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

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3 days ago

Beautiful walk

One of the best hikes I’ve ever done!

easy for most of the trail. some uneven rocky bits particularly at the beginning of the Derrycunnihy church to Torc section. lots of up and down. beautiful day, we did the two car method, drove to killarney left one car there, then on to kenmare and walked from there. needed lots of water to drink along the way, took just under 5 hours.

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!

2 months ago

Cool Walk.. lots of weather changes. Took us 3h45m..

hiking
2 months ago

OK, this is not a moderate hike. It’s over 4 hours of slippery rock and wet soggy ground conditions. I can not imagine anyone running on this trail! A local person told me it’s considered the hardest hike around here.
The views are amazing and this is still a recommended hike. Just be aware that it’s a tough one.

hiking
3 months ago

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

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful hike over well maintained trail system.

Beautiful forest and trails past the Torc Waterfall.

hiking
Wednesday, August 16, 2017

This trail is absolutely beautiful, especially for someone like me who's not used to seeing so much greenery. Once you get to the Torc Waterfall, which is about 5 minutes from the car park, you can choose 1 of 3 paths: blue, yellow, or red. I did most of the blue path, which is considered the "moderate" one, and takes about an hour. The red is hard and takes you all the way up Torc Mountain. For the blue trail, it's only a little steep from the waterfall until the paths split, then it's easy and gorgeous. It crosses over the road, so you can continue along Muckross Lake. Unfortunately, the weather was slightly rainy when I went, so I didn't get to see the amazing views that these trails are known for. But it's still gorgeous scenery and so peaceful.

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Thursday, August 03, 2017

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on Torc Moutain

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