Torc Waterfall, Killarney

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A convenient place to start your exploration of Ireland's oldest national park, Torc Waterfall offers panoramic views of the region's three interlinked lakes. You can reach the base of the waterfall via a short trail through a densely wooded area, covered in moss and known for attracting herds of native red deer. This waterfall is an important natural landmark on one of the country's major long-distance walks, a 214 km (133 mi) long circular trail that begins and ends in the nearby town of Killarney. You can access this popular trail by ascending a series of steps just to the left of the waterfall. To see the fall at its full glory, visit after a heavy rain. Put Torc Waterfall into our Killarney road trip site to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Killarney.
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  • Not really special. Maybe I've seen too much to this small waterfall nice find. Fortunately we reason along and I have been close to for need to run.
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  • Stunning waterfall. Bit of a trek up and down but well worth it. Scenery along tbe way was unreal. Took loads of great family pics.  more »
  • This very cool... It is very accessible is barely 200 metres from the car park. The forest that surrounds it is simply spectacular
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  • This is just a gorgeous area and the waterfall is great. You can get some fantastic photos. The parking is great and the walk isnt too steep to the waterfall. Once you check out the waterfall, there is a hiking trail up the stairs and is very steep. Be ready for a workout if you take that path. The views and the bridge at the top can be worth it.
  • Hard to locate the main waterfall as you can hear a couple of them. So we didn’t find the main one but we climbed down some steep trail and found ourselves in a nice peaceful spot! There’s also a bridge over a small waterfall that is beautiful. Wouldn’t recommend going down a tiny trail because it might not even be one!
  • Nice area, several hiking loops of various lengths and difficulties. The lower entrance is very close to the large waterfall. The upper entrance is closer to the smaller waterfall, which is about a 20-30 minute hike down with steps to the lower one (or 2 hours with a 3-yr old who insists on walking and picking up every rock, stick and pinecone).
  • One of my favorite memories of Killarney National Park. The sound of the rushing creek below the falls as well as the roar of the falls itself are burned into my memory. Really easy approach - not far from the public parking area. Must see.
  • Beautiful waterfall and well worth the short, 5 minute hike up to it. The base has bathrooms and a small parking lot. If you're driving to it via the Ring of Kerry, and you go straight from Killarney to the waterfall, I'd advise going in the morning, otherwise you'll have difficulty finding a parking space.

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Where to stay in Killarney

Travelers visit Killarney for the national park surrounding it, and there are plenty of places to stay in town that capitalize on the natural beauty of the valley setting. Because of its popularity, Killarney has more hotel beds than any other town or city in Ireland other than Dublin. Stay at a hotel or hostel in the town's center near the bustling corner of Main Street and East Avenue Road, or find a place along the side streets off Main Street for easy access to tourist shops, local pubs, and restaurants. There are plenty of affordable bed and breakfasts or guesthouses just within walking distance from the center, or you can stay outside of town at a scenic farmhouse or luxurious resort.
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