14km (8.5 miles)
1050m (3444ft)
Height gain
MacGillycuddy’s Reeks
Mountain range

Carrauntoohil – guided ascent of Ireland’s highest mountain (Hard/Strenuous)

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Carrauntoohil is located in County Kerry and is the prominent peak in the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks
mountain range. Meaning ‘Tuathal’s sickle’ it is the highest mountain on the island of Ireland at
1,039 metres (approx. 3,400 ft).

Please note this hike is graded as ‘Strenuous’ and requires a good level of fitness, it is not suitable for beginners.

About Carrauntoohil guided hike

Starting at Cronin’s Yard the hike heads into the Hag’s Glen and ascends via the Devil’s Ladder (the
major access route to the mountain) to the saddle at 734m.

Turning right we then ascend the mountain via a broad spur to reach the prominent summit cross at 1039m.

We retrace our steps to the saddle before heading down the zig-zag path to rejoin the track in the floor of the Hag’s Glen and return to our start point.

This hike is on rough mountain path which is rocky and slippery in places. Good mountain footwear is essential and you may be turned away by the guide if you arrive in runners.

(Please note: Strictly no dogs allowed)

MEETING POINT Car park at Cronin’s Yard (GR V 836 873) | 09.15 – 09.30 start
HIKE TIME Approx. 6 hours
TERRAIN Rocky mountain paths and steep mountainside
EQUIPMENT Good waterproof boots and waterproof clothing are essential; walking trousers are advised or comfortable athletic clothing, (NO jeans please); spare warm layer; hat and gloves; lunch and/or snacks; water or juice drink, (1.5 litres); small rucksack to carry it all in.
There is no transport available from Dublin for this hike
Professional mountain leader with first aid certification and full insurance.
Insights into the history, flora and fauna of the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks
Specialist hiking clothing.
Food and drink.


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