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“Ireland's Highest Mountain”
Review of Carrantoohil

Carrantoohil
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$130.50*
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Ring of Kerry Rail Trip from Dublin
Ranked #15 of 111 things to do in Killarney
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Owner description: Ireland's highest peak.
Reviewed November 9, 2012

I liked the trek in via the Hag's Glen. The climb up the Devil's Ladder was pretty tough and the scree appears to be much looser than on previous visits. At the top of the Ladder, the view is only wonderful. From there to the summit is quite a walk. The weather on the mountain can change almost immediately so I do recommend proper clothing, map and compass and a whistle. A bivi bag would be very handy as well as some extra rations. Try and leave someone know your intended route.

10  Thank jamesie67
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Reviewed November 2, 2012

Beautiful walk and very invigorating exercise after a day spent in the car. The hill up beyond the waterfall is a bit steep. Just lovely time to spend with nature and it cost nothing at all.

4  Thank TexasMerlot
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Reviewed October 13, 2012

I climbed this mountain a few times. It amazing, Be sure to bring water and some snacks. as even for some good climbers this can take up to 6-7 hours. But its totally worth it. And guess what.. Its free.. and the walk and scenery is amazing, :-)

7  Thank daltonm78
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Reviewed September 30, 2012

Thu 27th Sept saw me tackle the horseshoe from the Hydro path (which now as a dedicated car park) and climb anti-clockwise - against the perceived wisdom of going the other way. My reasoning was that, given the forecast for low cloud and rain, my No.1 target was to summit Carrantoohill and if I couldn't go further then back down via Caher seemed the easier route.

As previous reports stress the hydro path is a killer at the start being so steep over a relatively short distance. Having said that, it was nothing compared to the return trip 7hrs later coming down with tired legs and aching knees!! The path beyond the concrete path is clearly identifiable for most of the way up Caher. At the west cairn, in poor visibility it's necessary to check your bearings before continuing. Best tip would be to continue in the direction you approached the cairn (and to its LHS) and the path becomes clear again. A fairly steady decline then steepish incline and you should be able to see the cross on top of Carrauntoohill. A welcome stone shelter awaits where refreshments can be enjoyed out of the wind.

Now it's decision time. Back the way you came or continue along the horseshoe and the famous Beenkeeragh Ridge? Visibility was still poor at this point but the excellent directions from Kerry Mountain Rescue are 100%. Basically 50m back in the direction you came (230 degrees) then veer right (308 degrees) and descend to pick up the path towards the ridge. Having said that, unless you're confident in navigating AND assured in tackling a ridge in damp conditions and cloud cover then DON'T EVEN THINK ABOUT IT! Had it been anything other than a light wind I wouldn't have contemplated it.

Unfortunately the visibility (or lack of it) meant I couldn't enjoy any views but it forced me to concentrate 100% on picking my way carefully across the rocks. Be careful not to miss the path as you clamber over rocks and boulders - it comes and goes but it is there. On reaching the top of Beenkeeragh it was the same old story....a blanket of cloud! Nothing for it but to descend steeply (and not without a few trips and slips over loose rock and shingle) towards the final, ever reducing peaks of Skregmore. Easy enough to follow and thankfully, once below 800m, I could see further than 30m. This is still quite challenging physically, especially after what has gone before and it still has a few climbs, but it's the homeward journey and time to think about the pint of Guiness back at the guest house!!

Back on the concrete path the only fear is the dreaded, steep decline over the last few hundred metres. There's no short cut here, just grit your teeth and get on with it. All in all a rewarding day taking 4hrs 50mins moving time and 1hr 30mins stop time (6hrs 20mins in total). Total distance was 14.4km with max hgt being 1045m. Total ascent was 1605m (400m more than the Snowdon Horseshoe of Crib Goch, Carnedd Ugain and Snowdon!)

6  Thank Alastair S
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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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