Carrantoohil, Killarney

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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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  • We left the cronins yard parking before attacking the ascent of the carrantoohil through the devil's ladder. There are 3 parts: from parking to the devil's ladder (no particular difficulty), the devil's ladder in it even that requires a certain physical fitness and lots of caution and finally the climb to the steep summit with a lot of wind. Should be good shoes and warm clothes as the temperature drops when you go up. For the return we took the same way up at the top of the devil's ladder to go up towards the top in front and down a zigzag path, more simple and safe as a descent of the devil's ladder. Overall, we have 2 hours and 20 minutes to reach the carrantoohil then 2 h 20 back down, up the mountain in front and back down to the parking lot of cronins yard. In the end: 4 h 40 to 14, 5km, beautiful landscapes and a nice Sport touring. Be careful!
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  • To start with we headed down from Meath on Friday afternoon, on arriving we met John from Croinin's Yard who couldn't have been more helpful. After pitching the tent and enjoying the views we settled ...  more »
  • Two days ago i had one of the greatest experiences in my life. I met up with the experienced guide john o'sullivan and two other guys,clive and noah (not sure about the spelling)and climbed up carrant...  more »
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  • Really nice hike to climb the highest mountain in Ireland, specially via the Devil's Ladder. Adequate hiking shoes and equipments are highly recommanded. If you don't have experience in mountaineering you should hire a guide. Really enjoyed the climb twice!
  • This was an amazing experience and adventure. I'm not in that good of shape so we took a good number of breaks to take photos and eat gas station sandwiches (which are great in Ireland btw.) It took us a total of 8 hours to get up and back down. I was exhausted at the end, but would do it again in a heartbeat.
  • Great hike. You can have the challenge of hiking up Devil's Ladder, and then come down by the longer Eastern route (it's faster).
  • Exciting climb up Devil's Ladder, fantastic views at the top. My favourite mountain to climb to date.
  • A great challenge. Make sure you are not too easily scared. Especially if you take the devil's ladder route. Fortunately had clear skies so had a great view.

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Where to stay in Killarney

Travelers visit Killarney for the national park surrounding it, and there are plenty of places to stay in town that capitalize on the natural beauty of the valley setting. Because of its popularity, Killarney has more hotel beds than any other town or city in Ireland other than Dublin. Stay at a hotel or hostel in the town's center near the bustling corner of Main Street and East Avenue Road, or find a place along the side streets off Main Street for easy access to tourist shops, local pubs, and restaurants. There are plenty of affordable bed and breakfasts or guesthouses just within walking distance from the center, or you can stay outside of town at a scenic farmhouse or luxurious resort.
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