Torc Waterfall



A trip to see Torc Waterfall is a definite must, as said on tripadviser, they are “Gorgeous Waterfalls”.

 

The hike to the top is not difficult and well worth the effort. From that point steps lead to another viewing point at a higher altitude that provides a view over the Middle Lake. Bring the bug spray as the water attracts the midges.

This is a really lovely detour from your day tour around the Ring of Kerry. The waterfall itself is very beautiful, or as one of our group said “The most beautiful site I've ever seen!”. The moss-covered trees all around the waterfall are amazing as well. The area has that mystical feel to it that so many places in Kerry emanate.

You can have a rest once you come back down and have a picnic at the base surrounded by trees and the glistening water of the waterfall in the background.


The waterfall which is approximately 20 metres high is at its best after heavy rainfall as you face an impressive, raging cascade of water which drops over 70 feet. Across the road from the car park jaunting cars can be hired for a trip to Muckross House within the National Park.

This natural wonder of Torc Waterfall is approximately 7 kilometres from Killarney Town and approx 2.5 kilometres from the motor entrance to Muckross House and can be accessed from a car park on the N71 better known as the Killarney – Kenmare road.


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Torc Waterfall is not just a waterfall but wonderful healthy walk also. There are amazing walks linked in with Torc Waterfall. Here is one of the best.

From the car park to the waterfall there is a short walk beside the river. I think it is a beautiful waterfall best viewed obviously when the river is in flood. This can take place anytime but especially in the Winter months.

From the car park to the waterfall there is a short walk beside the river. I think it is a beautiful waterfall best viewed obviously when the river is in flood. This can take place anytime but especially in the Winter months.

There is a walk that continues up from fall which gives more spectacular views of the lakes, and if you are feeling more energetic and have a few hours to spare there are also walks across the face of Torc mountain towards Dinis and another fantastic walk to the top of Torc Mountain.

The best way to do the walk towards Dinis is to park at Torc car park. take route beside river and under the bridge and eventually come to another small car parking area, go across the road again and take path to the right, and just follow signs.

This leads to a steep climb known locally as cardiac hill. When you reach the top of the hill take a short rest before turning left. There are wonderful views of Killarney's middle lake from along this walk. Just follow signs and when out on dirt road again take route to waterfall.

This trip could take from two to two and a half hours with the section up cardiac hill taking a half hour, but if you are really fit it can be completed in one hour. This is defiantly a walk/trek worth taking, but do ensure probe footwear.

The trip up Torc mountain can also be accessed from Torc car park but a better way is to go to car park further up Torc. This can be accessed by a dirt road a little before Torc Waterfall car park on Killarney side.

When you park continue upwards along river on The Old Kenmare Road. You will see the path on the right. This path is very clearly laid out all the way to the top, either by a stone path or railway sleeper path. By keeping to path you ensure that shrubbery is protected, It takes about an hour if you are fit to reach the top and another hour to come down to upper car park.

There are some great views of Lakes along this walk, and when you reach the top fantastic views of all of Killarney and as far as Castlemaine Harbour.

These walks are really worthwhile and because of the clearly laid out paths all of the way to the top of the mountain it is practically impossible to get lost.

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