Climb to Torc Mountain on this popular climb in the Killarney National Park.
The mountain gets its name from the Irish word 'torc', meaning boar, after an enchanted boar was killed there by the legendary hero, Fionn mac Cumhaill. The hike to the summit takes place on good, waymarked paths with wooden sleepers near the mountain top. As such it's a very popular route that will suit most abilities.
This walk starts from the car park on the N71, near the south eastern edge of Muckross Lake. You could also start from Killarney town and follow the long distance Kerry Way to the mountain.
The route begins by heading south from the car park, passing along the Owengarriff River and the beautiful Torc Waterfall. You continue through pleasant, riverside woodland before coming off the Kerry Way and turning north along a path to the summit. From the 535m (1,755 ft) high point there are wonderful views over County Kerry, the three Lakes of Killarney and the town of Killarney. It really is a stunning sight and well worth the climb.
After taking in the views the route then descends back to the car park on the same paths.
After your exercise you could head to Muckross House and enjoy some well earned refreshments at the cafe. There's also the option to stroll around the pretty parkland which includes a lovely walled garden.
To extend your walking in the area try the circular trail around Mucross Lake. You can pick this up from the same car park and enjoy waterside sections along Lough Leane and Doo Lough.