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Lace up your hiking boots and climb Carrauntoohil in Kerry. Enjoy the magnificent scenery from the summit of the 1,039m high peak, and marvel at the spectacular views.

Standing tall among the Macgillycuddy’s Reeks mountain range in Kerry is Carrauntoohil, Ireland’s highest mountain. Begin the epic climb that can take anywhere between four to six hours.

Carrauntoohill is a difficult hike, best suited to experienced hikers. There are three routes to the top - The Devil’s Ladder route begins at Cronin’s Yard and follows the path up through Hag’s Glen valley, crossing the gentle Gaddagh River. You can also choose from Brother O’Shea’s Gully route or the Caher route. All three trails treat you to views of lush valleys, serene lakes and rich green forests.

Mark this major milestone with a photo at the Carrauntoohil cross. Soak up the views of dramatic mountain peaks and rugged ridges, with the Gap of Dunloe to the east and Glencar to the west.

Why we like it
  • Choose one of three routes.
  • Have a picnic on Ireland’s highest mountain. 
  • Enjoy spectacular views at the summit.
  • See the Carrauntoohil cross.
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Carrauntoohil, Coomcallee, Co. Kerry, Ireland
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