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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 1751 members. Recently by: Tomaslj, Q35on, LauraG, colmo23, garybuz, daitho9, Hjonna, jackos, chairmanmiah, the-wren, mwalimu2, deggy66, spailpin, dregish, doogleman
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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
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Molo on Carrauntoohil, 2006
by Molo  25 Apr 2006
We're hoping to climb Carrauntoohill on our upcoming trip to Ireland in May. I'd appreciate suggestions for best maps/books to plan the hike, inlcuding best access to the reeks. We'll be staying in Kenmare for a bit, and hope to take advantage of best weather offerings. Great photos on the site - looks like a great hike! Thanks. Molo Linkback:
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Picture: Carrauntoohil in the distant mist from Beenkeragh Ridge
Top of the Tops
by march-fixer  29 Aug 2013
This is a superb climb, whichever direction it is approached from. We decided to trek up from Lisleibane car-park over Knockbrinnea E, Knockbrinnea W, Beenkeragh and the Bones. The Beenkeragh Ridge is the more difficult part of the approach.

Pity that there was low cloud that only dispersed later in the day as we completed the Hag's Glen Horseshoe. Many people had climbed the Devil's Ladder in all sorts of inappropriate gear. Just because it was nice below does not give any indication of weather conditions at higher altitudes! And also, why the devotion to further erosion of the Devil's Ladder route? I suppose it takes all types! Linkback:
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Coomloughra Horseshoe- Spectacular
by concorde  15 Sep 2013
Coomloughra Horseshoe
Having attempted this route anticlockwise back in 2006 and having to descend off the Benkeeragh ridge in windy and wet conditions , it was time to tackle the challenge again. A weather window of Fri 13thand Sat 14th Sept looked good and we set off from Sligo on the Thursday night
The morning of the 13th saw a blanket of cloud lying on the reeks in mild and calm conditions
We set off from the Car park V772871 A up the hydro road and ascended the caher ridge , mist and slight drizzle kept us company all the way to carrauntoohill. A family of 4 red grouse made a welcome appearance en route. The cloud was thick ponderous and it was very mild and calm on the summit, upwards of 20 people came and went while we refuelled.
We then headed on towards benkeeragh. The rocks were dry and air still which made the tricky route easier , we reached the crux where we had descended before and found the faint path on top of the ridge , the cloud suddenly dispersed and we saw the ridge clearly to benkeeragh.
The cloud wafted away and we had a clear route and magnificent views for the rest of the day.
The descent after skregmore was jarring on the fatigued legs but we got down safely to complete a wonderful day. Linkback:
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Picture: Eastern reeks with Carrauntoohil far right
Time for a revisit!
by Dessie1  25 Oct 2013
Climbed Carrauntoohill as part of a Scavvy way back on 5-11-11 and took this pic of the route we had taken along the Eastern reeks.A long strenuous day starting and ending at Cronins yard via Cruach Mhor with a zig zag descent. Linkback:
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Picture: Glimpse of Cnoc na Toinne through cloud on the descent.
Exhilarating Significance Of Highest Peak
by Aidy  2 Aug 2014
Managed to slip away one day on a family holiday in Kerry to tackle Carrauntoohil via the Devil's Ladder. The best of the views were on the ascent and descent as the top was shrouded in thick cloud, but this boiling, seething mass was dramatic in itself. Any disappointment at the lack of views on the summit were more than compensated for by the exhilaration of standing on Ireland's highest point. I returned to the Hag's Glen via Cnoc na Toinne and the Zig Zag, and apart from the top, the views on the rest of the walk were superb. I'll never forget what I hope will be the first of many ascents of this great mountain. Linkback:
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