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MacGillycuddy's Reeks Area   Cen: Reeks West Subarea
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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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denisdeasy on Caher, 2003
by denisdeasy  18 Sep 2003
Coming from Carrauntoohil onto the ridge for Caher (An Barr Caol), we met a rotund ruddy cheeked sheep farmer loping along in just t-shirt & shorts, with his trusty sheepdog. After enquiring politely as to our route, and whether we'd gone over the top of the tooth or around, he proceeded to amble in casual fashion off the ridge onto the almost sheer slopes on the western side of Carrauntoohil ! He had said he came up on average once a week, so I'm sure he knew what he was doing - wish I'd taken his photo ! Here's the first peak (983), I think - we were too busy watching the progress of the 'One man & his dog' team to pay attention. This part of the horsehoe is quite easy, with great views back down into the Coomloughra glen, and of the ridge up to Beenkeragh. Linkback:
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denisdeasy on Caher, 2003
by denisdeasy  18 Sep 2003
Here's a view north west from under 983 showing the Coomloughra Glen, with Lough Eighter just visible (?) furthest away, Coomloughra itself, & Lough Iochtar (Eagher) in the foreground Linkback:
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mikek on Caher, 2004
by mikek  11 Sep 2004
Did the Coomloughra circuit in a bit of a hurry on a very warm mid week day in September '04. I agree with John Finn (1/9/04) in his comment on the start from Loch an Chuais; he may also have been following the appoach described in one of David Hermans Guidebooks (Walkers Companion - Ireland). Best to approach from the hydro road and head directly for the W summit of Caher via the obvious shoulder starting S of Lough Eighter (to ascend via Cnoc Breac involves a heathery route). The day was hazy so the views were not what they might have been, but the warm breeze added to the pleasure of being away from a the office desk on a Thursday morning. Would recommend decending in a S direction from the col W of Screig Mhór and head for the W end of Loch Com Lothair. This avoids descending through the ankle wrecking combination of heather and rock that covers the slopes between Lough Eighter & top on the ridge (747m). The swim in Loch an Chuais made a perfect finish to a great day. Linkback:
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BertGielen on Caher, 2004
by BertGielen  6 Nov 2004
Here is a recepy for climbing Carrauntoohil away from the crowds but still in a technically easy way. I took this route just for combining the climb to the highest summit of Ireland with the Kerry Way.
The route follows the whole 4 km stretch of the SW ridge of Caher. The beginning of the ridge is on the track of the Kerry Way and is reached from lough Acoose or from Maghanlawaun.
A wet, boggy part is avoided by descending slightly into the S-side of the ridge (Maghanlawaun-side) and by taking a green gully. On the top of this gully, take a vague path to the left and follow the crest of the ridge (some easy scrambling) (see picture).
The rest of the ridge, up to the summit of rigde is broad, grassy, with two flat sections (the second flat section is point 822 Curraghmore). I took a vague path in the SE-side of Curraghmore, offering some splendid views on Lake Curraghmore and Black Valley and on the steep S-walls of Caher and Carrauntoohill. Linkback:
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Picture: Curraghmore Lake
ned hennigan on Caher, 2006
by ned hennigan  9 Jul 2006
Curraghmore Lake from the start of the Caher Ridge. Looking down into the Black Valley, with Cummeenduff Lough in the lake in the background. Access to the ridge from Curraghmore Lake is either by an easy scramble up the gully to the left of the lake, or by keeping to the grassy slopes to the right of the gully. Linkback:
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Picture: The Caher 'Ridge' from Stuaic Bharr na h-Abhann
eflanaga on Caher, 2006
by eflanaga  17 Jul 2006
From the col below Caher West Top (see for first stage of walk) it is a short climb due east to the main summit. There is a quite distinct path to the small cairn marking the 1001m mark. Because of the cloud I couldn’t see much, but the pictures taken later in the day from the summits opposite (i.e. Skregmore & Cnoc Iochtair) suggest that the views are extensive from here, not least to the south & east. Walkers need to be wary of the sheer drop into the coum to their left as they leave the summit making their way ENE toward Carrauntoohill. There is a track a few metres below the sharp edge (See Simon3’s snow-covered ridge pic below) which may be a safer option for those of a nervous disposition. The mist cleared a little as I passed over areas marked on the map as Faill Dhubh (? Black Cliff) and ‘The Black Mare’ IV 80201 84154 A both of which clearly show the extent of the drop into the coum and Loughs’ Com Lothair (Coumloughra) & Eagher. On the SE side before reaching The Black Mare area the mist cleared as I passed over An Barr Caol (? The thin top) IV 80003 83999 B, allowing me a great view of Lough Currach Mór far below. Care is required when dropping down from the heights above The Black Mare to the saddle which marks the ascent NE to Carrauntoohill – the next stage in this anti-clockwise Coumloughra Horseshoe walk. Linkback:
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