Dingle Hillwalking Club

Hillwalker on a mountain ridge

Torc Mountain Loop

  • Grade: B – Moderate
  • Length: ? km
  • Duration: ? hours
  • Height gain: ? m

Start PointTorc LOWER Car Park, V966847 on N71, 5 miles from Killarney on left hand side

Route initially tracks level for 20 minutes, to reach the start of the infamous Torc Steps, locally known as Cardiac Steps. From here, the only way is up….all 800 Steps!!! Route then contours around the south face of Torc giving great views and then descends slowly till Kerry Way is joined. KW is followed for 20 min, until the ” boardwalk” that ascends the rear of Torc is reached. 

About half way up the boardwalk  route will break off to asend the rarely- visited Torc West Top 470m….

From here, the ridge will be followed until Torc summit 535m is reached. After this, the route will break off again to the unnamed Eastern peak of Torc also, rarely visited.

From here, descent will be due south to reconnect with the boardwalk and the KW to Torc upper car park and an easy descent to lower car park via the famous Torc Waterfall.

Terrain is about half on tracks, and half in mountain.