While the surrounding grounds are not as extensive as Muckross House, they are very well kept. We didn't take a guided tour, but wandered the castle freestyle, reintroducing ourselves to the construction techniques which are primarily defensive, even inside the walls. We took the relaxing Lower Lake watercoach tour past the monastic island of Inisfallen and had no problem with scheduling as one of the booking locations was Old Weir House, where we were staying. The tour was informative, but any photography has to take place through the plexi windows.
We then decided to walk to Killarney and back, which is almost completely level and passes through several ecosystems. There are many paths of various difficulty, and visiting here just for these would be an end in itself. The mountain vistas, large lakes, well restored castle, and many waterfowl caused me to run out of a set of batteries in my camera - something I never normally do in a day. Such is the beauty of Killarney National Park.
Parking was overflowed onto the side of the road, and this probably happens a lot. But this isn't much of a problem.
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