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Carrantoohil, Killarney

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#4 of 11 in Nature in Killarney
Mountain 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. Put Carrantoohil on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Killarney travel itinerary planner.
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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 »
  • As of the last four years, there are no dogs allowed on this range of mountains - there was sheep worrying by tourists dogs. So we didn't get out of the car park and went to the coast instead. Strange...  more »

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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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