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Review of Carrantoohil

Dunloe, Killarney, Ireland
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Ranked #3 of 49 Attractions in Killarney
Type: Mountains, Outdoors
Activities: Running
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Owner description: Ireland's highest peak.
Letterkenny, Ireland
2 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2012

What a great feeling it was to step onto the summit of Carrantuohill under the careful guidance of Richard Clancy, mountain leader and native Irish speaker of the area. Richard very generously agreed to give of his time and guided me safely to the summit of Ireland's highest peak and back safely to the bottom. We were accompanied by his loyal companion, his red setter, aptly named 'Rua'. B'iontach an rud e la a chaitheamh le cainteoir duchais Gaeilge a bhfuil fiorbhlas na Gaeilge aige. Ni bheadh leisc ar bith orm Risteard a mholadh mar threorai d'aon duine no d'aon ghrupa, agus na dean dearmad ar 'Rua'! Le buiochas o chroi.
R, Leitir Ceanainn.

Visited August 2012
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Issoire, France
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57 reviews 57 reviews
18 attraction reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
“Nice walk, nice human experience with Pat Falvey”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2012

Thanks a lot dear Pat Favey for having guided us till the top of Carrantoohil, I will remember for a long time this nice walk. Absolutely need a guide to walk on this mountain more dangerous than it appears. It's a very steep and sleepy, danger is everywhere because of the wind, the lack of visibility (for the less misty, sometimes showers, not really often good weather conditions), and moreover because of the configuration of the mountain (lot of scrambled paths). If you choose the Devil's ladder, be absolutely carefull : it's straightforward, but very steep, and lot of stones falls (as if it were a dry waterfall). The walk is particularly busy on saturdays, with people who don't sometimes think about the dangers of the mountain : accidents happen really often. At the summit, giant view between two clouds, what make the place particularly spectacular. Once more, and if I may give an advice, take a guide, and more, if I may say so, a good one ... The group we have formed with Pat Falvey was composed of people of every levels, and I hope the links we have created between ourselves will still continue for next walks.

Visited August 2012
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33 reviews 33 reviews
9 attraction reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Tough but fab climb avoid the Ladder!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2012

Went up by Br Sheas Gully on a clear and warm day! Gusts were tricky but a fantastic ascent. The group leaders decided to descend via the Devil's Ladder! I wouldn't recommend this route down, too dangerous and loose rock everywhere!

Visited June 2012
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Western Ireland, Ireland
18 reviews 18 reviews
15 attraction reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Rays visit.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2012

This is the highest mountain in Ireland and it must be treated with respect otherwise it will have you big time. Think what you are doing and no problem even with teenage kids and trainers ( I have seen there) Allow about 7 hours. Make sure you are ok health wise and beware of the strain it puts on the knee joints,NOT going up but coming down. Take a back pack, drinks eats small first aid kit whistle, usual gear. HINT, wear one of the man made material shirts that allow wicking of sweat, dont go for cotton like stuff. The cotton soaks up the sweat. Damp wet patches arms and back with the back pack on. When you stop for a rest the air gets to the damp patches and you become cold very quick. Wicking gets rid of the damp and cold spots so you keep warm. Park at one of the free car parks, heed the warning signs and follow the path. The lead-in is a long path that leads to Jacobs ladder/ devils staircase or whatever name. A steep uphill scramble over loose stone- rock- water course to the top. It may be a pain in the butt but stay on this path up, dont veer off onto the smooth grass at the sides. I saw 2 women coming down as they thought on the easy grass slope at the side, what they didnt see but I could, was the grass was sloping more and there was no hand foot holds their decent speed was increasing and they were headed to a 60' free fall which was out of their view, I moved over to them quick and called them to a slow and I had to jam my carbon poles into the grass slope in front of them so they could use it as a stop hold to halt their fall. The poles held and the 2 were pulled back to the boulder path. They went into shock but were ok. so dont stray.. keep straight.. At the top of the ladder, turn right and keep going up to the cross at the summit. Enjoy and come back. It started snowing when I was there so Merry Xmas to all my readers. Come down the first decent to where the top of the ladder is and here you can go back down the ladder or if you look to your left there is another decent called Heavens Door, this is another marked decent path but watch out for about 3 separate stages of 20' free climb down.No problem if you think first. and home james. Dont forget the camera. Make sure you have the clothing gear for the weather

Visited June 2012
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Limerick, Ireland
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162 helpful votes 162 helpful votes
“Dacent Kerry Folks”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2012

Cronins Yard is a friendly welcoming place to begin climbing or to enjoy the low level walks. It also happens that John is a experienced member of KerryMoutain Rescue so its fitting that some benifits comes back.
Its suitable for Parking, tea, cake, soup etc, showers and camping with permission with reasonable donations/costs.

Visited July 2012
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