Carrauntoohil 1038.6m mountain, MacGillycuddy's Reeks Kerry Ireland at
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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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Picture: Summit
eric on Carrauntoohil, 2005
by eric  16 Dec 2005
This photograph was taken just below the summit. Linkback:
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Moac on Carrauntoohil, 2009
by Moac  25 Aug 2009
Notice at access from Cronin's Yard Linkback:
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Picture: Looking down from above
midge_hater on Carrauntoohil, 2005
by midge_hater  25 Oct 2005
The Killarney tourist office suggested we park at Cronin’s farmyard and climb Carauntoohil from there. It took 2 hours from the car to get to the bottom of the Devil’s Ladder then nearly another 2 hours to get to the top of the mountain. Coming down was not so easy either – taking 3.5 to get back to the car. In total a 7.5 hour climb. Obviously there are better ways to climb this mountain. It also helps if you have a certain degree of fitness which I was unfortunately lacking when I climbed in July. The picture here is of me at the top! I was sore for a full week after!! Of course it was well worth it and I can’t wait to get back next year again to try another route and to include Benkeeragh and other summits. Linkback:
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Picture: Curve gully with Eagle's Nest lake frozen below
andrewoc on Carrauntoohil, 2006
by andrewoc  3 Mar 2006
March 2nd 2006. Snow in the car park. Ascent up through Hags Glen to Loch Gabhair then left under Hags Tooth up to the Eagle's Nest. Crampons, rope and ice axe mandatory for the 300M slog up Curve Gully to the summit. Thigh deep powder mixed with a few icy patches before emerging to blue skies and big views, just 20 feet from the cross. Perfect day for a first ascent of Carrauntoohill. Linkback:
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cormac on Carrauntoohil, 2002
by cormac  15 Aug 2002
I did the coomloughra horseshoe in july but the mist came in and the view was taken from me before reaching beenkeragh. care needed on ridge from beenkeragh to carrauntoohill it can be quite slippy i Linkback:
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ssmith on Carrauntoohil, 2003
by ssmith  29 Oct 2003
I finished off the summer with a 10-hour day through the Macgillycuddy Ridge Walk, the day wasn't great, lots of cloud and mist amogst the higher peaks, but it was nice to see snow (the chap walking with me didn't appreciate getting a snow ball in the head on top of the Big Gun - no sense of humour some people! Occasionally the mist cleared and the views were stunning,the above photo shows Hags Glen, one of the few times the mist actually cleared for us, until we started to climb Carrauntoohill. Linkback:
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