Torc Mountain from the waterfall carpark – 14 April 2024







A moderately challenging walk from Torc waterfall car park up to the top of Torc mountain close to the Killarney National Park. 535 M ascent.

This is a moderately challenging walk with an early steepish ascent up past the spectacular Torc waterfall. At this point we take a left turn on to rough track, then on to board walks which eventually give way to peat covered tussocks and stony tracks. The view to the Upper Lake to the south begins to open up and the ‘shoulders’ of Torc are beneath. As we take the last few steps to the summit, a wonderful vista opens up. A superb view of Killarney’s three lakes, the McGillycuddy Reeks and the Killarney valley beneath you. The Dingle peninsula stretches out to the west, and to the north the land rises gently beyond Killarney town. If we are lucky we may spot a few Red Deer that live in the National Park.

The plan is to leave a car at Derrycunnihey church as we drive down to the start from Molls Gap on the N71 and this gives us the option on the walk back down to cut off from the route back to the car park and finish at Derrycunnihey Church.

Torc Mountain gets its name from the Irish word “torc” meaning boar and is steeped in Irish Mythology.  It is said that an enchanted boar was killed there by the legendary hero, Fionn mac Cumhaill (Finn McCool), the mythical hunter-warrior of Irish mythology who led the Fianna warriors in the 3rd century.

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With all advertised walks please bear in mind that these can change at short notice due to weather and other unforeseen circumstances. Meeting point for these walks (unless otherwise noted) is outside Dan Murphy’s Bar in Sneem at 10AM. Please ensure that you are registered on the Sneem Walking Club’s Whatsapp Group for updates. Please note that dogs are not allowed on our walks, as we walk on privately owned land with the kind permission of the owners / farmers.

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