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Carrauntoohil: Ireland’s highest – a steep-sided rocky cone in the western Reeks

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MacGillycuddy's Reeks Area   Cen: Reeks West Subarea
Place count in area: 29, OSI/LPS Maps: 78, EW-KNP, EW-R 
Highest place:
Carrauntoohil, 1038.6m
Maximum height for area: 1038.6 metres,     Maximum prominence for area: 1038.6 metres,

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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
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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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Sparkey on Carrauntoohil, 2010
by Sparkey  8 Mar 2010
In Killorglin over the Bridge that crosses the river go up the hill a bit & take the left hand turn at the Bianconni Inn, Turn right along this road to Glencar. Continue on up this road to where you will meet a Y in the road. Continue on from this where you will see a wooden gate on your LH side. The pathway you are on is up to the Hydro station. 20 minutes of hard slog up this brings you to the foot of Skregmore on your left. Ahead is Caher & if your gaze follows the ridge from Caher along to the left to Carrauntoohil you should be able to make out the imposing slope of the Beenkeragh ridge. From here turn to your right & make for the lowest part of Caher across a small boggy area. Try to veer right following a rough stony path. A distinct path can be seen here leading up to along slope to Caher above you. The last few 100 mts should be taken slowly as conditions underfoot will make for slow progress. From Caher the rest of the ridge walk can be seen. A steep descent will bring you to a clear path about 100 mts from Carruantoohil. After reaching the top clearly marked with a cross Beenkeragh ridge can be seen below to the left. Retrace your steps a bit down the slope until Caher is on you left with the cross behind you to the right and the beginnings of the ridge is directly below and in front you. From here along the ridge care must be taken as there is ample opportunity for mistakes. If the weather has turned for the worse or time is against you it would be advisable to turn back along the route you've come because this ridge is very exposed and high winds or rain will slow you up considerably. Most of this ridge is either scrambling up and along rock or bone jarringly picking your way down steep rocky slopes. The whole Beenkeragh section of the walk deserves a lot of concentration and respect due to the underfoot conditions but none more so than the first hour or so. If in doubt of the path try to stay to the left of the ridges-but there will be times where you will be forced to the right ! While the path may drop down only to climb again the alternative of climbing along and over the rocks should only be undertaken by those who do not suffer from vertigo. This whole section is a series of dips and rises until a rise first of Skregmores peaks at 851 mts is reached up some large scattered slabs. The second peak of Skregmore at 848 mts is directly in front of you but we took a bearing directly west along the side of a slope here which will bring you to the last rise of Skregmore at 747 mts . Keeping directly west at all times with Lough Eighter below to your left pick your way carefully down a path worn by sheep as you zig zag down to the gate near the Hydro station . The short but steep walk down the partially concreted path brings you down to the Gate at the road again. Linkback:
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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 starA). 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. Linkback:
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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 starB) The route follows a ramp to (V81481 84082 starC) and then climbs by zig zags until the ridge is reached at a prominent cairn (V81397 83461 starD) close to the summit of Cnoc na Tuinne. Linkback:
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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 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 Linkback:
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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 We also found Kieron Gribbon's High Point Ireland website ( 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. Linkback:
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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!! Linkback:
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