Carrantuohill

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Carrantuohill is the highest peak in Ireland. It is part of Macgillicuddy's Reeks, a rugged twelve-mile ridge which stretches along the southwest corner of the island, not far from the Atlantic shore. It can be approached from any direction, and is basically a walk-up from all directions. Approaching from the northwest is the most rugged route. Always expect heavy wind and precipitation in West Ireland. The Lakes of Killarney and area pubs are also popular attractions.

Elevation (feet): 3,414
Elevation (meters): 1,040
Continent: Europe
Country: Ireland
Range/Region: Ireland
Latitude: 52
Longitude: -9.75
Difficulty: Walk up
Best months for climbing: Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
Nearest major airport: Shannon, Ireland
Convenient Center: Killarney, Ireland

Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

There are 60 trip reports for Carrantuohill.

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  • Log #22239 - by Majella & Robert on Aug 29, 2011
    Wonderful climb up the Devel's ladder with my husband and two sons. Great to have the hot drink at the summit. Beautiful view for 20klms when the cloud lifted. Returned down Heavens Gateway.
  • Log #21716 - by Max Wurr on July 13, 2009
    Straight up the Devil's Ladder (in spite of the plentiful rockfall warnings by Kerry Mountain Rescue). Mostly warm weather, although a fierce wind at the top of the ladder. Mostly clear at the summit...
  • Log #21532 - by Roy Lindman on Dec 06, 2008
    I started from Cronin's Yard, which is a tiny village between Killarney and Glen Car. Last day of November and frost in the air... ...a good day for mountaineering ! One goes towards south west,...
  • Log #20257 - by Sean Mc Nally on Aug 27, 2006
    10 months ago I was given 48 hours to live, after 2 months in intensive care and a painful recovery I wished to climb the highest peaks in Great Britain and Ireland. I Started the climb at Cronins...
  • Log #19219 - by Fintan McCormack on Apr 04, 2006
    It was a great day the best day Iv had in years. And I can wait to do it again because it was something I was exticed about. I loved the whole day the view was total amazing got some lovely pictures...
  • Log #18793 - by Mick on Feb 14, 2006
    From the time I was 10 years old I decided I wanted to stand on top of Ireland. I am now 36 ( took a while ). In April 05, myself and my wife went for it. We set out at 9am from Cronins Farm yard.
  • Log #19004 - by Bert on Feb 02, 2006
    We started at 5 o'clock in the morning as doing it for night- and orientation and wintertraining. Not liking to cross the river that early, we kept it at our right hand side, and wanted to cross it...
  • Log #717 - by Stephen Farley on Oct 05, 2004
    The second peak on a long series of mountains I plan to climb culminating in Everest, then maybe K2. Carrantuohill is a beautiful mountain, the highest in Ireland, reccommended to be climbed by...
  • Log #718 - by Ulick Burke on Oct 04, 2004
    Amazing experience - didn't know what to expect as we were relatively inexperienced. Carpark to carpark took 4 hours in total. Great to see that there are still some untouched parts of Ireland. Went...
  • Log #719 - by Colm Nolan on Sep 20, 2004
    Ascent via Howling Ridge, took us (3) over 5 hours in mist, rain and high wind. A serious route with lots of loose rock. Descent via Devil's ladder and walk out through Hag's Glen in Darkness. Still,...
  • Log #720 - by Jan-Theo Varkevisser on Aug 09, 2004
    Nice peak. I climbed up via the Devils ladder. Had a bit of rain climbing but on top a clear blue sky that lasted for about 2 hours. On the way back to Fossa I followed the Ridge, where I had to use...
  • Log #721 - by Martin Sellicks on June 10, 2004
    "Over the Hill" visited S.W. Ireland for the sixth consecutive year. Our party of 14 chose Cronins Yard as the start. We ascended via The Devils Ladder, keeping close together for safety.
  • Log #722 - by Martin Sellicks on June 09, 2004
