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Mangerton Area   NW: Torc Subarea
Place count in area: 28, OSI/LPS Maps: 78, 79, EW-KNP, EW-R 
Highest place:
Mangerton, 838.2m
Maximum height for area: 838.2 metres,     Maximum prominence for area: 583.2 metres,

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Torc Mountain Mountain Sliabh Torc A name in Irish (Ir. Sliabh Torc [OG*], 'mountain of wild boar') Kerry County in Munster Province, in Arderin List, Green sandstone & purple siltstone Bedrock

Height: 534.8m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 78 Grid Reference: V95577 83931
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Longitude: -9.521116, Latitude: 51.99812 , Easting: 95577, Northing: 83932 Prominence: 300m,  Isolation: 0.6km
ITM: 495550 583991,   GPS IDs, 6 char: TrcMnt, 10 char: TrcMntn
Bedrock type: Green sandstone & purple siltstone, (Glenflesk Chloritic Sandstone Formation)

The name of Torc Mountain, like Mount Eagle and the Wolf's Step on the Dingle Peninsula, reminds us of a wild animal once common in the forests of Ireland. Wild boar is significant in Celtic mythology, being depicted on Celtic artefacts found in continental Europe, Ireland and Britain. It represents physical strength and heroic fighting skills.   Torc Mountain is the 461st highest place in Ireland. Torc Mountain is the most northerly summit in the Mangerton area.

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Picture: Torc and its west top from Cores mountain
Iconic Killarney peak - the gateway to wilder terrain.
Short Summary created by markmjcampion, Colin Murphy, jackill  6 Mar 2021
Given its proximity to Killarney and the well-defined track, Torc is an extremely popular walk with locals and tourists alike. it's a stand-alone peak and thus there are great views over Kilarney and its lakes as well as the Purple Mountain group, the Dunkerrons, some of the Reeks and the remote countryside to the south of Mangerton.
NE. Park either in the upper car park at V96686 84235 starA where there is room for many cars or at the base of Torc Waterfall where you ca add a very pleasant 15 min to you route adjacent to the Owengarriff River. Head SW along the scenic Old Kenmare Road, turning off the road at approximately V95830 82990 starB where a sign leads you onto a well-defined stone track interspersed with lengthy areas of boardwalk which makes the going easy, Car to summit takes a leisurely 90 minutes.
SW Start from the N71 at approx. V93519 83441 starC C, parking at the spacious car park about 500m north of here. Walk through the small strip of beautiful, native forestry and head for the obvious SW ridge of Torc West Top. It'sbest walked before the summer growth and can still be a bit rough in places but there's enough islands of amenable rock to make it easily do-able. Allow 2 hours to the summit.
Noteworthy tracks include track/2541 and track/4097 although there is only a defined trail on the latter as far as the summit of Torc. Linkback: Picture about mountain Torc Mountain (<i>Sliabh Torc</i>) in area Mangerton, Ireland
Picture: Torc Path
beckett on Torc Mountain, 2007
by beckett  10 Apr 2007
I climbed Torc with the family on the last Saturday in March. I Started at the lower car park and ascended via the waterfall to the upper car park. As you leave the upper car park you proceed southwest, crossing a bridge over the Owengarrif River before joining the Old Kenmare road. The Old Kenmare road opens out into some beautiful countryside with Torc emerging on your right and Mangerton slowly rising in the distance to your left. The river runs by the road for a distance and provides a wonderful soothing sound track to the early part of the walk. After a kilometre on this road you meet a track turning up towards the western side of Torc Mountain. The track is a mix of flat rock and railway sleepers. The sleepers are laid end to end and covered with wire mesh. The path follows the contours and winds its way up gently, stopping at two viewing platforms (offering some respite for the weary) on the way to the summit. It makes for very comfortable walking, my seven year old daughter bounded along from sleeper to sleeper. She had watched recent BBC4 series on Wainwright and the Lakeland Fells a few weeks earlier with me, promising that she would accompany me on my next walk. On the day a heat haze obscured much of the promise the view from the summit could offer, but the impressive outline of Mangerton, the lakes and the shimmering Reeks in the distance suggested that on a clearer day this would be a worthy return for such a small investment in effort. Linkback:
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Picture: Eagle's nest and The Long Range from a perilous perch on Torc West
the path less trodden
by markmjcampion  6 Mar 2021
There's a nice but intermittently rough ridge walk to be had if you start from the N71 at approx. V93519 83441 starC. Park at the spacious car park about 500m north of here.
After the roadwalk cut into the sparse's full of old, natural trees and is particularly enchanting. I recommend resisting walking into the forest when you reach it - much better to walk further down the road and then double back through the trees for a sublime and rare treat.
Tear yourself away from the forest after a while and aim for the ridge at approx. V94102 83434 starD and enjoy a great walk up to Torc West Top. The going is sometime rough but in the main it's possible to pick out long stretches of sandstone that are either easy to walk on or fun to scramble on.
The going as you get closer to West Top isn't as nice but it's easily manageable. Be careful in mist as there are some false tops and some very steep ground to the NW. From West Top to Torc there's a steepish descent followed by a less steep ascent on rough ground.
To get back to your car, follow the regular route down to the Old Kenmare Route turn left when you get there and follow wide trails back to the car park at Dinis. From here it's a roadwalk of a little over 2k back to the car...beware though, it's a busy road when the tourists are in town so it's much better if you can do a car or bike split. Linkback:
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zet on Torc Mountain, 2008
by zet  5 May 2008
C'est une montagne que j'ai grimpée en 2004, avec mon conjoint. Nous avons adoré la vue qui s'est offerte à nous rendus au sommet. Le parcours était bien, pas trop dur. Une bonne partie du parcours se fait sur un trottoir de bois. C'était une très belle ballade ! La photo nous montre une belle une vue spectaculaire et une évasion parfaite ! Linkback:
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Picture: Black valley from Torc
cemalina on Torc Mountain, 2006
by cemalina  1 Jul 2006
Torc mountain is a nice gentle climb, grand for summer evenings. If you love photography give the summit at least 30
mins. Bring as wide a lens as you can. The shots can be spectacular Linkback:
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Picture: Mucross House from Torc
johnvbrennan on Torc Mountain, 2005
by johnvbrennan  6 May 2005
Photo here shows the view of Mucross House in Killarney National Park from the top of Torc. Lake in the photo is Loch Leane. Linkback:
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