Torc Waterfall and Mangerton Mountain

  • Torc Waterfall: 7km from Killarney on the Killarney to Kenmare Road. It falls more than 20 metres over sandstone crags at the foot of Torc Mountain, close to Muckross Lake. It can be heard from a distance especially after heavy rains but it is screened from view until one is close to it. It is the finest of the many waterfalls in the Killarney area. A footpath winds it’s way up beside the fall and affords panoramic views of the Lake area. Queen Victoria climbed to the top of this Waterfall.
  • The Old Kenmare Road: This leaves the present road, by which it was replaced around 1830, about 1.5km south of Killarney Town. It passes between Torc and Mangerton mountains in a southwesterly direction meeting the old road from Galway’s Bridge to Kenmare about 1km south of Galway’s Bridge. An ideal track for the keen walker and it is now part of the Kerry Way, the long distance walking route around the Ring of Kerry.
  • Torc Mountain: Only 538 metres high it provides an opportunity for a fine view close up of the lakes and especially the Muckross area. An easy climb by approaching the summit from the south from the Old Kenmare Road.
  • Mangerton Mountain: At 840 metres this is the highest mountain in the National Park. The easiest approach is via a path up the northern slopes, reached from the end of the Mangerton road from Muckross village. The summit commands fine views of the Killarney Lake district and much of the South West of Ireland. Mangerton can also be climbed from the Old Kenmare Road and there are other approaches around the Horses Glen outside the National Park.
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