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Carrauntoohil Mountain Corrán Tuathail A name in Irish
(Ir. Corrán Tuathail [GE], 'Tuathal's sickle' [OSNB]) County Highpoint of Kerry, in County Highpoint, Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish Highest Hundred, Irish 900s Lists, Purple sandstone & siltstone Bedrock

Height: 1038.6m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 78 Grid Reference: V80363 84421 This summit has been logged as climbed by 1553 members. Recently by: jcincork, HeartTrek, hawkeye.john62, breathp, Bunsen7, 21yearsgone, TriHarder, Philhanson, corkrats, caseyc481, AdrianneB, johncromie, seantmcauliffe, declanohagan, jgdarcy
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Longitude: -9.742693, Latitude: 51.99945 , Easting: 80363, Northing: 84421 Prominence: 1038.59m,   Isolation: 0.4km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 480339 584480,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Crnthl, 10 char: Crnthl
Bedrock type: Purple sandstone & siltstone, (Ballinskelligs Sandstone Formation)

Just as the summit of Ireland's highest mountain is often covered in mist, its name is shrouded in uncertainty. Unlike some lesser peaks, such as Mangerton or Croagh Patrick, it is not mentioned in any surviving early Irish texts. P.W. Joyce suggests that meaning of this name is 'inverted reaping hook' and that this sense can be appreciated from the middle of the Hag's Glen. He proposes that the reaping hook is inverted in the sense that it is convex rather than concave [Irish Names of Places, vol. i, p. 6]. The serrated ridges which run up the north face of Carrauntoohil are certainly amongst its most distinctive features and are therefore likely to have given name to the mountain. However, the image of a 'convex reaping-hook' is a very odd and complex one on which to base a place-name, and the use of tuathal to mean inverted, while found in dictionaries, seems to be without parallel in other Irish place-names. It seems more likely that the second element is simply the personal name 'Tuathal' as John O'Donovan believed. This forename was common in Medieval Ireland and is the basis of the surname Ó Tuathail (O'Toole). It also occurs in Lios Tuathail (Listowel, Co. Kerry) and Carraig Thuathail (Carrigtwohill, Co. Cork), which the Flanagans interpret in both cases as a personal name (Irish Place Names). Intriguigingly, one of the earliest accounts to mention Ireland's highest mountain, written by Isaac Weld in 1812, refers to it as 'Gheraun-tuel', which suggests that the first element was not corrán, but rather géarán, 'fang', which is found in the name of several other Kerry mountains. On the basis of this one reference, it is difficult to say whether this represents an earlier form of the name or whether it was a corruption. For further information on the name, see Paul Tempan, Some Notes on the Names of Six Kerry Mountains, JKAHS, ser. 2, vol. v (2005), 5-19.   Carrauntoohil is the highest mountain in Ireland. Carrauntoohil is the highest point in county Kerry.

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Picture: Carrauntoohil and Beenkeragh from the ridge between the Big Gun and Cruach Mor
 
Carrantoohil as part of ridge circuit
by dewhelan  17 Apr 2011
I started on a windy + cloudy saturday morning from the parking lot at Lisleibane. My plan was to head up carrauntoohil by the heavenly gates route, then circle around to the south and east along the ridge, back to the car. But I could tell by the weather that I'd have to play things by ear, as heading up the valley alongside the gaddagh river, the wind was blowing at a good 20-30mph. Looking up at the ridge on the left, I could see the clouds were zipping across the ridge at a fair pace - so not the best place to be in high winds and clouds. I continued on, gradually ascending the side of Knockbrinnea as I headed for the the Eagles Nest. Seems like all routes up carrantoohil are getting eroded, as even the heavenly gates had a section that was pretty bad. By the time I reached the summit of Carrantoohil, the day had cleared up somewhat, and I could see the summits of the Big Gun, and Cruach Mor between intermittant cloud, so I decided to go for the ridge circuit back to the car. I headed back down, past the Devils ladder, and on towards the top of the zig-zags. Nice that someone placed an arrow made from rocks to mark the start of the descent, but I continued on the ridge over towards Maolain Bui. The most interesting part of the ridge is the section between Cnoc Na Peiste, the Big Gun and Cruach Mor - big exposure, plus dozen or so short climbs/downclimbs. The winds were still pretty brisk, but thankfully the clouds had cleared and there were spectacular views back across the valley towards Carrantoohil and Beenkeragh. I wasn't expecting to meet anyone else, but came across 2 climbers heading the other way. After a brief discussion of the relative merits of Leinster and Munster rugby (general support for Leinster in the game later that day against Leicster, despite the 2 fellas being from Kerry), we headed our separate ways. The descent back to the car is probably the most arduous part of this circuit, not because its difficult, more that its a long slog back at the end of the day, and you've already seen all the highlights. I highly recommend this route as an alternative to a simple ascent-descent of Carrantoohil, but need to have some scrambling experience and a head for heights. The circuit took me 5 1/2 hours, with a couple of brief stops. Probably take longer with a group, but very manageable in a day from early morning to early evening. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/1/comment/6305/
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