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MacGillycuddy's Reeks Area   Cen: Reeks West Subarea
Place count in area: 29, OSI/LPS Maps: 78, EW-KNP, EW-R 
Highest place:
Carrauntoohil, 1038.6m
Maximum height for area: 1038.6 metres,     Maximum prominence for area: 1038.6 metres,

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Caher Mountain Cathair A name in Irish (Ir. Cathair [OSI 1:25,000], 'stone fort') Kerry County in Munster Province, in Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish 900s Lists, Purple sandstone & siltstone Bedrock

Height: 1,000.0m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 78 Grid Reference: V79261 83891
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Longitude: -9.758549, Latitude: 51.994449 , Easting: 79261, Northing: 83891 Prominence: 99.76m,  Isolation: 0.3km
ITM: 479237 583950,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Caher, 10 char: Caher
Bedrock type: Purple sandstone & siltstone, (Ballinskelligs Sandstone Formation)

According to Ó Cíobháin, this mountain is also known as Cathair na Féinne, 'stone fort of the Fianna'.   Caher is the third highest mountain in Ireland. Caher is the third highest point in county Kerry.

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Follow this place's comments Picture about mountain Caher (<i>Cathair</i>) in area MacGillycuddy
Picture: Looking SW to Cahir from Carrauntoohil. mv
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Short Summary created by Harry Goodman  21 Dec 2011
Park off road near V7715087050 starA, the start of the concrete Hydro Road leading up to L. Iochtair. Although a bit of a slog it is a sure way to the Loch V 777 856 starB and the real start of the climb up to Caher. Keeping the Loch to the left, head S over Pt. 442 to gain the NW spur V776 852 starC of Caher. Head up left (SSE) initially over tussocky grass interspersed with some stoney ground and then, nearer the first top (Caher W Top) over steeper and much rockier ground. From the summit cairn of CWT drop down a short way (less than 100m) ESE to a grass and stone covered saddle before climbing up in the same direction to Caher summit a further 200m along. This top is excellent both for a close up view of the main mountains in the Reeks and as the start of a high level route to Carrauntoohil. The route also has the advantage that it passes over Cahir W Top on the way and provides an opportunity to bag it en route. Linkback: Picture about mountain Caher (<i>Cathair</i>) in area MacGillycuddy
John Finn on Caher, 2004
by John Finn  1 Sep 2004
My son and I did the Coomloughra Horseshoe on 30th August starting at Lough Acoose. We parked at the eastern end of the lake by a layby where there is a waymarker for the Kerry Way. If there is a distinct path up to the lower slopes of Caher we could not find it and it was a bit of a slog over damp ground before we got on to the mountain proper. From there on it was an enjoyable walk up the side of Caher looking down into Coomloughra Glen and as we walked the clouds began to lift. We reached the summit of Carrauntoohill after three hours of a fairly leisurely
pace and one long stop. Visibility was good and there was a very moderate wind so we decided to continue across the ridge to Beenkeragh. This ridge tends to frighten a lot of people off what with
descriptions of it being a knife edge and the like. It ain't that bad and certainly within the competence of anyone who can get the summit of Carraun in the first place. It is pretty exposed in
places and so is probably best avoided in poor weather conditions. Keep to the skyline as much as possible but if your nerve fails you you can drop down a bit to the side in the tricky parts. The latter part of it is a pleasant ridge walk and then it's a short and easy scramble up to the summit of Beenkeragh. The descent from Beenkeragh down to the Skregmore ridge requires care as its stewn with boulders. From there on it's a pleasant walk across the Skregmore ridge. We descended the steep slopes down to the old hydro works at Lough Eighter. Then it was another hard slog across damp and marhsy ground in places until we reached the car. It took us
seven and a half hours in total. In retrospect I think it's better not to start at Lough Acoose and to take the old hydro path (clearly marked on the OS maps) instead. I prefer to do it CCW even though it goes against the principle of sharp ascent and easy descent. Either way the hydro path
affords the easiest approach and finish for the walk, in my opinion. All in all the Coomloughra Horseshoe is a physically challenging day out and provides some of the most spectacular mountain scenery in Ireland. The photo, taken on the lower slopes of Skregmore, shows the Coomloughra Glen with Caher on the right and Carrauntoohill on the left. Linkback:
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Picture: Caher's exposed ridge.
simon3 on Caher, 2006
by simon3  6 Jan 2006
Caher is at just over 1000m and as you move east from it towards Carrauntoohil you will stay at over 900m for nearly 500m. This photo shows what it looks like in typical winter conditions, the snow starting to accumulate into a cornice. Linkback:
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Fergal Meath on Caher, 2007
by Fergal Meath  24 Jan 2007
Encountered the magnificent Caher whilst doing the Coomloughra horseshoe ascent to Carrauntoohil. The wind was a bit high so the group decided not to do the Beenkeragh ridge but instead we descended by the scree slope into Coomloughra glen. Would not recommend this descent as we ran into steep ground and had to negotiate a couple of crags. The peak to the left is Caher with its West top to the right as seen from the ridge across to Carrauntohil. Linkback:
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sliabh on Caher, 2004
by sliabh  22 Jan 2004
This is a shot of Caher taken from Carrauntoohil on 29/12/2003. It was a fabulous day to do the Cooloughra Horseshoe. We had snow on the ground and an inversion layer formed as we got higher.
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We did the horseshoe up Beenkeragh and down Caher so we didn't have the slog up to Caher. Its much more pleasant as a descent Linkback:
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Picture: Ridge to Caher from Carrauntoohil
wicklore on Caher, 2008
by wicklore  10 Sep 2008
A tourist I spoke to recently talked about seeing Ireland as a mystical land, with verdant glens and misty heights. He thought that there is a essence to the Irish landscape not found elsewhere. This photo I took of the ridge leading up to Caher from Carrauntoohil perhaps captures some of that essence. Linkback:
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