Innisfallen Island, Killarney

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Innisfallen or Inishfallen is an island in Lough Leane; one of the three Lakes of Killarney in County Kerry, Ireland.HistoryInnisfallen is home to the ruins of Innisfallen Abbey, one of the most impressive archaeological remains dating from the early Christian period found in the Killarney National Park. The monastery was founded in 640 by St. Finian the Leper, and was occupied for approximately 950 years. Over a period of about 300 of these, the monks wrote the Annals of Innisfallen, which chronicle the early history of Ireland as it was known to the monks. The monks were dispossessed of the abbey on August 18, 1594, by Elizabeth I.The location of the monastery on the island is thought to have given rise to the name Lough Leane (Irish Loch Léin), which in English means "Lake of Learning". According to tradition the Irish High King Brian Boru received his education at Innisfallen under Maelsuthain O'Carroll. Maelsuthain has been credited as the possible originator of the Annals.Access to the islandIt is possible for tourists to visit the island during the summer months, with boats leaving from Ross Castle throughout the day.
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  • August 5, 2017
    We loved the walk around this island. The area is so picturesque but to stop on an island in the middle of this lake to find an old abbey was magical.  more »
  • August 2, 2017
    We arrived at Ross castle and tried to get a boat ride to the Island, but we were not able to since all the boats were booked for a few hours out. Visiting the Island was the one thing on our list, an...  more »
  • July 12, 2017
    A superb setting with every changing backdrop. Incredible location, local walks and wildlife, Highly recommend  more »

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Travelers visit Killarney for the national park surrounding it, and there are plenty of places to stay in town that capitalize on the natural beauty of the valley setting. Because of its popularity, Killarney has more hotel beds than any other town or city in Ireland other than Dublin. Stay at a hotel or hostel in the town's center near the bustling corner of Main Street and East Avenue Road, or find a place along the side streets off Main Street for easy access to tourist shops, local pubs, and restaurants. There are plenty of affordable bed and breakfasts or guesthouses just within walking distance from the center, or you can stay outside of town at a scenic farmhouse or luxurious resort.
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