Kerry is a magical land, full of beautiful landscapes, impressive mountains and outstanding sightseeing opportunities. For the nature lover, it offers more to experience than can be reasonably be covered in one trip. There are lakes, moors, mountains (including the highest in Ireland, Carrauntoohil, which stands at over 3400 feet high), rivers and of course the rugged but utterly beautiful coastline. There are peninsulas, wide sweeping sandy beaches, hidden coves, majestic headlands and bone-chilling sheer cliffs all just waiting to be discovered by the intrepid traveller.
Torc Waterfall: A Natural Wonder
One such jewel among this treasure of natural wonders is the stunning Torc waterfall, which you will find on the lands of Muckross House. The waterfall is about 5 miles from the town of Killarney and 1.5 miles from the entrance to the grounds of Muckross House itself. Once inside the parkland you can walk, cycle or hire a local horse and trap (these can be hired within the Killarney National Park) to take you through the wooded grounds to the base of the falls. All the way you will be surrounded by the beautiful sights and sounds of nature – woodland creatures, birds and the freshest of air will accompany you on your way to the Torc waterfall.
Like all waterfalls, Torc is always well worth visiting but especially so after heavy rains – and you are in luck as Ireland certainly has no shortage of rain! The waterfall itself is about 75 feet high and is fed by the delightful Owengarriff river. The Owengarriff river rises in “The Devil’s Punchbowl”, a lake that formed after the glaciers of the last ice-age retreated from Mangerton mountain.
For a really good view of the Killarney lakes try climbing a little further up past the Torc waterfall. For anyone feeling even more adventuours, the waterfall is just one of the landmarks on the 200 kilometre Kerry Way. Head off down the trail for the chance to see some native Red deer and more incredible views.