Torc Waterfall: History, facts, & visit info

If you’re planning a visit to Killarney, County Kerry, don’t forget about Torc Waterfall in Killarney.

Torc Waterfall: History, facts, & visit info.
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A trip to “The Kingdom” County Kerry is incomplete without visiting Killarney and the incredible Killarney National Park.

With so much to see and do in the area, Torc Waterfall is one of the most visit-worthy spots along the Kerry Way and the Ring of Kerry.

So, if you’re planning a visit, take a look at our top tips for visiting and fun facts about the area.

Ireland Before You Die’s top tips for visiting Torc Waterfall:

  • We recommend parking at Muckross House to begin the walk.
  • The walk is 4.5 km (2.8 miles) in length and will take you along paved lanes and earthen footpaths through the woods to the falls. Allow around two hours all in for the walk from Muckross House.
  • Terrain can be quite slippery along the way, especially when it rains. Be sure to wear proper hiking boots and waterproof clothing.
  • The waterfall looks most impressive after heavy rainfall, but always be extra careful when visiting in heavy rain.
  • You can park at Muckross House or Upper Torc Carpark to access the waterfall. One scenic way to visit is cycling from Killarney Town.
  • Torc Waterfall is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Ireland you can swim in. Make the most of swimming at this spot, but be prepared for the freezing temperatures!
  • Admission is free.

IB4UD’s fun facts about Torc Waterfall:

  • The word Torc comes from the Irish translation of “wild boar”. According to legend, these were said to once be common in the area.
  • One story in Irish mythology follows Fionn MacCumhaill as he kills a magical boar on Torc Mountain with his golden spear.
  • According to another legend, the waterfall was created by a man who was cursed by the Devil to spend each night as a wild boar.
  • It has an approximate drop of 20 m (65 ft) and drains from the Devil’s Punchbowl corrie lake at Mangerton Mountain.

What’s nearby

Food: Muckross Garden Restaurant, Yew Tree Restaurant (fine dining), Golgans (pub grub).

Drink: Danny Mann Pub, Colgans, O’Donoghue Public House, Buckley’s Bar.

Other attractions: Muckross House, Muckross Abbey, Killarney National Park, Ross Castle, Cormacs Haggard.

Your questions answered about Torc Waterfall

How long does it take to do the Torc Waterfall?

There are several different routes you can take to visit Torc Waterfall, ranging from moderate in difficulty to more advanced routes.

In general, you should allow around two hours to walk from Muckross House. This includes extra time for relaxing and exploring.

Is Torc Waterfall worth it?

Torc Waterfall is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the country, so it’s absolutely worth visiting. This waterfall is shrouded in beauty and intrigue, especially thanks to the Irish mythology linked to it.

Why is Torc Waterfall famous?

Torc Waterfall is famous for being one of the most impressive waterfalls in Ireland. Plus, the myth of the man cursed by the Devil is a famous tale around Ireland.

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