Torc Mountain

  • Looking north over Killarney lakes from Torc peak - © William Mackesy
  • Upper Lake and Reeks from Torc mountain - © William Mackesy
  • Upper Lake from Torc mountain - © William Mackesy
  • Old Kenmare Road to the south of Torc - © William Mackesy
  • Changing light - © William Mackesy
  • Duckboards on boggy stretch - © William Mackesy
  • Blowing a gale - © William Mackesy
  • Duckboards on boggy stretch 2 - © William Mackesy
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  • Looking north over Killarney lakes from Torc peak - © William Mackesy
  • Torc mountain from Muckross Lake - © William Mackesy
  • Upper Lake and Reeks from Torc mountain - © William Mackesy
  • Upper Lake from Torc mountain summit - © William Mackesy
  • Upper Lake, rain approaching - © William Mackesy

Key information: Torc Mountain

  • Torc Mountain dominates the southern side of Muckross Lake. It is a wonderful climb, with rich vegetation and magical views across the Upper Lake toward Macgillycuddy’s Reeks and, at peak, over Lough Leane and Muckross Lake.

Walkopedia rating

  • Walkopedia rating87
  • Beauty33
  • Natural interest15
  • Human interest8
  • Charisma33
  • Negative points2
  • Total rating87
  • Note: Likely bad weather.

Vital Statistics

  • Length: 2.5hrs
  • Maximum Altitude: 535m
  • Level of Difficulty: Moderate

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Upper Lake and Reeks from Torc mountain - © William Mackesy

WALK SUMMARY

Killarney NP lies around and to the south of the stunning Killarney Lakes and is huddled under the first mountains of western Kerry. The lakes are studded with islands, and, with their mountain backdrops, are ridiculously pretty.

Torc mountain dominates the southern side of Muckross Lake.

It is a wonderful climb, with rich gorse, heather and boggy vegetation and magical views across the Upper Lake to Macgillycuddy’s Reeks and, at the 535m peak, over Lough Leane and Muckross Lake.

Torc is accessibly from the old Kenmare road to the south. The path is sensitively maintained to protect the delicate boggy hillsides, with long stretches of heavy sleepers to walk on. 2.5 hours return from the roadhead.

The South-west gets a lot of rain and wind, plus cloud/fog and occasional winter snow on high ground. There is little shelter on the mountains, either from sun or rain. Be prepared, both mentally and with the right kit.

(The photos on this page were taken on a beautiful but hazy/stormy day. Imagine the views in clear light!)

See our Killarney NP and Iveragh Peninsula pages for more general and practical information and photos. 

WILLIAM MACKESY'S ACCOUNT
of this walk

Climbed in August 2017.

A magical climb, through beautiful flowering gorse and heather and delicate boggy vegetation.

The path is superbly constructed and maintained, and it is inherently an easy walk.

We climbed on an exquisite showery day of watery Turneresque light and fierce little rainstorms, during which we huddled with our backs to the pelting rain and ate lunch. The gale near the top had our youngest blown off the path.

The views throughout are really stunning. For most of the time you look back over the hills and moorland to the south, with a view over.....

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Old Kenmare Road to the south of Torc - © William Mackesy

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