- Lakes of Killarney
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Killarney, County Kerry
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frozen = The Lakes of Killarney are a renowned scenic attraction located near
Killarney, County Kerry, in Ireland. They consist of three lakes - Lough Leane, Muckross Lake (also called Middle Lake) and Upper Lake.
Lough Leane"/Lein (Irish 'Loch Léin"") meaning "Lake of Learning" is the largest of three lakes. The
River Launedrains Lough Leane to the north towards Killorglinand into Dingle Bay
The lakes lie in a mountain ringed valley starting in the Black Valley. The mountains include:
Carrauntoohil(At 1,038 m/3,406 ft, Ireland's highest mountain)
*Purple Mountain (2,739 ft)
Mangerton Mountain(2,756 ft)
Torc Mountain(1,755 ft)
Ladies View is a scenic stopping point on the
N71 roadfrom Killarneyto Kenmarethat offers a view of the lakes and valleys.
There are many sites of natural, historic and religious interest on the lakes which are mostly contained in the surrounding
Killarney National Park. On the shores lie Ross Castle, Muckross Abbeyand Muckross House. On Lough Leane is Innisfallen Island.
"Ross Island", a peninsula on the Eastern side of Lough Leane, is the site copper mines dating back 4000 years to the
Bronze Age, the earliest known copper mines in the British Isles. The area was also extensively mined in the early 19th Centuryby the Herbert family of Muckross House.
"Muckross Pensinula", which separates Lough Leane from Muckross Lake, contains one of the few Yew woods in Europe.
The lakes are renowned for their
troutfisheries. Live Images of he Lakes of Killarney with Castle and Mountain Views: http://www.vacationkillarney.com/webcam.htm
* [http://www.nuigalway.ie/ross_island/ross_island.htm Ross Island]
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