Killarney National Park
Ross Castle to Lord Brandon's Cottage by boat and hike on to Torc Waterfall
Route: We begin by taking a boat and setting sail from the 15th century Ross Castle. The boat takes us out on to the first lake and where we have a short stop off on Inishaffen Island once home to the 6th century monastery, where the high King of Ireland, Brian Boru studied. We then continue up through the 3 lakes taking in the Meeting of the Lakes, and taking in the incredible scenery on offer. We alight at Lord Brandon’s Cottage where we can available of light refreshments at the cafe. We then walk along the lake and through an ancient oak forest, one of the finest oak woods in all of Irealnd and home to one of the rarest species of ferns in Ireland, arriving at Derrycunnihy Church at Galway’s Bridge. From here we walk along a section of the Old Kenmare Road to Torc Waterfall, Ireland’s best known cascade (aside from Wicklow’s Powerscourt). Stunning views on route of The MacGillycuddy Reeks, Mangerton and Torc mountains. We have an option for a dip too under Cores Cascade falls, a delightful little waterfall with a perfect spot in front for a picnic.
Duration: 6 – 7 hours
Grade/Pace: Moderate grade at an easy pace
Distance: approx. 14 km walking – 8km on board boat
Gear: Hiking boots or a good walking shoe, waterproof jacket.
History: Part of our route is on the Old Kenmare Road, dating back to the 1700s when the demand for rich Irish butter soared and many local farming families, living here, brought their butter to Killarney which was then exported from Cork to The West Indies and Australia. If you are ever to meet any of “The Little Folke” it’ll be in the magical woods we pass through.