Carrauntoohil 1038.6m mountain, MacGillycuddy's Reeks Kerry Ireland at
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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:
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