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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 Munster Province, in County Highpoint, Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish Highest Hundred, Irish 900s Lists, Purple sandstone & siltstone Bedrock

Height: 1,038.6m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 78 Grid Reference: V80363 84421
Place visited by 1756 members. Recently by: Kilcoobin, Kilcubbin, Maire-Ni, conormcg, odrisceoil146, Tomaslj, Q35on, LauraG, colmo23, garybuz, daitho9, Hjonna, jackos, chairmanmiah, the-wren
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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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John Finn on Carrauntoohil, 2004
by John Finn  22 Aug 2004
Looking down the Hag's Glen from half way up The Devil's Ladder on the "tourist route" to Carrauntoohill. Lough Gouragh is to the left and Lough Callee to the right. The Ladder needs care because of the amount of loose rock. Linkback:
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ciano on Carrauntoohil, 2005
by ciano  1 Mar 2005
An amazing walk for my 3rd time up Curran Tuathail! Since walking it a for the first time only a month ago I just cant stay away! This was the first time up in icy conditions. We decided to go up middle gully. This was a testing route requiring some big scrambling/climbing moves! Some of the ice formations that we saw on our way were well worth it though! The cross had almost a foot of ice "blowing" off the back of it! We decended by the heavenly gates, though some how we still missed the turnoff to the path, AGAIN!! Im still waiting for a view from the summit though! Fourth time lucky!

Well did it a 4th time! Amazing view!Also did a night hike up O Sheas and down heavenly gates! Not for the faint hearted but a very enjoyable challanging walk. See for more pictures. Linkback:
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Picture: Carrauntoohil from near Knockbrinnea
murphysw on Carrauntoohil, 2005
by murphysw  28 Jul 2005
Carrauntoohil is a mountain whose appearance can change greatly when viewed from different angles. I think it looks most impressive from the summit of Beenkeragh, but when I was there it was a bit cloudy to get a good snap, so I took this one from near Knockbrinnea which is bit off the beaten path as most climbers head off to Skregmore after Beenkeragh. Linkback:
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Picture: Summit of Carrauntoohil
murphysw on Carrauntoohil, 2005
by murphysw  9 Aug 2005
Climbed this last week on the 20th on a very good day with the clouds just about at summit height. Went up the Devil's ladder/Hag's Glen route. The Ladder is mostly safe bar wet rocks but the last 20 or so yards is quite dangerous with very few rocks for footholds and wet slippy sides to try and grasp to. The view from the top of the ladder is amazing. From here the rest of the climb looks simple enough but it is quite a strain on the legs. However the stony ground is pleasant to climb. There is a very heavy volume of people on this part of the route as there also is on the summit. On the summit we met an experienced climber who agreed to guide us across the Beenkeragh ridge. I had decided to give the Devil's ladder a miss going down as the state of the top of it had put me off. The view from the summit over to Beenkeragh is truly breathtaking. Linkback:
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Picture: Devil's Ladder col
deswalk on Carrauntoohil, 2006
by deswalk  9 Jan 2006
A warm fine day at the top of the Devil's Ladder looking east along the main ridge. This was taken some years ago so there is probably more erosion at that point now. Linkback:
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Picture: On the way to Carrountoohill
Buny Clare on Carrauntoohil, 2006
by Buny Clare  5 Feb 2006
On the way to Carrountoohill via Caher , a good walk yet to do, but a beautiful day summer 2005 Linkback:
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