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Kerry Tour & Muckross House

Tour Duration: Full day

Depart from port of Cobh. Travel through County Cork into County Kerry, admiring all the beautiful scenery en-route

Killarney

Muckross HouseOur first stop will be in Killarney, where you will have free time to explore this wonderful town.

Killarney Town is situated at the base of Ireland's highest mountain range and is the gateway to the Killarney Valley and Killarney National Park. Killarney National Park covers approximately 10,000 hectares/26,000 acres of mountain, valley, parkland, woodland/forest and lakes.

Kerry is the fifth largest county in Ireland, 38% covered by mountains and lakes, 11% covered by bog and 51% by lowland mineral soil.

After Lunch visit to Muckross House

Muckross House

Muckross HouseMuckross House is situated close to the shores of Muckross Lake, amidst the beautiul scenery of Killarney National Park. The house is a focal point within the Park and is the ideal base from which to explore its terrain.

Muckross House was built for Henry Arthur Herbert and his wife, the watercolourist Mary Balfour Herbert. This was actually the fourth house that successive generations of the Herbert family had occupied at Muckross over a period of almost two hundred years. William Burn, the well-known Scottish architect, was the designer. Building commenced in 1839 and was completed in 1843.

During the 1850s, the Herberts undertook extensive garden works in preparation for Queen Victoria's visit in 1861. Later, the Bourn Vincent family continued this gardening tradition. They purchased the estate from Lord and Lady Ardilaun early in the 20th century. It was at this time that the Sunken Garden, Rock Garden and Stream Garden were developed.

 

 

 

Retun to Cork