on May 5, 2006
Killarney National Park is probably one of the most frequently visited areas of Ireland. Known for it's beauty and culture of the Irish lifestyle. The well known "jaunting carts" that can be rented in and around Killarney are still a top tourist activity. The brightly painted carts are drawn by a jolly horse and you can ride and view the beautiful Killarney National Park, Mockross House, Gap of Dunloe, etc.
The forest in this area is lush and green, it reminds me of a scene from Robin Hood's Sherwood Forest and his Merrymen. Green moss grows on everything and you feel like any moment an "Irish Fairy" is going to pop out to amuse you. It is truly enchanting. I loved the boats docked on Lough Leane near Ross Castle. There is some serious fishing to be had in this area also. But the scenery will capture you. Take time to visit the Muckross Heritage Farm which will take you back to the early days of farming in Ireland. The Muckross House is a stately beautiful early grand house and has a great restaurant and gift shop on it's grounds. Horse and carts "jaunting cars" are also provided here.
I especially liked the old church and stone bridge before you start ascending the Ring of Kerry where Route N71 and Route R568 splits. It has an ancient feel to it that will bring you back in time. We had a picnic here by the lively stream, so relaxing and enjoyable.
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