With Killarney National Park covering over 26,000 acres, it can seem daunting to try and plan a visit here, but seeing Torc Waterfall is super easy and worth making the stop!
The waterfall here is 66 feet high and has an elevation of 110ft. The water flows in from the Owengarriff River, which drains nearby from the Devil’s Punchbowl at Mangerton Mountain.
Visiting the waterfall is free and the hiking around is relatively flat, so this activity is great for almost everyone.
The best time to visit is right after a rain when the water is flowing hardest, but in Ireland, that’s all the time.
The easiest way to see the Torc Waterfall would be to drive. There are bus tours that do stop here, but if you can swing it, then drive yourself!
The waterfall can easily be found off Road N71. Parking directly at the waterfall is limited to a couple of spots, so in the picture above I have highlighted the better lot to park in.
Road N71 is a really busy road so be careful! From that parking lot above, follow the path until you reach a pedestrian tunnel to cross. Attempting to cross or walk along the road is dangerous for not only the hiker, but also the drivers.
After you cross through the pedestrian tunnel keep along the same path for another 5 minutes and you’ll be at the falls.
Around the Area
Located within the same area are also hiking and biking trails that you can check out. We walked down from the parking lot to the lake below and got some great photos!
Plan to spend about anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours exploring the falls. Make sure to leave time to check out the other areas in Killarney National Park though too!
Located just 5-10 minutes away from Torc Waterfall is Muckross Mansion. This 29th-century mansion is largely considered by most as the main focal point of the park and from the pictures, we can understand why! Unfortunately, we weren’t able to visit, but make sure to add it to your next trip!
Conveniently located along the Ring of Kerry road N71, the Torc Waterfall is a must-see when touring the Kerry region of Ireland.
Have you visited here before? Leave your comments below on what you think!