Walks in Killarney National Park
Killarney National Park is a haven for walkers of all ages and abilities. From 30 minute strolls to longer excursions in the mountains, there’s something for everyone.
A selection of walks in Killarney National Park
Distance: Approx 10km/6miles
This beautiful walk (or cycle) skirts Killarney’s Middle (Muckross) Lake. Park at Muckross House and walk down the long avenue directly in front of the house. At the end of the avenue, turn left. The path will lead you past the famous Colleen Bawn Rock and onto Brickeen Bridge, which separates Muckross Lake from Lough Léin, the largest of Killarney’s three lakes. Stroll onwards to Dinis Cottage where you can stop for a coffee and a snack in the summer months. Located just behind Dinis Cottage is the famous Old Weir Bridge and the Meeting of the Waters. A short walk from Dinis brings you onto the main Killarney Kenmare road. From here you will need to cross the road twice as you make your way towards the magnificent Torc Waterfall on your right. After the waterfall, cross the road yet again (via a small tunnel under the road) and head back toward Muckross House, passing the little beach of Dundag on the way.
Important: If cycling this route, it is obligatory to go in an anti-clockwise direction, as described above.
Ross Island Mining Trail
Distance: Approx 3km/1.85miles
When visitng Ross Castle, don’t forget to explore the Ross Island Mining Trail. Ross Castle is actually located on an island, a fact that’s hard to spot! The mining trail brings you into the fascinating 4,000 year old story of copper mining at Ross. In the early 1800’s over 500 people were employed here, the copper ore the mined being sent to the smelters in England.
Read the mining history of the area on a number of storyboards along the length of this 3km route. This history covers mining activity from 2,000 BC up to the 19th century when the mines were abandoned.
Important: Don’t venture off the path along this route as many old mining shafts still exist in the woodlands.
Distance: Approx 8km/5miles
Pass the entrance to Muckross House on the N71 Killarney-Kenmare road and take the next left (signposted Old Kenmare Road). This narrow road leads to the Upper Torc car park. From here, walk along the Old Kenmare Road, taking the small path up Torc mountain (on your right) after about 20 minutes. The mountain path consists of alternating rocky paths and sleepers. At the summit you will be treated to what is considered one of the finest views in Killarney. Return the same way.
Watch out for the following along the route:
- Red Deer
- The old field systems from Famine times
- Incredible views from the MacGillycuddy Reeks mountains to the Killarney Valley
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