

    What a place, and you know exactly where to look!

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  25. Suzanne says:

    I’ve been there. Your photographic treatments are a brilliant way of expressing the mood of the place.

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    1. what a lovely comment Suzanne, thanks!!

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  26. Great sky shots.

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  27. Roy McCarthy says:

    Yes Kerry is incredible – though, as my ancestors were from Cork, I always feel disloyal in saying so. Never been to Muckross though – you picked a brilliant sky backdrop there – sunset?

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    1. yes the sunset was spectacular. I also love Cork but Killarney is magical indeed!! The temp was 20 C!!!!

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  28. Fine set; love the mood.

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