Carrauntoohil 1038.6m mountain, MacGillycuddy's Reeks Kerry Ireland at
Welcome to MountainViews
If you want to use the website often please enrol (quick and free) at top right.
Zoom: ??
For more map options click on any overview map area or any detail map feature.
Find Suggested Walks
Find hill, mountain, island, coastal feature.

Recent Contributions
Get Notifications

Oileán an Chlaí: Island in Bertraghboy Bay

The Heights of Malta

Inis Leacan: Island south of Roundstone.

Beast of Bencorrbeg tackled from the south.

Lettershinna Hill: Grass top, distant heights.

Wicklow: Glenmalure to Glendalough

Benglenisky: Southern Bens easiest way up.

Lough Curra - 14/05/2019 - 05:17

Waterfalls Galore

Binn Bhriocáin: Rocky top from afar.

Barrclashcame: Great ridge walk

Blue Mountain Summit, Jamaica

Conditions and Info
Use of MountainViews is governed by conditions.
General information about the site is here.
Opinions in material here are not necessarily endorsed by MountainViews.
Hillwalking is a risk sport. Information in comments, walks or shared GPS tracks may not be accurate for example as regards safety or access permission. You are responsible for your safety and your permission to walk see conditions.
Credits and list definitions are listed here Credits
Video display
Rating graphic.
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
Place visited by 1719 members. Recently by: IrishGirl2014, KevinRoche, wallr, rangertobi, seamaspeineas, itshimkeith, eoeguides, TheDutchman, Roswayman, seanmeehan, maszop, Jim-Anne, High-King, eanna81, gerlo
I have visited this place: YES (You need to be a logged-in member to change this.)

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.

COMMENTS for Carrauntoohil << Prev page 1 .. 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 Next page >>  
Follow this place's comments
ali on Carrauntoohil, 2005
by ali  22 Nov 2005
carrauntoohill is a great climb. the walk to the devils ladder through hags glen is a great walk providing the weather holds out. the devils ladder i find is challenging enough if more so when its wet then tends to be a stream that flows down the middle. i tend to avoid descending the the devils ladder as it can be tricky and a slip could end up being nasty. i find it better to climb carrantouhill and then beenkeragh and drop down by knockbrinnea 854. Trackback:
Your Score: Very useful <<  >>Average Picture about mountain Carrauntoohil in area MacGillycuddy
Picture: Carrauntoohill, Caher and Beenkeragh
John Finn on Carrauntoohil, 2006
by John Finn  30 Apr 2006
Carrauntoohill (centre) with Caher to the left and Beenkeragh to the right. Photo taken near Maolan Bui on the ridge of the Eastern Reeks. Trackback:
Your Score: Very useful <<  >>Average Picture about mountain Carrauntoohil in area MacGillycuddy
Picture: Along the tp of the ridge
sbender on Carrauntoohil, 2008
by sbender  10 Jun 2008
10 June 2008. Just did the Coomlaughra horse shoe walk today counter clockwise as suggested by 'sparkey'. The weather was smashing. The early clouds soon burned away. Started early at 8.30 and finished at 13.30. Did the ridge across the tops which was amazing. The biggest challange, I found, was the descend from Beenkerragh. Did the ridge walk across the tops of the 3 smaller mountains (Skregmor) took the wst side of the last peek to descend. This was a bit of a mistake, loads of hidden holes under the heath cover. All in all a fantastic walk. Trackback:
Your Score: Very useful <<  >>Average Picture about mountain Carrauntoohil in area MacGillycuddy
Picture: View from Stumpa Duloigh
djouce on Carrauntoohil, 2005
by djouce  20 Jul 2005
Carrauntoohil viewed from the south on a sunny day Trackback:
Your Score: Very useful <<  >>Average Picture about mountain Carrauntoohil in area MacGillycuddy
Picture: Summit climb
deswalk on Carrauntoohil, 2006
by deswalk  9 Jan 2006
Heading for the summit of Carrauntoohil from the Devil's Ladder on a sunny day. Note the unsuitable legwear. Trackback:
Your Score: Very useful <<  >>Average
Peter Walker on Carrauntoohil, 2007
by Peter Walker  12 Sep 2007
Did Carrauntoohil by myself via the Coomloughra Horseshoe on a clear, reasonably non-windy day in February 2007. Blessed with wonderful visibility the whole way round; I know of people who've done Carrauntoohil ten times without seeing the view, and some jammy English bloke lucks out first time! The Beenkeragh ridge is the highlight, and in good conditions it should be relished by all save the highly nervous (only the section over The Bones really demands any scrambling or route-finding, although the final slope to Carrauntoohil is a smidge loose).

I came down the Devil's Ladder (having done the eastern Reeks) in early September, and would echo all the comments regarding its unpleasantness. For an experienced mountain walker who's concentrating, it isn't at all dangerous in good conditions (unless someone kicks a rock down on you), but it's horrendously eroded, confined and vaguely claustrophobic. I found myself wondering; just how many people have done Carrauntoohil by that route as their first mountain climb and been put off for life? Trackback:
Your Score: Very useful <<  >>Average
(End of comment section for Carrauntoohil.)

OSi logo OSNI/LPS logo
Some mapping:
Open Street Map
(Various variations used.)
British summit data courtesy:
Database of British & Irish Hills
(Creative Commons Licence), a Hill-walking Website for the island of Ireland. 11 Million Visitors Per Year. 1300 Contributors.