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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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Moac on Carrauntoohil, 2009
by Moac  25 Aug 2009
There is a notice posted on the access from Cronin's Yard advising that the badly eroded Devil's Ladder be avoided and that the alternative zigzag route known as Bothar na Gige be used. The bottom of this alternative is easily missed and is marked by a small cairn at (V81163 84079 A) The route follows a ramp to (V81481 84082 B) and then climbs by zig zags until the ridge is reached at a prominent cairn (V81397 83461 C) close to the summit of Cnoc na Tuinne. Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/1/comment/4048/
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jamestmasterson on Carrauntoohil, 2006
by jamestmasterson  13 Aug 2006
Walked the Horseshoe yesterday.The weather was amazing and as was first time was very lucky. Approahed from west and started at hydro road.The initial walk is hard, up a steep road. Headed for Caher and half way up the mist was bad but easy enough to navigate. Stayed well to the right.Eventually got to the top.hard ascent with loose rocks all round. On the peek the mist lifted and never returned. To be honest the ascent to caher was the toughest part of walk.The ridge to carrantoohil was fine with an ok climb towards the right where all the devils ladders climbers join..Ran most the final part as legs were well loose...views were breathtaking...did not stay for too long as rather crowded.Straight towards Beenkeragh. Was fine to find your own way as drya nd clear but would be careful otherwise. Some fun rock climbing and ascent not too bad...next up and down ridges. Hard going with loads of loose rocks. decided against skegmore as under time pressure but the descent down across mountain face was hard and prob should have kept on ridge. Once reached bottom at Coomloughra Lough walk was fast..ran most of it....A thoroughly enjoyable day and so lucky with weather.Later Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/1/comment/2454/
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marzka on Carrauntoohil, 2010
by marzka  4 Jan 2010
This is a magnificent, very enjoyable trek. In the winter you should expect a lot of snow and icy gulleys. I would remind that usually in the winter the same trail is being taken longer than usually. From another site you can easily find well beaten paths.
I started my way on parking near Lislebane (Grid Ref. V827873 D). From Lisleibane follow the obvious track into the Hags Glen to the Devils ladder ascent. Probably this 500 feet gully is or rather was (?) the most popular route up Carrauntoohill. The Devils Ladder itself is a steep gully filled with loose scree and boulders. It is now quite unstable in places and care should be taken, especially in winter when the stones are icy. In last December was very icy! At the top of the Devils Ladder bear right onto the long summit slope of the mountain. From an initially vague appearance, the track becomes more distinct as you gain height. Although it branches in several places, all variations lead eventually to the summit. In poor visibility beware of heading too far to the left of the track and onto the dangerous ground above Curraghmore, or too far to the right where a narrow track leads across the face of the mountain towards the Heavenly Gates.
I returned via Heavenly Gates. So from the summit follow usually still well beaten path down in a south-easterly direction. A little above Devils Ladder Pass go to the left away from the path. Continue in a north-easterly direction and you will pick up a small track, which will take you towards the Heavenly Gates. You will now have some steep sections to descend as you follow the path down. A good view of Lough Gouragh will open out on you right hand side. At the top of the heavenly gates there are some good photographic opportunities but great care must be taken with regard to safety. As you descend from the heavenly gates you will see a small rescue hut on your left. Continue on past the hut and you will need at one stage to track back in order to take a path down the side to get down to a lower level, also you will have to get down an awkward rock section. And than the path to Lisleibane is now fairly straightforward as it is an exact retrace of incoming path. Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/1/comment/4320/
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Picture: Misty on top of Carrauntoohil
with Dillon and Rachel
by paddyobpc  23 Jan 2017
Walk Date: 18 Aug 2015. We were waiting for a good time to tackle Carrauntoohil and finally a suitable day arrived. Rachel, Dillon(dillonkdy) and myself set off from the Hydro Track Carpark around 1:30 in the afternoon. The weather was fine and very suitable for the climb. At the top of the Hydro road we made our way across the boggy section, zigging and zagging to avoid the worst sections where possible. We were glad to get on to the solid surface of Caher and climbed until we reached its summit. From here we made our way across to the summit of Carrauntoohil taking care with the steep drop to our left as we went across. It was a bit windy at the top and views were a bit restricted but cleared every so often. This was Dillon’s (dillonkdy) first time to the top and at 8 years of age meant he had conquered the highest point of Ireland and his 5th County High Point. We took a few pictures and had some food before heading off. Initially we went slightly off our route but quickly corrected that. It was an uneventful decent until we returned to the edge of the boggy area where Rachel insisted in taking a direct route across it, “I see my destination and I’m going straight there, NO DETOURS!” she said. Within minutes I was dragging her out of a bog hole where she was up to her waist in muck and leaning forward to stop herself sinking any further. Needless to say she stayed with us for the rest of the walk. We returned to the car after spending an enjoyable 6 hours on the mountains. This route is quite safe once you are careful in the boggy area and the on ridge between Caher and Carrauntoohil. I used this route years previously when Rachel made her first trip to Carrauntoohil at the age of 8 also.
