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“The most amazing day of our trip”
Review of Carrantoohil

Carrantoohil
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$148.20*
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Ring of Kerry Rail Trip from Dublin
Ranked #6 of 115 things to do in Killarney
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Owner description: Ireland's highest peak.
Reviewed September 20, 2012

Climbed Carrantoohil with our guide, Piaras, from Kerry Climbing. It was an amazing day and we learned so much from being with him. We will never forget it!

5  Thank ireland2010Colorado
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Reviewed September 14, 2012

To give context: we are a family of 4 with boys aged 11 and 14 who are fit and determined hikers. We normally take much less time to complete hikes than the guidebooks say. We chose not to do the Devil's Ladder after reading it was unsafe, so instead opted for the 'horseshoe' circuit recommended in Lonely Planet's Hiking in Ireland guide. It starts at the carpark near the hydroelectric road and goes via Mt Caher, then onto Mt Carrantouhil then Mt Beenkeragh and down to the carpark again thus taking in Ireland's 3 highest peaks in one day. LP describes the route in a clockwise direction but anti-clockwise is better as you conquer Carrantouil before you have to attempt the scary part of the walk, so if you get cold feet you can turn back and you have at least already ticked off the highest peak. Great views when the clouds cleared, but a tough old 8.5 mile walk according to our GPS and very slow at 8 1/2 hours which included a lot of stops. First challenge was a VERY boggy plain between the end of the hydroelectric road and the spine of Caher. Took us 30 minutes just to find a way across this. After that a straightforward slog up Caher and then along to Carrantouhil (very cold up here though). Nasty part came after that, crossing the ridge between Carrantouhil and Beenkeragh. I don't know if there was a path here - if there was, we failed to find it. So for us it meant a lot of climbing/scrambling and it felt very exposed especially as the wind was very gusty. We needed two free hands and sometimes one of us to push/pull my younger son up the biggest/steepest rocks. We found that part scary, mainly because we just weren't sure we were in the right place (we were on the left side of the ridge). Anyway we survived but it was the most hair raising part of the day. The way down is then straightforward though we got caught in rain and all slipped over a few times so had quite a few small cuts and bruises by the end. Nevertheless 3 out of 4 of us voted it the best day of the holiday because of the sense of achievement, (my younger son wasn't convinced!) and on a warm sunny day I'm sure the views would make up for anything else. My advice: take lots of hot chocolate even if going in August and leave loads of nice snacks (more than you think you'll want) and preferably more hot choc and a change of very warm dry clothes in your car for when you get back! And if it's windy, think twice about the Beenkeragh ridge unless you're quite plucky!

4  Thank wasabadger
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Reviewed September 13, 2012

Beautiful Scenery, the only thing is the road is very narrow leading up to it so be careful, it is worth it in the end.

1  Thank Owensheehan
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Reviewed September 11, 2012

Positive points: the possibility of being on the highest point of island and the beautiful view.
Negative points: the absence of a good path and the lack, in some points, of good indications.

1  Thank Matteo S
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Reviewed September 9, 2012

Just back from Carrauntoohill yesterday and it was a fantastic hike. Our group parked at Lisleibane car park which is free and started out in perfect weather. We opted for the Brother O Shea Gully route over the Devils Ladder route and it doesn't take long after turning towards the gully before you are rewarded with a beautiful view of a couple of pristine lakes. The going then gets tough through the gully with 2 steep sections with a lot of loose rock but at a slow and steady pace it is very doable. Then the last little ascent is to the peak which had clear views on all sides as we had our lunch on top. The whole hike took around 7 hours up and down the gully at our leisure and I would highly recommend it any day the sun comes out.

Thank CiarraiOnTour
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