Torc

Huntsman’s Hill (Red Trail)

Grade:             Strenuous

Distance:         3.5 km

Time:               2 hours

Ascent:            245 m

Locals start from the small car park on the N71, 400m past the main Torc Waterfall car park on the right. Cross the road (Beware of traffic) and follow the trail to the right. Continue along this rolling pathway for about 5 minutes and watch out for the sign on the left, which marks the start of the steep rock steps.

Alternatively, a little drive further along the N71 is the Dinis carpark. Walk across the N71 and follow the walking trail for 1 minute and take the trail on the right up the steep rock stairway.

Warning: the Torc steps are not for the faint hearted and will have your heart racing in no time. Also, the surface is very rough, uneven and sometimes muddy.

It is a loop walk, which goes up the steep steps, contours Torc Mountain east, then descends and parallels the N71 back to both carparks.

Torc Loop (Yellow Trail)

Grade:             Moderate

Distance:         1.5 km

Time:               40 minutes

Ascent:            245 m

From Killarney on the N71 to Kenmare, take first turn left 400m after main entrance to Muckross House, follow for approximately 1.7 km to the Upper Torc Carpark. Alternatively, if you continue on the N71 you’ll come to the Torc Waterfall carpark.

From Torc Waterfall carpark, follow the yellow arrows and signs up to Torc Waterfall. After enjoying the ambiance, continue up the steps past the falls until you come to a T-junction. Turn right and cross the bridge over the Owengarriff River, just above the falls. Follow the trail up and turn right. This descends for some distance, before you have to cross the N71 to a small carpark. Continue beyond the carpark and follow the trail right back to the Torc Waterfall carpark, all the while following the yellow arrows marking this trail.

Torc Loop (Blue Trail)

Grade:             Moderate

Distance:         2.5 km

Time:               1 hour

Ascent:            245 m

From Torc Waterfall carpark, follow the blue arrows and signs up to the waterfall. After enjoying the ambience, continue up the steps past the falls until you come to a T-junction. Turn left and continue up and then right passing the Upper Torc carpark. Pass through the barrier, cross the bridge and turn right. This descends for some distance, before you have to cross the N71 to a small carpark. Continue through the carpark and follow the trail right back to the Torc Waterfall carpark, all the while following the blue arrows marking this trail.

Torc Mountain

Grade:             Very Difficult

Distance:         7.5 km

Time:               2 hours

Elevation:        535m

From Killarney on the N71 to Kenmare, take first left 400m after main entrance to Muckross House, follow for approximately 1.7 km to Upper Torc Carpark. Alternatively, if you continue on the N71 you’ll come to the Torc Waterfall carpark.

This is a very popular and scenic walking route to the summit of Torc Mountain (535m) with spectacular views of the Killarney National Park and the McGillicuddy’s Reeks. It is for walkers of reasonable fitness only and consists of woodland trails, boardwalk, stone steps, with occasional muddy, rocky and uneven ground in parts.

Turn left on leaving the carpark and follow the Old Kenmare Road, through the barrier, over the bridge, turn left at the junction. A short distance after the path leaves the woodland, you will see a sign for the Torc Mountain path on your right that takes you to the summit.