Old Kenmare Road

  • On the high hills - © William Mackesy
  • © William Mackesy
  • August colours - © William Mackesy
  • Looking down on the road from Torc mountain - © William Mackesy
  • In the forest - © William Mackesy
  • Above the tree line - © William Mackesy
  • Starting out up the Old Kenmare Road - © William Mackesy
  • © William Mackesy
  • © William Mackesy
  • Old Kenmare Road descent down Eskamuckny Glen  - © Graham Horn
  • © William Mackesy

Key information: Old Kenmare Road

  • One of Ireland’s loveliest track walks follows the old Killarney-Kenmare road across the hills south of the Killarney Lakes.
  • Fine views of hills and boggy moorland, and glimpses of the Killarney Lakes and MacGillycuddy’s Reeks.

Walkopedia rating

  • Walkopedia rating82
  • Beauty30
  • Natural interest15
  • Human interest8
  • Charisma31
  • Negative points2
  • Total rating82
  • Note: Likely bad weather.

Vital Statistics

  • Length: 8km-ish
  • Maximum Altitude: 250m-ish
  • Level of Difficulty: Moderate

This walk description page is at an early stage of development, and will be expanded over time. Your comments on this walk, your experiences and tips, and your photos are very welcome.

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August colours - © 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.

One of Ireland’s loveliest track walks is the stretch of the Kerry Way which follows the old Killarney-Kenmare road from just above the Torc waterfall across the hills south of the Killarney Lakes to the Derrychunihy church on the modern Kenmare road.

It is, we guess, 8km of fine old graded track, which climbs through mossy, ancient woods up to the high moorlands and hillsides, where it meanders its way behind Torc and Cromaglan mountains before dropping to the church.

Enjoy fine views of hills and boggy moorland, and glimpses of the Killarney Lakes and MacGillycuddy’s Reeks.

You will particularly enjoy narrow, wooded little Esknamucky Glen.

Climb Torc Mountain en passant if you are feeling energetic.

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.

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

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Your comments on this walk, your experiences and suggestions, and your photos are very welcome. Where appropriate, you will be credited for your contribution.

In the forest - © William Mackesy

Safety and problems: All walks have inherent risks and potential problems, and many of the walks featured on this website involve significant risks, dangers and problems. Problems of any sort can arise on any walk. This website does not purport to identify any (or all) actual or potential risks, dangers and problems that may relate to any particular walk.

Any person who is considering undertaking this walk should do careful research and make their own assessment of the risks, dangers and possible problems involved. They should also go to “Important information” for further important information.

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Above the tree line - © William Mackesy...
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