Aghadoe is one of Killarney’s most important sites in terms of appreciating Killarney’s rich built heritage and its serene landscapes.
The viewing point on the hill of Aghadoe is located at the northern end of the Killarney Valley, overlooking Killarney Town on the left, Lough Lein and Muckross Lake in the centre and Killarney’s magnificent mountains from The Paps in the east through the Gap of Dunloe and on to the high and rugged McGillicuddy Reeks stretching to the Atlantic.
Directly opposite the Aghadoe Viewing point and at the southern end of the Killarney Valley is the equally viewing point of Ladies View. Between them lies the Killarney Valley and Killarney National Park.
On the eastern side of the Aghadoe Viewing point are the extensive 11th century ruins of Aghadoe Cathedral and Round Tower. Between the viewing point and Aghadoe Graveyard, you will find the ruins of the 13th century Parkavonear Norman Castle, one of the few circular tower castles built by the Normans in the southwest. Looking out on to Lough Lein, can be seen the monastic island of Inisfallen with equally extensive ruins of an 11th century monastic settlement.
Both the monastic ruins of Aghadoe and Inisfallen occupy sites of much earlier 7th century monasteries. Also on the shore of Lough Lein is a very clear view of the restored Gaelic Ross Castle and immediately underneath the viewing point are situated the 3 wonderful courses that make up the world famous Killarney Golf & Fishing Club.