Carrantoohil, Killarney

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#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.
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  • Tough trails near the mountains, but incredible views and scenery.Had an incredible time with my husband.  more »
  • Two of us walked up through the gap and down into the Black Valley, its say a 4 hour walk, something like that but God its beautiful. You can walk down into the Black Valley and more or less at the en...  more »
  • The mountain is beautiful, with several lakes on each side. In terms of difficultuy it does not compare to hikes in the Alps, Uintas or Rockies but I was lucky to hike on a beautiful sunny day. There ...  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.
  • Alright listen up, I read real people's reviews and did research online before attempting this climb and I have to say, EVERYONE is downplaying it. I may not be at peak fitness, but I love long hikes. This mountain is only a hike until the lakes. After that, it becomes rock climbing. Going up the devils ladder is difficult enough, but going down is even more terrifying. If you have bad knees, legs, hips, feet, whatever and you can't depend on your weak legs to jump down and not give out, DONT GO UP. I will never understand how some travel bloggers say it takes 6 hours total. It took me 5 EACH WAY. Go early so you're not going down the ladder as the sunlight runs out. Bring poles for the ascent after the ladder and before it. Stow them for the ladder and use your hands. Bring a lot of water. Go when it's been dry and it wont be raining. Start early. When you're done, book a full body massage and take a few advils. It's going to whoop your butt. Keep in mind mountain climbing isn't something I have when I'm home, but something I do when I travel. Four stars because you learn to depend on yourself, challenge yourself, positive talk to yourself and because the views truly are breathtaking.
  • Amazing mountain to climb, 360 views from the top were brilliant
  • 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
  • The view from the top is magnificent! There are a few paths going to the top, the easiest one is ' zig zag' often used as way back, then there is the Devil's Ladder - steep with scree and blocky stones, one of the shortest approach, then you have the O'Shea's gully - long version, going near waterfall and upper lake, the gully itself is a slope with scree and blocky stones.., then there is a Heaven's gate, most beautiful road but not for those which are afraid of hight. You can park and stay in Cronin Yeard where all those paths start.
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