Carrantoohil, Killarney

4.9
#4 of 12 in Nature in Killarney
Must see · Mountain · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Climb up Carrantoohil for breathtaking views atop Ireland's highest peak. There are several paths to the top, but most people take the northeast route. Alternatively, you can take the "horseshoe" trip and climb from the west. While you don't need special equipment, be careful of loose rocks and wear dependable hiking shoes. Once you've ascended, you'll be rewarded with the awe-inspiring sight of three bowl-shaped valleys and their lakes surrounded by mountains. A steel cross was erected here in 1976. Consider hiring a guide if you are an inexperienced hiker. For travelers who use our custom trip planner, Killarney holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Carrantoohil and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • There is no fresh water supply along this route so be sure to bring sufficient quantities with you.Large parts of it are loose shale rock so footing is very precarious. This is not a climb for an...  more »
  • It was a windy and wet day but still was lovely as we had the right type of gear. Bring extra layers as it is cold up on the top.  more »
  • Recommended decent using the ZigZag route in Cnoc Na Toinne as Devils Ladder is a tough climb never mind decent. Overall incredible hike with great views from the top.  more »
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  • Once at the top you will say it was worth the climb. Coming down is fun.
  • I was blessed with wonderful weather. Few trails leading to the summit for more or less advanced, so everybody will find good way for himself.
  • Tallest mountain in Ireland. Good gear needed for hike. On a clear day, breathtaking
  • Interesting read didn't realize Ireland had such a high mountain, I thought Ireland was just hilly with deep valleys
  • We did it top of the point and crossed devil. Its very nice nature.. Carrauntoohil is the highest mountain on the island of Ireland at 1,038.6 metres. Located in County Kerry, Carrauntoohil is the central peak of the MacGillycuddy's Reeks, Ireland's highest mountain range

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