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Killarney to Black Valley

Hiking trail · Ireland
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  • Torc Waterfall
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Map / Killarney to Black Valley
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The lively town of Killarney follow the famed Ring of Kerry road route, with impressive views across to the Purple Mountain, and MacGillycuddy’s Reeks beyond. 

moderate
24 km
6:45 h
414 m
348 m

Walk south from this popular tourist town, crossing the River Flesk, and walk a gravel road which you’ll share with horse-drawn jaunting cars! Skirt the edge of Castlelough Bay with wonderful views across Lough Leane to the Shehy Mountains as you hike towards the Victorian townhouse and gardens of Muckross House and then on to the foot of Torc waterfall.

Revel in the serenity of the wild moorland, oakwoods and lakes of Killarney National Park. Here you’ll also find Lord Brandon’s Cottage and a beautiful six-arch bridge which crosses the Gearhameen river, in the heart of Black Valley.

Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
288 m
Lowest point
18 m
Best time of year
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Tips, hints and links

This route is used in the following itineraries:

WISROK1

WISROK2

WISROK3

Start

Killarney (26 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
52.057321, -9.511054
UTM
29U 464960 5767536

Destination

Black Valley

Turn-by-turn directions

These maps and routes are designed to be used in conjunction with our traditional documentation. We have recently embarked on a conversion initiative to bring the two elements together, and this itinerary will be covered in due course.

In the meantime, using the two elements alongside each other should go a long way to ensure you have a safe, enjoyable and problem free day.

Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
24 km
Duration
6:45 h
Ascent
414 m
Descent
348 m

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Highest point
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Lowest point
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