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Mangerton Area   Cen: Mangerton Subarea
Place count in area: 28, OSI/LPS Maps: 78, 79, EW-KNP, EW-R 
Highest place:
Mangerton, 838.2m
Maximum height for area: 838.2 metres,     Maximum prominence for area: 583.2 metres,

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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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The Devils Punch Bowl...not for the faint hearted
by YoungJohn  27 May 2012
On 14th May. Turned left after the hotel at the Mangerton sign. Followed this road for a mile or so. There is a sign for a viewing point at a t-juncion. Turned right. Followed the road to the end of a pine woods surrounded by a stone wall. A sign stands beside a concrete slab for a bridge. Parked here. Followed Paddy Dillons directions in reverse! followed the path beside the stream to the top where we branched of left for Mangerton Nth Top. Then back for the ridge overlooking the Devils Punch Bowl and to Mangerton itself. Mangerton's summit is directly ahead of the ridge. It is marked by a TRIG not a Cairn, in the bog with a bent metal pole...back to the edge of Mangerton along gleannnacappal to Stoompa.. What spectacular views of lakes, cliffs and a possible eagle sighting! No wonder the normans wanted to invade....the kingdom at its best. 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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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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kran on Mangerton, 2004
by kran  14 Mar 2004
Just climbed mangerton mountain last sunday 7/03/04. Beautiful day, amazing views. Here is a picture over looking the punch bowl and the lakes of Killarney are in the distance. Linkback:
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ibradley on Mangerton, 2004
by ibradley  24 Dec 2004
Did the horseshoe over Mangerton and Stoompa last weekend. The descent from Stoompa was very rough and boggy - not to be recommended! Otherwise, a very interesting route with good views most of the way. An early start is recommended for this walk at this time of the year. 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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