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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
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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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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Carrauntoohil in area MacGillycuddy
Picture: Coumloughra Horseshoe
A day from Heaven
by Cemalina2010  8 Jul 2010
Walked the Hydro route up to Caher & on to Carrauntohill last Tuesday week. I have never seen weather so good. Vision all the way to the Dingle peninsula. Even on the summit weather was still 16C at 2.30 in the afternoon. A thoroughly enjoyable walk. People were ascending from all directions including Benkeeragh. Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/1/comment/5925/
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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: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/1/comment/6305/
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Picture: Horrendous visibility
Tough day, unfortunately no view this time
by Derry_Danderer  2 Oct 2013
3 of us took on the challenge of Carrauntoohil in July 2012. It most definitely was a challenge!
We parked at the carpark V771 870 A to take the hydro road up to Coomloughera Lough.
Unfortunately the cloud descended on us as we drove to the start point, it was thick and very wet and enveloped up from as early as half way up the hydro road. We had intended to take on the full horseshoe however we decided not to push our luck with the conditions.
We stuck to the direction and continued anti-clockwise across the sodden ground at the lakes level where you'll reach the start of the ascent proper.
From here it was a very long, tough trek all the way up to Caher west and then Caher. We continued from here towards Carrauntoohil which took roughly 40minutes alone. When at the top we stopped for drinks and snacks and enjoyed some other trekkers surprising one of their group with a birthday cake!
The cloud stayed with us for almost the entire trip, only lifting as we descended to reveal the 2 lakes within the horseshoe. The ground underfoot went from some very wet boggy conditions to clearly worn trails. All in all the slow return trip took us 7 hours, with more stops than i care to mention to check our bearings and rest up.
With a bit more fitness training I'll be back- hopefully to see something more than just 20ft ahead of us! Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/1/comment/15210/
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Carrauntoohil in area MacGillycuddy
Picture: lunch on the ledge
it doesnt get any higher here!
by wild_brian  31 Oct 2016
bank holiday sunday in october 2016. the clocks changed the night before but you could swear so was the seasond. that sunny sunday could easily have fit in for a july day. perfect conditions for our large groups first accent up the McGillycuddy reeks fancinating mountain. starting from cronins yard we were not even at the two lakes when we were stripping off layers. although putting back on while waiting on members of our group. that old saying your only as quick as your slowest member. planned the zigzags up and back but the good weather meant me went up the devil ladder. was accesable but can see why people recommend avoiding it due to erosion etc. amazing views from the top of the ladder. another push on led to the summit n the cross. rewarded with tremendous views in all directions due to the crystal clear day. decended down and up cnoc na toinne and the zigzags. little over 5 n half hours including lunch on the summit. the reeks are an amazing place. Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/1/comment/18689/
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Picture: The curve
Lynchieboy on Carrauntoohil, 2006
by Lynchieboy  22 Apr 2006
Starting up the curve. I never really climbed this mountain. Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/1/comment/2272/
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tommyhogan on Carrauntoohil, 2009
by tommyhogan  21 Sep 2009
We climbed on 19/09/09 for the 1st time. Picked the Hydro road to Caher route to the summit of Carauntoohill & back the same way. Started a bit late at 12 noon but was wet in the morning so decided to chance it & give cloud a chance to clear away before setting off. Hydro road is a tough slog to begin with, straight up more or less but levels off nicely after about 300m & then pretty easy going to the 1st lake where we had lunch. Off to the right then following the train which looked like it could be really boggy in bad weather but luckily it had been dry for about 10 days before so it was pretty clear & fine. Up the spur leading to Caher then, steep but nothing too difficult until the end where it gets pretty steep between the various summits. Lost some height after that before heading across the ridge for Carauntoohill. Great views all the way up & not too dangerous apart from 1 or 2 moments where you go close enough to the edge. We had perfect conditions, wind really dropped off & the mist cleared but on a bad day it could be dangerous. Made the summit then & still clear so could see all the way into Cork, Limerick & across to Clare as well. Time was against us so a few snaps & back down the same route which was tiring & sore on the legs but not dangerous. Met some experienced climbers on the way & by the sounds of it the Beenkeeragh route is really not for beginners, very dangerous & need a serious head for height which neither myself or my wife have! Caher route is more than possible though on a good day & with decent equipment, etc. Back down around 6.30 just as the sun was getting low. Great climb. Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/1/comment/4116/
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