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Mangerton Mountain An Mhangarta A name in Irish
(Ir. An Mhangarta [OSI], poss. 'the long-haired (mountain)') Kerry County in Munster Province, in Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish Highest Hundred Lists, Green sandstone & purple siltstone Bedrock

Height: 838.2m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 78 Grid Reference: V98034 80782
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Longitude: -9.48441, Latitude: 51.970284 , Easting: 98035, Northing: 80782 Prominence: 583.17m,  Isolation: 1.2km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 498007 580842,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Mngrtn, 10 char: Mangerton
Bedrock type: Green sandstone & purple siltstone, (Glenflesk Chloritic Sandstone Formation)

The Horses' Glen and the Devil's Punchbowl carve deep hollows on the north side of Mangerton, but the southern flanks form a huge plateau, one of the most extensive areas of mountain wilderness in Ireland. Herds of red deer and sika deer roam this moorland. The northern slopes of Mangerton were the scene of a great battle in 1262 between the MacCarthys and Geraldine (Anglo-Norman) forces, following the rout at Callan Glen near Kilgarvan the previous year. The battle-site is known as Tooreencormick (Tuairín Cormaic, 'little field of Cormac') from the fall of Cormac MacCarthy, brother of the chief Fingen MacCarthy, in this battle. The battle was less decisive than Callan, but as a result of these two encounters the Anglo-Normans were kept out of South Kerry and West Cork for over three centuries afterwards. An alternative interpretation of An Mhangartach may be worth considering: it could be the noun mangart + suffix -ach. Dinneen defines mangart as 'movement' or 'shaking'. Thus the adjective (not listed in any dictionary) could mean 'moving', 'shaking', 'quaking'. This could refer to the physical movement of the bog which is prevalent on the southern slopes, but perhaps it could be understood figuratively as 'vacillating' or 'fickle'. 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.   Mangerton is the highest mountain in the Mangerton area and the 26th highest in Ireland.

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Follow this place's comments Picture about mountain Mangerton in area Mangerton, Ireland on Mangerton, 2003
by  2 Dec 2003
Followed the Tooreencormick Bridle Path up to the Devil's Punch Bowl. Very good path for most of the way. Headed upto the Peak following anti-clockwise from the Lake. The climb up was fine, although some hail did hit near the top. The descent on Eastern side of the punch bowl was loose and in many cases had become a stream. We took it slow and got down fine, but this would be a potentially dangerous section of the walk - especially after heavy rains. Great walk and a great mountain. I recommend Joss Lynam's "Best Irish Walks" for the route desciption. Linkback:
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Mols on Mangerton, 2009
by Mols  1 Jul 2009
I did this climb on 30 June 2009. There was a lot of cloud but I was confident in the weather report that it would clear by mid afternoon (more fool me). We decided to proceed anyway... The way up is a clearly visable path with only one area of confusion - the path seems to break in two with one going to the left of a stream and the other crossing the stream and continuing up - the latter being the correct route. We encountered a party who had gone the wrong path and ended up going through some rough terrain to get to the Punch Bowl. Unfortunatley the cloud didn't lift completely but pockets of clearness meant we weren't disappointed. Of course as we were half way down again the skies cleared to blue !!! A very enjoyable climb and one I will be doing again on a clear day. Linkback:
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Picture: view from the spur, looking towards the head of the Punchbowl with Torc and the lakes of Killarney i
Killarney's gem
by LiamgMurphy  31 May 2013
I have climbed Mangerton on a few occasions at this stage and am always left in awe of theis wonderful mountain on our doorstep. As per the other comments to get to the start of the climb, head out Muckross Road from Killarney and take the left immediately after Molly Darcy's/The Muckross Park Hotel. Head up this road to the sign for Mangerton and after another mile or so you will see the walking track veering off to the right (Point A). More than likely there will be cars parked here already but there is plenty of room here.

Follow the track leading up initial section of the route up Mangerton, passing through a gate. This section can seem like a bit of a slog. Eventually the track seems to even out as you head west leading up to the Devil'sPunchbowl, with stunning views of the McGillycuddy reeks and Torc Mountain. There are the remains of old huts, possibly hunter huts, at the Punchbowl, which is a good spot to stop and have a sandwich and shelter if the wind is cold!

The climb heading south up past the punchbowl is not as tough as it looks from the lake side. A short walk will bring you to the cairn at the back of the cliffs. The view over the punchbowl and right sown to Torc is sublime! This cairn is not the summit! Many people seem to think this cairn marks the summit, however, if you turn your back to the cairn, in the distance (facing south) you will spot a green stake. Head to this stake and you will see the Trig mark ahead of you which marks the summit. This is located on a huge blanket bog so gaiters come in very handy here!!

From the Trig Mark, head back to the cairn near the cliff and head towards the spur ( Point B) and make sure to take care heading down this slope. Take time to take in the stunning view of Lough Ergoh on your right and the Devil's Punchbowl on your left! What a stunning view! Head back down to the mouth of the Punchbowl passing some wonderful yet strange looking rock formations! Then head back down to the car on the original path. A wonderful day out which would take approx 4 hours allowing for a few stops and loads of photos!! Linkback:
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nice short easy hike
by marzka  30 Mar 2015
how to get there?
it's about 5 miles from Kilarney. From town take theN71 ( to Kenmare).. Take left after second car park - signposted 'Margenton 2 & 3/4'.. After about 1 mile, after some sharp turns - take right also signposted for Mangerton. Drive onword for a while and park near bridge, there is plenty of room for parking. Start point is near the climbing worning sign..
I took only small walking: going only on Mangerton and Devil's Punch Bowl - about 3hours
The view is really beautifull.. it's not a big chalange.. definitely worth to go there!! Linkback:
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Picture: Looking out on Lough Leane
The Lake District
by TommyV  14 Jan 2019
Scapania's directions to the start are perfect. It's possible to make a looped walked taking in Stoompa and Mangerton which will allow for great views of so many lakes I won't list them. It's a fabulous hike so I can imagine it gets a lot of traffic hence there is a broken trail all the way from the car park up to Mangerton and even over to Stoompa from here there is a faint trail to follow from countless walkers before you. As a side note, if you want to take in the trig on Mangerton, you will need to head South for about 500 meters away from the great views of the Horses Glen and the Devils Punch Bowl and tackle some boggy, peaty terrain. If not pushed about bagging the trig simply stick to the cliffs over looking the lakes and enjoy the views. Linkback:
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John Finn on Mangerton, 2004
by John Finn  22 Aug 2004
Traversing the Mangerton Plateau with The Reeks in the distance. It was bitterly cold on this winter's day and there was a skinning north wind. Conditions to de-testiculate a metal primate. Just as well I wore my thermal Long John's. Linkback:
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