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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bdaly on Carrauntoohil, 2005
by bdaly  28 Feb 2005
I climbed Carrauntoohil from the Devil's Ladder in July of 2004 with by sister who had never climbed before, so the pace was slow 7 hour round trip. It was my second mountain in Ireland that I climbed mtn Brandon being my first when I was a kid. I had climbed Mtn Rainier (14410 ft) in the U.S.A. where I live now a week before Carrauntoohil but the experience was beautiful . Trackback:
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Picture: View from Cronin's Yard
johnvbrennan on Carrauntoohil, 2006
by johnvbrennan  20 Mar 2006
Just submitting this photo that I took yesterday (March 19) from Cronin's yard. It's Carrauntoohill with a sprinkling of snow in the beautiful spring sunshine. My route yesterday took me up Alohart Gully (Ref: V 851 855 A). I had never gone up this route before. There are 2 nice lakes on the approach to the gully. On the approach the gully appears almost completely vertical but this is just an optical illusion and it is very managable. Once at the top of the gully I followed the ridge along the Eastern Reeks towards Carrauntuohill taking in The Grotto, The Big Gun and more along the way.

The ridge was pretty icy in places yesterday and you would certainly need to have been comfortable with heights to traverse it. That said I haven't seen the ridge so clear for a very long time. There was no navigation required yesterday because you could see all the way to Carrauntoohill and beyond. Anyone who has crossed the Eastern Reeks before will know this is very rarely the case. Trackback:
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Picture: View from Beenkeragh ridge down into Hag's Glen
HoschIchenheim on Carrauntoohil, 2008
by HoschIchenheim  21 Mar 2008
My son and myself, Germans, did the Horseshoe walk starting from Lough Acoose on Sept. 5, 2005. First the weather was cloudy, but there was a magnificent view later in the day. The view from the Caher tops was still obstructed by clouds. After staying on top of Carrauntuohil it cleared up, and we decided to try the ridge. It was not as breathtaking as it's often described (I'm really of a nervous disposition, as Sean O'Suilleabhain put it in his guide), but we had fine weather and could see at every stage that an emergency descent to the upper Coomloughra Valley was possible at almost any time. We didn't need it though and crossed to Beenkeragh. There we put the upright stones within the two cairns (again). In case of bad weather it's surely not that easy to walk from Carrauntoohil to Beenkeragh or vice-versa. We descended over Stumpa Barr na hAbhann, Skregmore and Cnoc Iochtair back to Lough Acoose. Trackback:
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The High King of Ireland
by YoungJohn  17 Jun 2010
My younger and more experienced walker friend from Cork and I decided to 'do' Carrauntoohil in a single day, the 23rd May 2010. We journeyed for three hours to get there, stopping in Castleisland for a fine breakfast, a good foundation being essential. We parked in a relatively new carpark above Cronins Farm. We were blessed with a fine day, sandwiches and tea packed we headed for 'the big one'. We tried O'Shea's gully but changed our minds and headed for the Devils Ladder. The scenery was breathtaking. The lakes so blue, the mountains so daunting, nature at its most beautiful, simply wow. We scaled the Devils Ladder meeting several hikers on the way. I thought I was doing well and enjoyed a gentle bit of banter with a couple of elder lemons, Ken and Harry from ulster who turned out to be a couple of greyhounds, understating their abilities to gazump us to the top of the ladder! I had expected the hike to be hard and the ladder had some scree near the top and care had to be taken. After climbing the ladder we stopped for an all too brief rest before we headed off after the Ulster lads. I found the going tough. I had to stop on a few occasions on the ascent to the summit and made good use of my stick but I persevered and was clapped when I reached the zenith of Ireland by two ulster men and my younger friend from Cork. The simple iron cross appropriately marked the summit. I was awe struck by the views and despite a slight bit of cloud could see Kenmare bay, Caher mountain and the rest of the 'Reeks. A truly inspiring and spirit enlightening moment or ten. We ate our food, shared some biscuits with the fittest elder lemons ever and chatted with some young female walkers who arrived as we gathered our energies for the trek back down. We shared Carrauntoohil with our new friends until they headed off up hill to return by the 'zig zag' route. We headed back down the 'ladder' where we enjoyed dipping our toes at its last rung in a clear stream of crystal pure water. The trek back to the car was enlightened by meeting up again with our ulster friends. A great day on a great mountain. Trackback:
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Picture: Devil's Ladder or Gully
by Hilltop-Harrier  19 Aug 2012
Part 2. I set off at 7.30am on a 28th July 2012 on a fine morning, the weather forecast was poor but I knew or rather I assumed I wouldn’t be on my own. I like the tranquillity of the hills as long as I can see and away off I set. I had talked to people coming back from Carrauntoohill the evening before and I had made a decision if I get to a point where I think it’s too dangerous I will turn back. The path meandered up through the fields until I came to the first forded crossing on the Gaddagh River which was about 1.6km into the walk, I was glad not to take off my boots at this early stage. I continued on the path uphill into the famous Hag’s Glen to the next crossing of the River which is not forded and just has big boulders to assist your crossing and that was fine as it was summer and the water level low. I mentioned my poor sense of direction earlier and the little printout I had was very detailed and spot on. After a very short rise I was onto the flat and waterlogged valley, which has the most astounding breathtaking peaks surrounding me. The sun was shining brightly and of course the camera was flat out. In the distance I could see a walker coming towards me, we chatted and he warned me of the perilous Devil’s ladder after checking out my walking gear. I passed between the twin lake of Lough Callee on my left and Lough Gouragh on my right, the path was now becoming rougher. Up ahead was a woman with a young boy of say 10yrs making slow progress. I was now at the foot of the gully and had decided it would be a good time for sandwiches and coffee. I thoroughly enjoyed my food and after 20min began up the Devils Ladder, two young fit lads passed me here and began up the gully, but youth also has it’s limits as the ladder began to take it’s hold on them. I struggled up the ladder more with my poor fitness level rather than the challenge itself, one thing I will say I always carry a walking stick and it was essential here, it became my third leg so to speak. I lost track of time here but I seemed to be a very long time in the Devils ladder. I decided from the onset to zig zag up, I know its slow but I was on my own and it worked well. One thing I will say here, my leaflet advised to think about your return journey and if heavy fog came in how you would come back down. I took this advice and thought worst case scenario I’ll be on my backside. At last I’d conquered the Ladder and was now on top of Cnoc na Toinne ‘Ye Ha!!. My joy was short lived as I knew this mountain was dangerous and I was constantly watching the weather. I had seen the dark thunder clouds coming my way and sure enough just as I got out the top the fog and heavy rain started before I could have a look around me. Trackback:
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frank12345 on Carrauntoohil, 2009
by frank12345  13 Apr 2009
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