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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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Picture: Looking across to the Eastern Reeks Ridge from Carrauntoohil summit.
The Top of Ireland.
Short Summary created by Harry Goodman,  12 Dec 2011
In the past the most used way up Carrauntoohil was by the Devil's Ladder. In recent years notices have been posted strongly advising that this route should be avoided both in the interests of safety (loose rock) and avoidance of further erosion. Route 1: The Zig Zags. Park at V837 873 A Cronin's Yard (charge) and follow the track SW. After 900m cross a small stream and then, shortly after, the Gladdagh River. Continue on a relatively gentle walk up between L. Gouragh and L. Callee towards the rocky gash marking the Devil's Ladder. At V812 841 B take a ramp left up to the start of the Zig Zags V815 841 C. Follow the winding track up to the plateau V81400 83450 D. Turn right (W) to cross Cnoc na Toinne top and then down NW to the col at the top of the Devils Ladder V80700 83650 E. Go NW up the steep bare slope to V804 841 F and then NNW to the top. Route 2: Park off road V771 871 G at the start of the concrete Hydro Road and follow up to L. Iochtair. Go S and then SE up the long spur to Caher West Top, Caher summit and it's third top before dropping down SE and then E for a superb walk around the head of Cooloughra Glen. Keeping the edge of the ridge to the left follow around and the go up NE to the summit cross. Return by way of ascent. For those so inclined this route also opens up a return by way of the arete to Beenkeragh and then down over Skregmore and Cnoc Iochtair to L. Iochtair and the Hydro Road (An anti clockwise circuit of the Coomloughra Horseshoe.) Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/1/comment/4761/
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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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Picture: View from Lough Eighter
High times
by pplsgod  30 Jun 2010
I took on Carrauntoohil on the 25th June 2010 leading a group from the UK who were doing the five peaks challenge and attempting to do so within forty eight hours. I had never been up here before but I never let that stop me from exploring new horizons. Amongst the group of six walkers I was the only one with map and compass skills so I decided on a route via Caher as I have heard the Devils ladder route has become quite badly eroded in recent times. I also had some selfish reasons in choosing this route as I wanted to tick a few more peaks off my list at the same time

We started at V 772 871 H at the gate to the Hydro track. This track has a steep and punishing start having just jumped out of the car but it quickly warms the legs. Mercifully after maybe ten minutes of walking the track levels off as it turns South at approx V 777 868 I. The track continues with Skregbeg (573m) and Skregmore (848m) on your left hand side before opening up at Lough Eighter and revealing the full view of Beenkeragh, Carrauntoohil and Caher (assuming the weather is clear that is)

After another hop over a locked gate we crossed a flat marshy section of ground before climbing onto the spur that would lead us directly up Caher. We got onto the spur at approx V 776 857 J before following it south-east all the way to Caher West top at V 789 840 K. The last 500m of the spur is steep but thankfully the ground is quite good so progress should not be hindered. By the time we got to the first of the three Caher summits we were dipping in and out of the clouds. The fall away from the West top when heading for Caher in the clouds can be a little worrying if unsure of your bearings so care is definitely needed. The best approach would be to keep well to the right, we were fortunate however, just as I took a safe bearing the cloud cleared just enough for me to get an eyeshot of our target, a small gap in the wall, which seemed to settle the nerves of my fellow hikers

The walk to Caher from the West top is quick, a small amount of uphill climbing remains before the third highest summit in Ireland at 1 metre above 1000m. The small cairn at V 792 838 L is all that marks the top and as we were under some time pressure we did not hand around long either

Crossing the Caher ridge to Carrauntoohil was fantastic, some of the scenery that magically appeared from the cloud was breathtaking. There is a very noticeable track that leads across the ridge which makes navigation a lot easier. We were practically on the summit before we could see the cross marking it at V 803 844 M, the cloud and wind had really picked up during the intervening time, so much so that we only took a few moments to take a few pictures and took off via the same route home. It was a very respectable five and a half hour round trip and a good start to the five peaks challenge for the other guys
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lewvalton on Carrauntoohil, 2008
by lewvalton  7 Jan 2008
Ridge up to Beenkeragh starting behind the great pillar of the Hag's Tooth (guide books we had call it the Hag's Tooth ridge) is a superb scramble. Go up to it via the steep grassy gully up to the right of the Tooth's base. Arete is longer and somewhat more testing than Brandon's Faha ridge, though perhaps slighly less exposed, but still overall within the same band of difficulty (for scramblers familiar with the UK grades it's a moderate Grade 2). The upper section breaks into two distinct ridges - we took the left hand one. More sustained scrambling here, though again not difficult. Views across to Carrauntoohil and back down to the Hag's Tooth are absolutely stupendous. Beenkeragh ridge to Carrauntoohil is much easier, though exposed if you choose to skyline it, and has all difficulties avoidable by path on the right until the large pinnacle towards the end. To skyline it is not as hard as it looks, otherwise is avoidable at mid height on the left (Coomloughra) flank. Again, works out much easier than first appears. Simple walk up to the summit from there. Magnificent views. Unlike mountains in, say, the Lake District, the great Kerry peaks rise in relative isolation unhemmed by other groups and the views, with the sea so near, are incredibly extensive - you really feel as if you're on the roof of the world. Descent via the hugely eroded Devil's Ladder truly awful. Book suggested 'The Bone' as better alternative. Couldn't be worse.

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milo on Carrauntoohil, 2002
by milo  29 Jul 2002
In about 12 ascents I've never used the Devil's Ladder. Reduce erosion damage by opting for one of the many safe alternatives. Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/1/comment/41/
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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. Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/1/comment/1184/
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