    This was our seventh consecutive group holiday to Ireland, and made memorable by the ascent of all 14 in the party. The Devils Ladder needed considerable care. Great exhileration on reaching the top,...
  • Log #723 - by Klaus Gottsche on May 24, 2004
    Stopped by to maintain my geocache on the summit.
  • Log #724 - by Tomás Shinnick on Feb 18, 2004
    A fantastic but chalenging day. We decided to tae one of the most challenging routes for our first crack at Carrauntohill and took the first gully on the left from O Shea's gully and had to do some...
  • Log #725 - by OPC Ul 2003 on Nov 24, 2003
    Well done to all the crowd from the OPC 2003 who summited on Sunday 23rd. Great clear day and the views were great. N*
  • Log #726 - by Elizabeth Kneuer on Oct 23, 2003
    We experienced every sort of weather; snow, rain, sun... A very difficult climb but very rewarding. The waterfalls were so beautiful and the view was amazing.
  • Log #727 - by Bill Godsil on Sep 29, 2003
    Beware of the sheep! As I was coming down the mountain, I stopped to admire the view from a cliff at the top of the Devil's Ladder. As I stood on the edge of the cliff, a sheep bleated from behind,...
  • Log #728 - by Ralph King on Sep 13, 2003
    If you want to escape from Ireland for the day, Carrantuohill seems to be the place. The car park was full of Irish registration plates, but they were all hire cars. I met English, Welsh, Scotts,...
  • Log #729 - by Ewan Allan on Sep 11, 2003
    I felt like I was king of the world up there!
  • Log #730 - by Max Wurr on Aug 26, 2003
    They don't call the northern ascent the Devil's Ladder for nothing. My thighs are still suffering two days later! You need to be pretty fit to make this climb, especially in bad weather. The views...
  • Log #731 - by Enda Sheehy on Aug 19, 2003
    Hi, want to try carrantuohill in the next few weeks. could anyone please tell me how accessible it is to someone without a car? whats the nearest town that bus eireann passes through, is it far to...
  • Log #732 - by Seán Barry on Aug 19, 2003
    BEENKERAGH RIDGE WALK 16 August 2003 Weather ..Early sunshine with cloud building from the West through the late afternoon. Winds were minimal at 2 - 3 MPH with Temps between 20 - 22°C...
  • Log #733 - by Michael Penrose on Aug 13, 2003
    Someone Please tell me the safest Route up Carrantuohill, other than a chopper, many thanks
  • Log #734 - by Brian keane on June 11, 2003
    did'nt see much very misty.how did the sheep get up there?said a prayer at the cross.
  • Log #735 - by Liam Lynch on May 22, 2003
    I went straight up to the top with hardly a break, passing people on the way. But I was so tired I lingered longer at the summit than anybody else - 2 hours. That's when I saw Ireland's highest...
  • Log #736 - by thomas cahill on Jan 06, 2003
    If anyone wants to contact me by address please drop a line..... Thomas Cahill, 37 Bromley Park, Donnybrook, Douglas, Cork, Ireland. As well as Hillclimbing I also do a lot of graphics/art,...
  • Log #737 - by Paddy on Dec 26, 2002
    What a day the peak was a bit foggy but coming down Devil's Ladder had a great view of the lake. The Devil's Ladder was good fun scary at time espically looking back up it but overall a great day
  • Log #738 - by Philip O'Leary on Dec 19, 2002
    Did the Devil create the Devil's Ladder? Whew, that was scarey. :)
  • Log #739 - by Kerry Blair on Nov 05, 2002
    Windswept! Just made it off and back to the car park before a massive storm which would have made things interesting...
  • Log #740 - by Lorna & Malcolm McNaughton on Nov 04, 2002
    Clear on the way up - rain came in on the summit - getting blown over on the way down - rain horizontal & stinging by the lake in the glen - further down, river very swollen, crossing hazardous,...
  • Log #741 - by Pavel Barták on Aug 21, 2002
    Nice walk in a beautiful sunny day together with Juraj and Martin
  • Log #742 - by Joanne on Aug 21, 2002
    Beautiful clear day which gave way to unbelievable sights!
  • Log #743 - by damien wall on Aug 01, 2002
