Carrantoohil, Killarney

4.9
#4 of 12 in Nature in Killarney
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.
Improve this listing »
Create an itinerary including Carrantoohil
© OpenMapTiles © OpenStreetMap contributors

Carrantoohil Reviews

Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5.0
283 reviews
Google
4.8
TripAdvisor
  • I have climbed this peak three times using three different routes. The most recent time with my son, his friend and my grandson, we used the standard trail from the car park diverting to the Zig Zag....  more »
  • I am not very fit but I did this in around 8 hours. The weather really can change from one extreme to the other. bring proper clothing and footwear. Bring energy food/ snacks and drinks. Have a great....  more »
  • I went the Devil's Ladder route, it is a bit dangerous but there are alternatives that take longer/more walking. Be warned you won't bet a view from the top 80% of the time there'll be mist. But I...  more »
Google
  • 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

Plan your trip to Killarney

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Popular things to do in Killarney

4.9
Duration: 8 hours
4.6
Duration: 3 hours
4.6
Duration: 3 hours
5.0
Duration: 1h 30 min

Side trips from Killarney

4.9
Duration: 8 hours
4.4
Duration: 3h 30 min
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
4.7
Duration: 8 hours

Nature in Killarney

See all ›
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
4.8
Duration: 2 hours

Historic Sites in Killarney

See all ›
4.4
Duration: 1 hour
5.0
Duration: 2 hours
5.0
Duration: 2 hours
4.4
Duration: 30 minutes

Hidden gems in Killarney

4.8
Duration: 2 hours
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min
5.0
Duration: 3 hours

Nearby attractions in Killarney

4.8
Duration: 6 hours
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
4.2
Duration: 4 hours
4.3
Duration: 1h 30 min
4.3
Duration: 1h 30 min
5.0
Duration: 6 hours
4.9
Duration: 3 hours
4.8
Duration: 8 hours

Plans to Carrantoohil by other users

45 days in County Kerry BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular sights Preferences: July, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 47 days in County Kerry BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular sights Preferences: July, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 47 days in County Kerry BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, popular sights Preferences: July Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 47 days in County Kerry BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, popular sights Preferences: July, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 17 days in Ireland BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM March, popular & hidden gems Preferences: March Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 10 days in Killarney BY A USER FROM IRELAND March, popular sights Preferences: March Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 35 days in Belfast, Bushmills & Ireland BY A USER FROM CANADA March, culture, hidden gems Preferences: March, culture Attraction style: Hidden gems Pace: Medium 17 days in Ireland BY A USER FROM UNITED ARAB EMIRATES May, popular & hidden gems Preferences: May Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 17 days in Belfast & Ireland BY A USER FROM SWITZERLAND August, popular sights Preferences: August Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 13 days in Ireland BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, culture, romantic, historic sites, hidden gems Preferences: May, culture, romantic, historic sites Attraction style: Hidden gems Pace: Medium 29 days in Ireland & Northern Ireland BY A USER FROM BELGIUM July, teens, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, extra fast, hidden gems Preferences: July, teens, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife Attraction style: Hidden gems Pace: Extra fast 10 days in Ireland BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems Preferences: January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium
See more plans