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Carrauntoohil Guided Hike

MacGillycuddy’s Reeks

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Person Minimum age 13 yrs accompanied by an adult.

Carrauntoohil Mountain Guided Hike

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

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.

This hike is graded as ‘strenuous’ and is not suitable for beginners.


  • Good hiking boots and waterproof clothing are essential (without these you may be excluded from the hike).
  • 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.