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An Tiaracht Hill Tearaght Island A name in English
(Ir. An Tiaracht [logainm.ie], 'the westerly (island)') Kerry County, in Binnion List, Cross-bedded sandstone Bedrock

Height: 200m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 70 Grid Reference: V18100 94900 This summit has been logged as climbed by 1 members. Recently by: patmccarthy
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Longitude: -10.653976, Latitude: 52.076631 , Easting: 18100, Northing: 94900 Prominence: 200m,   Isolation: 3.7km
ITM: 418090 594957,   GPS IDs, 6 char: TrghIs, 10 char: TrghtIslnd
Bedrock type: Cross-bedded sandstone, (Coumeenoole Sandstone Formation)

This is the most westerly of the Blasket Islands. Its profile is remarkably similar to that of Skellig Michael. Its only human inhabitants were the lighthouse-keepers and their families. As the lighthouse was on the side facing the Atlantic, the view only reinforced their isolation. A natural rock-arch connects the two parts of the island.   An Tiaracht is the 1387th highest summit in Ireland. An Tiaracht is the most westerly summit in the Dingle West area. It's also the most westerly summit in .

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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain An Tiaracht in area Dingle West, Ireland
 
A unique day
by wicklore  23 Sep 2011
An Tiaracht loomed through the window of the EC135 helicopter, appearing forbidding as it rose sharply out of the glistening Atlantic, culminating in a rocky pinnacle 200 metres above. The lighthouse came into view, perched on its ledge high above the water. There was the helipad, an impossibly small square of concrete with sheer drops on three sides that plummeted to the rocks and boisterous sea below. I had been here before in late 2009, but on that occasion this most difficult public-interest landing place in Europe had defeated us and the attempted landing was aborted. Now two years later our helicopter was nearing the helipad and I had baited breath as that square of concrete beckoned. Only 30% of attempted landings are successful on An Tiaracht, due to the treacherous updrafts and strong winds. Would this be our day?

To understand why I was being allowed to tag along on a scheduled maintenance trip please read the earlier posts from my previous attempt. I had been waiting for a call for nearly two years since that first attempt in 2009. Imagine my delight when that call came two weeks ago! When I reached the Irish Lights base in Castletownbere yesterday morning I was told that forecasted poor weather would rule out an overnight trip. I was delighted that I would still be allowed to tag along on a day return trip. The flight was swift and comfortable and I was overjoyed when the helicopter gently touched down. Having long studied the few images and descriptions available on the internet, I felt strangely familiar with the island. I had made it!

Myself and fellow guest Peter Cox set out to explore. We followed an old path as it contoured around the island far above the constantly roiling sea. The Keepers who lived on the island for over 100 years were ingenious in using every scarce piece of flat ground to grow vegetables or keep hens. The narrow trail was their access to these plots. It is a challenging path that has been demolished in many places by the unrelenting Atlantic weather and erosion. The hardy grasses and mosses that scrape out a living on the steep slopes offer no grip as they simply pull away from the meagre soil. There are wet and slippy rocks to contend with and all of these challenges are accompanied by the backdrop of waves that crash hundreds of feet below. It was this combination that prevented us from progressing more than a few hundred metres along the path. As the going got trickier both Peter and I made a decision to stop. We had reached a place which the Keepers had previously used a fixed rope to negotiate. This rope, long disused, now lay severed and useless, another victim of the vicious weather. To go any further would have required taking a serious risk. We stopped and sat a while, taking in the wonderful views. We were humbled to be amongst the relatively few people who have ever looked out from this most remote of islands. Our progress blocked, we returned to explore more of the island. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/1037/comment/6528/
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