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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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GWPR on Carrauntoohil, 2002
by GWPR  2 Dec 2002
Carrauntoohil from the Beenkeragh Ridge Feb. 2001.
The picture, I hope says it all! Linkback:
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Picture: 'Caraun"in the distance. Hags Glen and the Ladder, centre and left and The Bone descent in the foreg
stevet on Carrauntoohil, 2007
by stevet  6 May 2007
April27.2007. Flew home from the States to climb "Caraun".Had climbed many other mountains in Kerry and Cork but never the highest peak. Weather was beautiful and a perfect day for climbing. Very easy to find Cronnins yard just follow the road to Killorglin, take the left turn for Gap of Dunloe and Glencar and follow signs for Carauntoohil. There are new shower facilities and a snack bar etc there but were not open yet. For an inexperienced hiker or one afraid of the stories of this mountain the route up and down the ladder is definitely the easiest way given that the weather is good. The weather is probably the most important factor in determining your route or the climb at all. Met another "climber" at the start of the day and decided to hang with him for the climb.Here I was with pocket GPS, goretex gear and layered for the worst and my walking buddy James from Tyrone is setting off with a coat, two bottles of water in a plastic bag and walking in black dress shoes. Yet we made it to the top in 21/2 hours. The ladder is a climb but when dry is not too bad. In wet conditions it would be a different story. I left my friend James to descend via the ladder and I headed off over Cnoc na Toinne, Cnoc an Chuillin, Cnoc Coilmin Mor, Maoilin Bui, Cnoc Na Peiste, back to Maoilin Bui and down the Bone. Each ridge after "Caraun" takes about 30 mins to climb and descend and again in good weather is not too difficult. Low visibility would make it a very different climb. The bone desent is fairly straight forward and probably easier than the ladder and if you veer towards the North halfway down from which you can see the path and the forrested area by Cronnins yard you will save some time.
All in all the distance travelled by this circuit read only 91/2 miles on my Gps. It took six hours and twenty minutes at moderate pace. Unlike the New England peaks, Mt Washinton (NH), Kathadin (Maine) where you have to climb above tree line for views, here the views are spectacular from the start. Like any mountain come prepared and pay dilligent attention to the forecast. A great climb and I cant wait to come back and do the other ridges and loops Happy Climbing. Slan. Linkback:
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Picture: Above the clouds approaching the summit of Carrauntoohil, MacGillicuddy's Reeks. Photo: Mick Crowley
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by MickC  8 Feb 2011
No longer a virgin! Have finally climbed the highest mountain in Ireland and my first time walking in Kerry! And boy did it live up to my expectations – and more. A long hard day in fabulous conditions – hard frost and clear blue skies. Up onto Knockbrinnea straight from the car park at Lisleibane. Onto Beenkeragh, with a fabulous view of the Hag’s Tooth, and then along the ridge to The Bones and finally the top of Carrauntoohil. Stopped for a quick lunch on the top as we were conscious of finishing the horseshoe and getting off the Reeks before dark. Around onto Cnoc na Toinne - Cnoc an Chuillinn - Cnoc an Chuillinn East Top - Maolán Buí - Cnoc na Péiste – scramble across The Big Gun – and finally onto Cruach Mhór. From the top of Cruach Mhór headed NW, through the boulder field, keeping Lough Cummeenapeasta on our left. Across the Gaddagh river to the Hag’s Glen and back to the car 7hrs later just as it got dark. What a day. Best I’ve ever had in Irish mountains. Can’t wait to get back. Linkback:
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sliabh on Carrauntoohil, 2004
by sliabh  20 Jan 2004
The weather on the 29th of December 2003 was stunning. With sno won the ground an inversion layer formed and we had some of the best views of the mountain I have seen for years while doing the Coomloughra Horseshoe. More views at Linkback:
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Picture: Carrauntoohil Summit Cross
deandarvill on Carrauntoohil, 2005
by deandarvill  30 Aug 2005
Walked MacGillycuddy’s Reeks Ridge in September of 2004. Started from Breanlee and finished at Kate Kearney's Cottage. Beautiful weather a perfect days hill walking. Linkback:
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Picture: Carrauntoohil & Beenkeragh
deandarvill on Carrauntoohil, 2005
by deandarvill  4 Sep 2005
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