The Ring of Kerry
The Ring of Kerry
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This stage of the Kerry Way could be described as easy to moderate. Beginning at Flesk bridge on the N71 road to Kenmare walk along the jarveys trail on the right of the main road heading towards Kenmare (tarmacademed route used predominantly by jaunting cartsor horse and carriages). Take this path for approx 1.5km until you swing into the National Park home to Muckross Abbey and Muckross House and Gardens. There is a fee to tour the house, admission to the old Abbey and graveyard is free. Your destination is Torc Waterfall and all routes are well marked. On your right handside as you walk is Muckross Lake. Continue en-route for Torc Waterfall and cross the road via the tunnel under the road.

Next climb up past Torc Waterfall and on to the Old Kenmare Road. This is a favoured location for the local deer population and they are commonly seen here throughout the year. The vast majority of this stage of the walk is along an old road (hence the name) and is quite firm for the most part with the exception of a short boggy section which is boarded with old railway sleepers for easier walking.

Cross the road (main Killarney Kenmare rod N71) from the church and the trail starts to decline into a little oak forest. The walk continues below the road that leads to the upper lake. After you emerge from the forest you will see the MacGillycuddy Reeks ahead. Stop if you wish at Lord Brandon’s cottage for light refreshments (open summer only). After you leave Lord Brandon’s cottage cross the Gearhaneen river and head into the Black Valley. Your arrival at the church / hostel marks the end of this stage.

 

The Kerry Way Guide

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