Explore the most popular forest trails in Ireland with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Great hike with lovely views. We went clockwise and loved the views, easy enough with a couple of tough spots.
Highly recommended.

very steep at start up from car park but easy walk for next t
wo thirds and final third again steep but now down hill... not a place for buggies or people with poor mobility

One of the best hikes I’ve ever done!

trail running
29 days ago

Panoramic views from the top, with waterfalls & occasional deer to view on the way up. Straightforward to cut it to a less intense approx 9km circular loop by cutting out the final trek to the top if the gradient gets too steep (just continue past the left turn that brings you towards the summit and you'll loop back to your starting point).

Really beautiful place to spend most of the day.

Nice walk through the forest.

hiking
1 month ago

This hike was incredible.

The trails are confusing, so hopefully I can help a bit. The trail shown on the above map is if you walk from the town if Killarney. If you drive to the upper lot of the falls, you have a few options.
Torc Mountain Waterfall has 3 main routes.
Yellow (easy/shortest)
Blue (moderate)
Red (longest and most difficult)
I did the red, which also includes part of the yellow and blue.
Red is a 3 mile loop that took me about and hour and 20 minutes (with photo stops). It is a big downhill potion towards the lake, then you follow the lake for a bit, then you hit the locally named “Cardiac Steps”. It is about 1 mile of straight up, switchback, rock staircase. I am from Colorado, USA and these are steep. Many steps were at knee height.
After that you follow the ridge back to the car lot. Incredible views (I could not have asked for a clearer day) shady most of the way, and absolutely breathtaking.
One of the most beautiful hikes I’ve ever done. Unfortunately you cannot summit from here, you have to do the Torc Mountain trail for that, but you get plenty high!

walking
1 month ago

Nice walk up, great views at the top. The signage could be much better getting there. Very hard to find without gps. Can imagine how pretty it would be if it had just rained because there are several water falls along the trek.

Lovely walk today, the longest day of the year. Sun was shining. All fire roads. Nice pull up for the first half. Good views of Keeper Hill.

Lovely views , went up with a 2 year old , well worth a hike

There are some nice views looking up Benbulben and of the countryside. The trail runs around the outside of the wood and finishes by running through a logged out area. The smaller loop through the forest is still a wide gravel road; personally I would rather walk in the forest with some trail blazes and do without the manicured trail. It's not a wilderness hike but would be a good spot for a morning jog.

1) Don't be put off by the distance, there are many paths in the park and you could do 1km or 20km without much doubling back. We walked through the beech grove to the loop around Bonaveen point which was about 7km.

2) This is a perfect opportunity to stretch your legs on the road from Dublin to Galway. I highly recommend it. There is a field around the car park to play with the kids. Peaceful walks around the park are abundant as well if you need to get away. We saw 2 other parties over 2 hours of walking on a Sunday afternoon.

3) I would rate the walk easy. There is not much change in elevation and the paths are all paved with gravel or asphalt; there is little danger of losing your way. If you are looking for the authentic wilderness experience though, look elsewhere.

4) The toilets at the trail head needed some maintenance at the time I was there.

Lovely scenic walk, easy trail.

came here to bike but singn in fron of car park showing not allowed to mountain bike. so i just walked. it is easy walk

Fun. The board tracks take time getting used to but they are necessary for wet conditions I’m sure

hiking
2 months ago

Lovely route, would recommend starting early as there is limited shade near the top.

hiking
2 months ago

Challenging trail but completely do able. Views from the top are the best reward. Will do again.

hiking
2 months ago

Well marked trails for shorter and longer routes. A steep hike can be done from car park to straight up to the top as well.

Amazing hike! loved it!

hiking
3 months ago

Absolutely beautiful waterfall! It was a quick and easy walk from the parking lot.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice trail, watch out for the scrambler bikes as there were lots of them.

Beautiful and easy hike The structures were really nice. We started by heading to the left first up the steeper hill. Then followed the trail down to the next towers and bridge. Beautiful little waterfall and a picnic table. Can be done in about 30 minutes but we spent over an hour there. Perfect for families or to bring a dog

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful hike over well maintained trail system.

Very close to Dublin city. If you’re looking for a short walk close do Dublin, this place is perfect.

Completion took around 2.5 hours at a moderate pace, but plan for 3hrs min. Gorgeous views and beautiful tree-lined tracks. Walked just after Storm Emma and the snow capped mountains were stunning.

Absolutely stunning

It’s a great hike. We went when I was snowy so it was quite icy. We went clockwise and I am happy we did the stairs first. It’s a beautiful view and it took us about 3:30 because of the wind, ice and snow.

9 months ago

Nice and easy walk

Awesome hike! Perfect to see the many different aspect of Ireland's natural habitat. You'll start out going through a paved/gravel path through the mossy woods that takes you around to a mountain side trail with great views of the ocean/city. Don't forget to stop off at some of the burial sites along the way, especially the Ballyedmonduff Wedge Tomb. In order to get there you need to go off the loop trail and down the mountain a ways, but it's worth it when you get there. Lastly, when you get to the Fairy Castle peak, even the most skeptical of hikers would be satisfied. Following this rolling green mountain ridge is everything that people want to see in an Ireland hike. We got lucky while up there and had some fog roll in creating a really awesome and eerie environment. The hike took us about 6 hours, but could be done in 4-5 if you're an experienced hiker. We usually like to keep it casual and take in the views. Be sure to finish the hike before sundown. The last portion is on a really tight and windy road that's not well catered to hikers. Safety first! Cheers!

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