Welcome to MountainViews
If you want to use the website often please enrol (quick and free) at top right.
Zoom: ??
For more map options click on any mountain area or any detail feature.
Find Suggested Walks
Find hill or mountain

Users Online:
Guests online: 78
Recent Contributions

Caha Mountains: Tooreennamna

Tooreennamna: False Summits abound

Mountaineering Ireland consults on mountains

Tooreennamna: Orphaned Outlier of Cummeenageera

Lake District: Scafell and Scafell Pike

Torc Mountain W Top: Big brother ....

Barnahowna: Fine-weather photo

Castle Hill

Maumtrasna North-East Top: Worth a visit!

Cable Car to the Hellfire Club - 20/10

Crossderry: Summit No 2 of a fine ridge walk.

Hart Walk

Conditions and Info
Use of MountainViews is governed by conditions.
General information about the site is here.
Opinions in material here are not necessarily endorsed by MountainViews.
Hillwalking is a risk sport. Information in comments, walks or shared GPS tracks may not be accurate for example as regards safety or access permission. You are responsible for your safety and your permission to walk see conditions.
Credits and list definitions are listed here Credits
Video display
Rating graphic.
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 1560 members. Recently by: Dee68, Eirepur, wjnunan, GillSte, IainT, Lauranna, toblereoghan, jcincork, HeartTrek, hawkeye.john62, breathp, Bunsen7, 21yearsgone, TriHarder, Philhanson
I have climbed this summit: YES (You need to be a logged-in member to change this.)

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.

Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/1/
COMMENTS for Carrauntoohil << Prev page 1 2 3 4 .. 19 Next page >>
The record breaking ascent/descent pt I .. by Conor74   (Show all for Carrauntoohil)
There is a notice posted on the access from Croni .. by Moac   (Show all for Carrauntoohil)
Walked the Horseshoe yesterday.The weather was am .. by jamestmasterson   (Show all for Carrauntoohil)
This is a magnificent, very enjoyable trek. In th .. by marzka   (Show all for Carrauntoohil)
stephenfarley on Carrauntoohil, 2004
by stephenfarley  7 Jun 2004
An expedition of five hardy Armagh climbers headed for Carrantoohil on friday 29th of May. We decided to camp in the Hags Glen as we had seen beautiful photographs on Irish Mountain Views. Well, it all got a bit wild!! A word of caution to anyone thinking of camping in the Glen even in summer, remember all your tent pegs and guy lines!! We ascended via the Devil's Ladder, will not do this route again as it is very badly eroded and needs protected. The summit climb is not so tough, in fact, the summit of Donard is it's equal in everything but height. However, be careful in low visibility on the summit, the edge is quite close to the cross. The ridge between Carrantoohil and Beenkeragh is nothing short of spectacular, very enjoyable, though not for the beginner, or for those with no confidence in their abilities, it can get hairy in parts. All in, up Carrantoohil and down Beenkeragh, seven hours and change, at a good pace. Coming down Beenkeragh was the toughest part of the whole climb!! Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/1/comment/984/
Your Score: Very useful <<  >>Average
Day 2 of the weekend started with the walk in to .. by kkendellen   (Show all for Carrauntoohil)
COMMENTS for Carrauntoohil << Prev page 1 2 3 4 .. 19 Next page >>
(End of comment section for Carrauntoohil.)

OSi logo OSNI/LPS logo
British summit data courtesy:
Database of British & Irish Hills
(Creative Commons Licence)
"ASTER+": Hillshade and Contours
Courtesy of Tiles GIScience Research Group @ Heidelberg University More detail here