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Beautiful easy walk with breathtaking views!

Short trail but the waterfall is beautiful!

hiking
16 days ago

just did the hike. Will agree with the others, the end was definitely challenging. Make sure you have on proper sneakers with a good grip as the rocks are slippery. Well worth the view though, took about 2.5 hours in total

Great hike. Close to four hours to finish. Moderate to difficult

Easy trail with spectacular views! Lots of sheep poo too

I did the blue walking loop , fairly easy small up and down but nice stroll through the woodlands

Loved the hike! The scrambling up the rocks are not too extreme although you should be in decent shape/athletic. The day started off clear with blue skies and it was beautiful. At the peak the clouds had rolled in. We hiked up the scramble rocks, made it to the peak, and on the decent we walked down a little ways, walked along the ridge (pretty narrow) and down the switchback. I recommend this as your plan. Great beautiful hike!!

Beautiful hike and really worth it! Views over the Killarney lakes from the top are amazing.

If you are a good hiker and used to going up mountains/volcanoes, this hike is fairly easy. A lot of loose rocks, so better not to do it in wet weather and better to do it with trekking poles, but nothing that feels like a strong workout.
And I’d say, taking your time, being careful with the terrain and with good gear, really accessible to all sorts of hikers.

would call it more moderate-hard due to several difficult stone sections with difficult footing.

views from the top and even on the way up are very good in good weather

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike! My boyfriend and I did the entire thing in about 3.5 hours. We went up the chute and down the switchbacks considering it was very stormy throughout the entire hike. If you are a strong hiker you won't need poles and it is a very laid back approach and you will want your hands for the chute. For the chute, we didn't encounter anything that appeared treacherous though I can see people getting in trouble if they aren't wearing enough layers as it got really cold especially as we approached the top. A good rain jacket, rain pants, and gloves are what I would recommend above everything else.

Amazing hike. I did this hike with my boyfriend, both of us are quite serious outdoorsy people and love Ireland (he's from IE) so this was a great trip for the two of us. Whole thing took about 4 hours, we went during a hurricane last October, it was stormy but dry on ascent, just before summit it started pouring and didn't stop for the duration. Be prepared to scramble, climb and get soaked.

Rain wear, hiking boots and hiking poles are advised.

A really nice hike that is mixed between Road & Track. As a family we have done this dozens of times. Plenty of rest/picnic areas. Now it’s tough in parts but all in all a nice few hours out. Beautiful scenery of Dingle, Rossbeigh, Glenbeigh & Glencar. Aged 6plus for tired legs. Not a busy route either! Enjoy this

Beautiful views of waterfall and wildlife.

hiking
2 months ago

Easy hike with spectacular scenery.

Great walk. Worth it for the view. Amazing vista of Killarney and the lakes from the top. Very doable. Take your time. it will pay off at the top.

Blue trail, 12km, easy to moderate loop walk.

First part of the trail is no longer a forest path. Instead, you'll be walking over the wind farm access roads for the first 4 kilometers.
Keep following these until you reach the bridge at the source of the river Blackwater. (there are no trail markings here)
Once across the bridge, take the first right to leave the wind farm road and follow the blue markers downhill over a forestry track.
Look out for a sign telling you to go right, off the forestry track, straight into the forest.
This bit can be challenging in rainy weather as the path is overgrown and the ground can get very marshy.
Go left at the first abandoned cottage.
After a while you'll get back on the forestry path, follow it down to the asphalt road, cross the Doctor's Hill bridge, and leave the main road again to your right after about two hundred after the bridge.
Probably a nice walk in good weather, interesting enough in bad weather once you are past the wind farm bit.
Views can be nice, but often there will be either windmills or deforestation in your field of view.
The shorter green walk will only lead you through the forests and fields and keeps you away from the plant a bit more.

Absolutely breathtaking, not too difficult! Should be at the top of everyone's bucket list, so much to do and see around Killarney aswell

Great views if you’re lucky with weather. Took us four hours. Rescue helicopter came and pulled someone off of mountain while we were finishing.

walking
2 months ago

Amazing views. Great for kids. The last 1/8 mile is on a busy road though.

walking
2 months ago

Beautiful walk

Ahhhh, the faeries, no doubt!

Was a very pleasant walk. Nothing hard, just a stroll. Fantastic views of the coastline.

We were a bit nervous as we left Cronin's yard because of all the warning signs and memorials at the trail head. But I'm glad that we marched on as it was a great 6hr hike with epic views. We recommend going up the devil's ladder but going down the zig zag for a safer route back down. Be sure to watch your steps as people trip and fall regularly. As we hiked up the ladder, we came across a woman who had trip going down from the summit and looked pretty scratched up... Just be careful and check the weather before heading to make sure you don't get caught in rain, fog or high winds. It can get very slippery since most of the hike is on rocks. Unless you're expecienced, we wouldn't recommend doing it in the winter or in bad weather. Besides, you'll miss all the stunning scenery!

One of the best hikes I’ve ever done!

Tough trail. You'll want to be confident in your hand and foot work for this trail. Ideally, wait for the weather to turn clear on the mountain - we went on a cloudy day and it was all wet above Devil's ladder.

The ladder isn't especially difficult for a seasoned scrambler, but it's high consequence due to the exposure, and can easily become soaked in rainy or cloudy conditions. Be very careful and choose your descent path on the ladder well.

Pack or wear a rain jacket and a lunch for the summit, since you'll want to leave early. Dogs not welcome on this trail.

Beautiful views and very close to wildlife. We didn’t see anyone else along our hike, despite a lot of tourists being in the area.

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
4 months 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!

5 months ago

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

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