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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Where to stay in Killarney

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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  • Beautiful little island. Bring a picnic and enjoy the waters edge. The ruin of the church is beautiful. Lovely walk round the island  more »
  • I took this trip on a whim, as I was visiting the Ross Castle and had an hour spare. Ancient ruins, a 500 year old tree in the front, and taking a nice 45 minute walk around the island we encountered ...  more »
  • This trip is unlike any other we have had in Ireland so far. We boarded a small boat with one other couple that took us to Innisfallen. The boat we took was "The Otter"- our guide was amazing and his ...  more »