Old Kenmare Road

Old Kenmare Road (Torc Upper carpark to Incheens)

Grade:             Strenuous

Distance:         7 km

Time:               2 hours

Ascent:            245 m

The Old Kenmare Road is a scenic trail that meanders through the uplands of Killarney National Park and forms part of the Kerry Way long distance trail. The official first leg of The Kerry Way is from Killarney town to Torc Waterfall. The section covered here starts from the Upper Torc car park.

From Killarney on the N71 to Kenmare, take first left 400m after main entrance to Muckross House (Old Kenmare Road), follow for approximately 1.7 km to Upper Torc Carpark.

Turn left on leaving the carpark and follow the Old Kenmare Road, through the barrier. Cross the wooden bridge over the Owengarrif River and take an immediate left. After this, there are very few decisions to take regarding which direction to take as the trail is pretty clear and easy to follow throughout. It is for walkers only and consists of woodland trails, boardwalk, river stepping stones, with occasional muddy, rocky and uneven ground in parts.

A sharp descent along a gravel path will bring you to the point where you meet the public road once more. From here, you can either turn left and follow the Old Kenmare Road all the way to Kenmare (10 km), or turn right and return to Derrycunnihy Church on the N71 (600 m). The carpark here is a good place to leave a second car.

Another option to extend the walk is to follow the path (Signposted) across the road from Derrycunnihy Church, known as the Mass Path, to Lord Brandon’s Cottage (Where refreshments are available during the summer months) and travel back to Ross Castle by boat (See Mass Path below).