Well worth the short walk from the carpark through the woods to view the waterfall. Plunging down from Torc mountain for over 18 metres the polished rocks are testament to the force of the water. Although I didn't go up, there is a trail that will take you up to the very top and a viewpoint over the fall.
There is a legend that says that a young man became bewitched by the devil to pass his nights as a wild boar roaming the forest. He was found out by a local farmer and burst into flame and plunged into the Devils Punchbowl lake creating a passage through which the waters fell, thus creating the waterfall. The legend is lent credence by "Torc" means "wild boar" in Gaelic.
We stopped at the Torc Waterfall on the way back from Ladies View on our way to jump into the anticlockwise tour of the Ring of Kerry. I hadn't seen the signs on the way over to Ladies View but I spotted it on the way back so we pulled into the parking lot and headed up the trail to see the waterfall, a 5 or 10 minute climb. After oohing and aahing at the waterfall, head up another flight of stone stairs for a nice look over the valley or if you have more time and energy you can also do one of several marked circular walking trails.
You will hear Torc Waterfall before you see it and when I was last there, just after torrential rains, the falls literally roared as they gushed and burst their way down the mountainside, pouring into pools and tumbling over giant boulders. The spray was everywhere.
The walk to the falls is a pleasant one, and even possible for those who find it difficult to walk. That saying, there are a number of different trekking paths marked out in degrees of difficulty. Choose the one that suits your ability.
The walk starts just off the main road and climbs upwards through the forest. Here it is leafy, mossy, and very green. It's about ten minutes to the first main level where you can look right up at the falls. From there there's a much steeper climb which I didn't take.
My advice is to wear wellington boots or snug warm footwear as it can be mucky and damp even on the driest day.
If you just want to see the waterfall you can simply walk up to it and take a picture but there's a nice trail going up the mountain. You won't get any better view of the waterfall from higher up though but the walk is lovely as it winds through the wooded Friar's Glen.
The waterfall is lovely as it falls 18m and flows to Muckross Lake.
This small but very picturesque waterfall is usually teeming with busloads of tourists. But if you're here early of late in the day (or the year, for that matter), you just might catch a serene moment alone here. Enjoy the little valley and you're on your way again!
Torc waterfall is a cute little waterfall in the Killarney National Park. While not big by any stretch of an imagination, it is nevertheless a very pretty place. Climb up the trail along it, or jump in the water at the base and cool off. You'll go by it if you're hiking the Kerry Way or you can get there by car, as the road passes nearby. Unfortunately, it can get pretty crowded there during the tourist season.
60 foot waterfall located in Killarney National Park. It's well worth climbing to the top if you are reasonably fit. It's very peaceful and pretty up there.