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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. Put Carrantoohil on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Killarney travel itinerary planner.
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  • Carrauntouhill is the highest of the McGillicuddy's Reeks, and can be ascended from Beaufort, Killarney. There is a short walk to the bottom of the mountain, then up the scree known as The Devil's Lad...  more »
  • We did the Devil's Ladder up as we couldn't find any other path. It was fine as it was dry (minus the flowing water on the ladder) but I wouldn't recommend coming down this way unless you are very exp...  more »
  • I took a tour up Carrauntoohil this February when the weather was not on our side (rain, extreme wind, cold, etc). It was very challenging with the powerful gusts and the Devil's ladder being flooded ...  more »