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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  • The traditional walking route is via the Carrauntoohil trail, a 4 to 6 hour (12km) route via the Devil's Ladder on the MacGillycuddys Reeks Mountains, Co. Kerry. Unfortunately, this particular trail h...  more »
  • The highest peak of Ireland (1041m n. p. m.) The route to the top of the book with one exception quite steep approach the central part (called the Devil's ladder). The route (no marking) small movement.
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  • a group of us climbed Carrantoohill in February 2018. We used a guide (recommended) and we were very lucky with the weather. The group had different levels of fitness but were all complete novices. It...  more »
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  • Highly recommend this hike. But be better prepared than me. Running shoes are light and great for the Devils Ladder but will get you in trouble on the way down the snow covered peak. Basically made us slide from the peak to the ladder.
  • a good day out, for anyone who loves been outdoors. it's a good climb it helps clear your head. the views or second to none mother nature at her best. a breath of fresh air and more than a lung full
  • Amazing day like 10 hours trip from cork but was worth it :) great views from the top but really all the place around was so nice. Difficult way lots of ice at 👿 ladder and lots of snow and windy after devils ladder. 100% 👍
  • Snow today and next few days use yr.no to check weather forecast this mountain has very changeable weather do your research be very careful and have lots of water,warm hats gloves jackets rain gear and food sandwiches etc .for long trek up and down.Always bring mobile phone to ring emergency services fog is always risk also as is slippy rocks .Wear good grip hiking boots even ones for ice in winter just in case it snows on way up or down .Check with locals weather trends never just chance climb and never ever climb in dark always give plenty of time
  • Quite challenging wintery approach through the 👿 ladder. Unforgettable experience and scenery.
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