Innisfallen Island - take a boat from Ross Castle and
visit this very special island to see the impressive archaeological
remains of this impressive monastery dating from early Christian
times.The monastery was founded in the 7th century.
Over a period of 300 years the Annals of Innisfallen were written
which chronicle the early history of Ireland as it was known to
the monks. Today they are housed in the Bodleian Library in Oxford
in controlled atmosphere conditions.
Brian Boru a High King and Thomas Moore were educated here. Guided
tours of the island and monastery are free .
Muckross Abbey - a short walk from Coolclogher House - is
one of the major ecclesiastical sites in Kerry and took
50 years to build, being completed in 1448.It has had a violent
history, and has been damaged and reconstructed many times. Today
the Abbey is largely roofless, although apart from this is generally
quite well preserved. Its most striking feature is a central courtyard
which contains a large yew tree and is surrounded by a vaulted cloister.