Killarney is the ideal base for exploring County Kerry, a rugged and beautiful corner of southwest Ireland. Check out our 3-day itinerary that incorporates visits to three of the county’s scenic highlights: the Dingle Peninsula, the Ring of Kerry, and Killarney National Park.
Rossnahowgarry, Killarney, Ireland
The Torc Waterfall is approximately 70 feet (20 meters) high and cascades down a series of boulders, turning part-way down the slope as it falls. A short, 650-foot (200-meter) walk takes you to a viewing platform for the waterfall; continue up the path, and you’ll reach a second platform with views of Muckross Lake.
You can see the waterfall while driving the Ring of Kerry (a scenic drive around the Iveragh Peninsula) or exploring Killarney National Park. Many tours of the region include stops at the falls along with other notable sights.
Things to Know Before You Go
There is no admission fee to see Torc Waterfall.
The waterfall is at its most dramatic after rainy weather.
The gravel path that leads to the Torc Waterfall is wheelchair and stroller accessible, but you have to climb stone steps to reach the higher scenic viewpoint.
How to Get There
Torc Waterfall is located about four miles from Killarney. To reach the waterfall, take the N71 road through the park; there is a free parking lot near the waterfall, just south of Muckross House. You can also reach the falls while hiking along the Kerry Way or the (much shorter) Muckross Lake Loop. Alternatively, visit on a tour of the region that includes transportation.
When to Get There
Summer is the most popular time of year to visit County Kerry and Killarney National Park. For a more peaceful visit, visit during late spring or early fall. To avoid crowds at any time, visit the falls in the morning or toward evening.
Walking the Kerry Way
The Torc Waterfall is one of the many sights on the Kerry Way, a walking route that stretches for about 125 miles through County Kerry’s beautiful landscapes. This is one of Ireland’s longest and most popular signposted walking trails and takes eight days or longer to complete. The route follows small roads, abandoned coach roads, and well-trodden paths, and hikers can stay in local towns, farmhouses, and a variety of hotels along the way.
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