See Dillon’s (dillonkdy) full story of his County High Point Challenge at https://dillons32chpchallenge.github.io/progress/index.html We also found Kieron Gribbon's High Point Ireland website (www.highpointireland.com) to be a useful source of information for our 32 County High Points challenge. Definitely worth checking out if you're planning to do any of the High Point challenges. Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/1/comment/18807/
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stephenfarley on Carrauntoohil, 2004
by stephenfarley  7 Jun 2004
An expedition of five hardy Armagh climbers headed for Carrantoohil on friday 29th of May. We decided to camp in the Hags Glen as we had seen beautiful photographs on Irish Mountain Views. Well, it all got a bit wild!! A word of caution to anyone thinking of camping in the Glen even in summer, remember all your tent pegs and guy lines!! We ascended via the Devil's Ladder, will not do this route again as it is very badly eroded and needs protected. The summit climb is not so tough, in fact, the summit of Donard is it's equal in everything but height. However, be careful in low visibility on the summit, the edge is quite close to the cross. The ridge between Carrantoohil and Beenkeragh is nothing short of spectacular, very enjoyable, though not for the beginner, or for those with no confidence in their abilities, it can get hairy in parts. All in, up Carrantoohil and down Beenkeragh, seven hours and change, at a good pace. Coming down Beenkeragh was the toughest part of the whole climb!! Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/1/comment/984/
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kkendellen on Carrauntoohil, 2004
by kkendellen  1 Sep 2004
Day 2 of the weekend started with the walk in to the foot of the Hag's Tooth along the Gaddagh river. As usual the walk lets you absorb the stunning views of the mountains of the Reeks rising to surround you as you make your way further up the valley. Its a walk that always brings great enjoyment and anticipation as you get closer to Carrauntoohil at the head of the valley. We followed the track leading up to Collins stream and then scrambled up a steep scree and grass slope directly behind the Hags Tooth to gain the ridge proper. This initial part was a bit messy due to the damp grass and slick ( and very loose ) rocks. But once the ridge was gained it was well worth the effort. The views were fantastic in every direction. Back down the valley, across to the cloud covered peaks of the Reeks ridge and most spectular of all, the stunning Howling Ridge and Primroses on Carrauntoohil itself. On the ridge the route is straight forward, the only way is up! The best scrambling is on the lower part of the ridge, then it eases off for a bit before it gets more difficult again before the summit of Beenkeragh. Check all your holds, there's plenty of loose stuff especially on the lower part of the ridge. However, don't let this put you off as the scrambling is excellent and well worth the effort all the way to the top of Beenkeragh! From there we crossed the Beenkeragh Ridge ( more excellent srambling with nice level of exposure ) to the summit of Carrauntoohil. At this stage we were in a massive downpour and unfortunately lost any more views until we dropped below the clouds again. We dropped back into the valley by the Devil's Ladder route and back to the car. This part was a huge disappointment for me. Of all the times I've been to the Reeks it was only the second time I've used the Devil's Ladder but, particularly as it was wet, the erosion is very severe. Its a bit of an eyesore too in such a lovely mountain region. I've decided never to use this way again for any future trips. All in all, the days route was hugely enjoyable with hours of excellent scrambling in beautiful, exposed surroundings. A must for any intrepid walkers! Below is the Beenkaragh ridge looking over to Carrauntoohil. Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/1/comment/1162/
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