Muckross Abbey was founded as a Franciscan friary about 1448. The well-preserved ruins include a church with a wide, square tower and fine windows, and a vaulted cloister with an arcade of arches around a square courtyard. In the middle of the courtyard grows an ancient yew tree, said to be as old as the Abbey. Muckross Abbey was the burial place of local chieftains, and the graveyard in the grounds surrounding the Abbey is still in use. Entry is free, and the Abbey is 300m from the car park on the N71.