Innisfallen Island
Innisfallen Island
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Archaeobuff
Sydney, Australia2,033 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
I drove around the Lough Leane to Ross castle and a pier on the lake where I met Fergus who had a boat that could take me to the island in the middle with ruins of a famous monastery there. Fergus and I discussed a huge range of subjects and like so many Irishmen i have met responded with friendliness to friendliness given.
I was dropped on the island and Fergus said because it was so early and i had paid for a solo passage, he would wait for me. He pulled out the paper and laid back and i thought that is not a bad life.
There was an Augustinian Priory, a Romanesque church and a small oratory on a hill in the woods. The island was heavily forested and I was by myself again wonderfully quiet and scenic. It was here that the monks wrote the “Annals of Innisfallen” - an account of the history of Ireland between 950 and 1350 and now kept at the Bodleian Library in Oxford.
The boat journey across the Lough, the company of Fergus and the search for the ruins on the island was one of my most enjoyable interludes in Ireland.
Written October 18, 2019
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LSQRD1
Kent, OH820 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Couples
We got one of the small boats from Ross Castle and enjoyed the brief ride to the island. The ruins are not as impressive as those we have seen elsewhere in island so we spent our time wandering the path that encircles the island. The fields of fox gloves were amazing and we also got a glimpse of the deer. They only issue was there was no information on the length of the trail or the time that it would take so we ended up feeling the need to rush to get back to the dock. You need to walk a decent clip to make it around in a timely fashion and to allow pauses for photo stops and admiring the environment.
Written July 22, 2018
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Dylan B
Killarney, Ireland24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2013
Its ten euro a hour per person and row to the island about a mile away , great day out u can hire the boats beside ross castle if u cant row u can get a boatman to bring u out a must if ure in killarney
Written March 15, 2013
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707kathryn
Atlanta, GA29 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Family
After walking to Ross Castle we were able to take a short boat trip to Innisfallen Island. The island has many beautiful trails to explore. Remember to bring your camera to take pictures of the summer flowers and ruins. Don't forget to pack a picnic lunch to enjoy. Picnic tables are available for you to use.
Written August 5, 2019
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Gene C
Waterford, Ireland31 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Couples
We got to Innisallen Island by kayak as part of a WildNHappy group tour. It is also possible to go by small boat or cruiser to the island. The lake was so calm getting to he island and you get a panoramic view of the mountains surrounding the lake. The island is a very peaceful place. It was home to a famous monastery and has ruins of several buildings that were part of a center of learning for centuries. We saw lots of sika deer who live on the island. A great place to get away from it all for a few hours.
Written August 28, 2018
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Cynthia J
Porterville, CA101 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Family
This was one of my family's favorite activities. We took a guided boat ride to Innisfallen Island which we heard was also called the Gap of Dunloe. This was a relaxing and beautiful ride on the river in which our guide narrated different sights and historical facts about the area. The ride was about an hour to an hour and a half. We saw beautiful scenery, water fowl and also some deer. Once there, we waited at a group of picnic tables where they have a small cafe with drinks, snacks, and cold sandwiches to purchase. After a short wait, we took a carriage ride from the island through Beaufort Black Valley-Dunloe Upper which was great! Our carriage driver was funny and entertaining.The ride took about an hour through beautiful country side. Definitely a day we will never forget!
Written June 21, 2018
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lahamada
Island of Malta, Malta288 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2014 • Couples
If you visit Ross castle and have the time do visit this small island. It will cost you €10 per person to make the trip, but I think it's worth it. We were vert lucky as we were the first on the island and had the place for ourselves for about an hour. There are lots of quite friendly deer and the ruins of an old monastery.
Written April 15, 2014
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mrliterature
Tucson, AZ560 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2010
We took the inexpensive shuttle from Ross Castle to Innisfallen Island on Lough Leane and it was a most pleasant experience! The boat ride over was easy and smooth, even though the weather wasn't ideal, and the ruins of the monastery are fascinating. I only wish that we had more time and there were more signs to read. It was great!
Written March 29, 2011
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Mike and Carol J
Fredericton, Canada81 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
Took a small boat across from Ross Castle to Innisfallen. It was a beautiful day to be on the water, scenery was outstanding. The captain of our little ship was fun and informative. So much beauty, so much history.
Written September 13, 2019
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Critiqueness
Yorktown, VA744 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Friends
As part of the Killarney National Park, you can catch the one mile boat ride (for a fee) from Ross Castle over to the island, passing Ireland's tallest mountains, shrouded in various shades of green. This island encompasses 21 acres, where sits the 7th century Innisfallen Abbey, founded by St. Finiar the Leper. Beautiful scenery and foxglove flowers were in bloom when we were there.
Written July 3, 2019
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