This stage

Walk past Muckross House through Parklands and Forests to Torc Waterfall. From Torc with some ascent through Woodlands following an old road to Kenmare through Owengarriff River Valley.

Side option:
easy walk up to the Torc Mountain with nice views onto the lakes and surrounding mountains (allow 2 extra hours)
51.996770,-9.529853

Descend through Esknamucky Glen to Galway River, follow signs to Black Valley! Walk winds through woodlands and grasslands to Lord Brandon's Cottage on Upper Lake. From there follow track to Black Valley Village.

Distance to walk

~20 kms (depending on where you commence the walk) 4-6 hrs
Torc Falls

Where to stay in the Black Valley

Shamrock B&B Black Valley
Shamrock B&B Enjoy genuine Irish hospitality in a beautifully located Farmhouse in the Black Valley, only a short distance from the Gap of Dunloe and on the Kerry Way Walking Trail; evening meals and lunches available, free WiFi, Luggage transfer. Self catering available, prior booking recommended
51.986109 (51° 59' 9.99'' N)
-9.663892 (9° 39' 50.01'' W)

phone 066 66 34714 | website

Black Valley Hostel
The Black Valley Hostel caters for groups, families and the lone back packer and offers family rooms, room’s en-suite, luggage transfer for Kerry Way walkers and free Wi-Fi. There is a self-catering kitchen and BBQ for guests to use and a shop on the premises with basic supplies. Alternatively meals can be provided on request at a reasonable price
51.986601 -9.652442
phone 066 64 6634712 | website

What to do in the Black Valley

Climb on Purple Mountain with excellent viewing possibilities! Walk back through the Gap of Dunloe. (allow extra day, 10km, 5-6 hours moderate walking)
52.014084, -9.611125
purple Mountain

Walk to and through beautiful Gap of Dunloe (extra day recommended)
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Walk around Cummeenduff Lake
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Cummeenduff Lake