Monday, 27 November 2017

Torc and Muckross wood

On Sunday 26/11 the club set out for Killarney leaving town at 08.30 we headed for the car park out the Muckross road just after Torc waterfall. Our route today was up by Torc waterfall and up through Muckross wood on then onto the old Kenmare road.
With the Owengarriffe river to our right we ascended the steps which would lead us past the iconic Torc waterfall which is between 70 to 80 feet in height. The Owengarriffe river rises in the Devils Punchbowl. We continued past the waterfall. Looking back through the trees the lakes were visible as well as Muckross. Reaching the old Kenmare road we followed it past the Torc summit path to our right and with a snow covered Mangerton to our left we continued for a few kilometers along the Kerry Way. We were fortunate to spot some red deer on route.

These native animals blend in with the habitat. We were informed by a knowledgeable member that these were the female of the species.He had his way of knowing. After some time it was decided to retrace our Steps. We then turned left and came down through the forest and arrived back at the car park. The weather was brisk and excellent for walking conditions underfoot were good as it was mostly paths.

We then retired to the Killarney oaks hotel for refreshments and a chat about the day. another great day out. The club Christmas party is on on Saturday next. We wish Kanturk all the best in London on Saturday.

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