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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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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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Picture: Corrán Tuathail from Knockbrinnea West Top
eflanaga on Carrauntoohil, 2006
by eflanaga  17 Jul 2006
From above the area known as The Black Mare IV 80201 84154 A (see Caher for previous walk stage) there is a sharp rocky drop, requiring care and attention, to the shoulder/saddle marking the NE turn towards Carrauntoohill. There follows a fairly steep but straightforward climb up a clear path to the summit and the large iron cross. When I reached the top - GPS reading at the base of the cross was IV 80358 84424 B - I met a young couple from Hull having lunch. I hunkered down in the remains of a shelter beside the cross and took a break myself hopeful that the cloud which had followed me from the top of Caher West Top would clear to allow some decent pictures. The young couple left for Beenkeeragh and were soon replaced by another couple this time from Snowdonia. I spent about another forty minutes with these two very friendly people awaiting a window of opportunity for some photographs. Every so often the mists would clear offering a tantalising vista only to close again by the time we had cameras raised ready to snap! Eventually, I decided I could wait no longer leaving the couple in the certain knowledge that as soon as I reached the base of the Bones/Tooth the weather would clear on ‘Toohill. Sure enough that’s exactly what happened. As I began my ascent of the Tooth I looked back up to the Cross to see the couple I had left behind merrily snapping away for all their worth. Ah well! They had travelled much further than me so good luck to them. Onward across the Tooth and the arête known as the Beenkeeragh Ridge the next stage in the walk. Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/1/comment/2427/
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John Finn on Carrauntoohil, 2004
by John Finn  22 Aug 2004
Caher in winter raiment from the summit of Carrauntoohill Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/1/comment/1119/
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Dan on Carrauntoohil, 2004
by Dan  1 Sep 2004
Reached the summit of Carrauntoohil via the ridge between it and Beenkeragh. I really enjoyed this. I didn’t find it hard, but I wouldn’t say that this ridge is for everybody. It took a while for us to convince one of our group to do it. (I knew he’d be well able to do it and glad he did it when he reached the other side). I wouldn’t describe this route as dangerous if well prepared and used to heights, but I can imagine it would “over awe” you a little if you weren’t, because of the presence of so many sheer drops along it. The view from the summit out over the ridge is great also. Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/1/comment/1160/
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bushman on Carrauntoohil, 2009
by bushman  2 Sep 2009
After reading lewvaltons account of Hags Tooth and Beenkeragh Ridge I decided to give it a try. It was a beautiful day so gave Hags tooth itself a go. It is a fantastic grade 3s scramble but good scrambling experienced and a rope are essential due to the exposure (you can die on this if you fall). Some down climbing is required on the other side.
Continued to Carrauntoohill via the ridge. One of the best scrambling days I've had on the hills.
Returned via Devils ladder but do not recommend it as it is an awful dangerous gully. Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/1/comment/2864/
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kevin dockery on Carrauntoohil, 2009
by kevin dockery  22 Sep 2009
On Sat. 19/9/09 at 10:30am myself and 11 friends started our walk at Cronin's Yard and climbed Carrauntoohil via O'Shea Gully.It was misty with light rain early on but cleared around mid-day to be replaced by sunshine for the rest of the day.On reaching the summit I had finally climbed all of Ireland's 212 mountains over 2,000 feet.I got the inspiration to achieve this goal after purchasing Paddy Dillon's book "The Mountains of Ireland" in 1994.I had only climbed 9 peaks at that stage so it's taken me another 15 years to achieve my goal.From my research on the internet, I reckon I'm the 13th person to complete all the "Dillon's".Champagne flowed freely on the summit along with the presentation of a plaque in the shape of Carrauntohil .We descended to the gap at the top of the Devil's Ladder and continued onto Cnoc Na Toinne (2,776 ft.).From there we followed the zig zags track down into the Hag's Glen and then onto the finish at 5:15pm in Cronin's Yard. Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/1/comment/4121/
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