    devils ladder must be treated with respect.A climber in front crossed over and pulled a large down on to my wife hitting her on the hand.We had to go back down and go to Tralee HOSPITAL for stiches...
  • Log #744 - by Tom Day on July 23, 2002
    Started hiking at 8 am in heavy mist. Took our time with Devils Ladder and emerged above the cloud cover to see all the surrounding peaks poking through. Within 1/2 hour the clouds had burned off to...
  • Log #745 - by Richard Casey and Thabo Miller on July 20, 2002
    We climbed up the Devil's ladder and it was far harder than we had expected, it was scarier coming down it though! great car needs to be taken when going down (and up) as the surface is really...
  • Log #746 - by John Little on June 27, 2002
    Climbed Carrantuohill on my birthday. Thanks to the chap who took my summit photo!
  • Log #747 - by Judi & John Friend on June 26, 2002
    After we'd had rain on the previous ten days, we thought we'd attempt Carrantuohill via Hag's Glen. Between showers, we had 'fun' crossing the Gaddagh where walking poles justified their expense, and...
  • Log #750 - by Andy Wood on May 06, 2002
    An excellent walk. Completed the highest peaks in Northern Ireland (Slieve Donnard) and the Republic in 48 hours with two mates, Barry Belt and Andrew 'Stitch' Martin (so called due to lack of...
  • Log #751 - by robert cahill on Mar 04, 2002
    I climbed carrauntoohil last year and the devils ladder was dangerous visibility was zero and it was steep. I had a few accidents and after that iwould never go uup that route again because there are...
  • Log #752 - by Matthew Murphy on Feb 16, 2002
    It was the week before christmas and we all came home for the holidays. Our parents live about 30 min from Killarney. It wasn't to cold that day and we started at around 9am. If I can give you any...
  • Log #753 - by cam brensinger on Feb 04, 2002
    himalayas for ireland! never can be sure what to expect in the mountains... awoke sunday to find it snowing in killarney! i decided to take it a step at a time and make good decisions. when i arrived...
  • Log #754 - by Sean O'Sullivan on Dec 30, 2001
    I wanted to enter an edition to your log to highlight the DANGER of coming down the Devil's Ladder in ice. Find another way down. WE came down yesterday and it was very dangerous. The walk up...
  • Log #755 - by Paul Colwill on Dec 29, 2001
    My friends and I had a continuing yearly vacation theme, to ascend peaks, whenever we had the time and resources to do it. We were all about age 16. One summer we caught the ferry from Cardiff to...
  • Log #756 - by J Beukers on Sep 25, 2001
    In winter, via Cahair and a bit of snow at the summit.
  • Log #757 - by Kjetil Kjernsmo on Aug 22, 2001
    I summitted Ireland's three highest peaks in one beautiful hike! Starting from Lake View campinging at Coornamemeana, I walked fast up to Cathair (Caher), in beautiful weather. Then, I proceeded...
  • Log #758 - by Melvyn Higson on July 22, 2001
    Unlike England you seldom come across any well trodden paths so a compass is more than useful. We made the summit quite easily but did not use the compass for the descent, which lead to an unexpected...
  • Log #759 - by Erling Juul on July 19, 2001
    We went from the parking-place about 4 km nortwest of Carrauntoohil up the "normal way". A very nice walk in beautiful surroundings until the track gets quite steep up a gully southwest of...
  • Log #760 - by David Browne on June 30, 2001
    Completed the ridge walk from Cathair to Corran Tuathail and then on to Binn Chaorach. It was the most exciting walk I have done to date. Aged 10!
  • Log #761 - by Robert Orr on June 24, 2001
    Pity about the rain - beautiful approach. One day I'll see it clear. Dd Beenkeragh as well - ridge comparable to An Teallach and Liathach The summit was covered with black garbage bags...
  • Log #762 - by Lal Hamilton on June 19, 2001
    Fantastic day's hiking. Gaddagh was in full force as we waded across it at usual crossing point. At least 50 other people shared the hill - Ladder in a ..."wet" state! Not as much as a puff...
  • Log #763 - by John Stokes on Dec 29, 2000
    A fine mountain which varies depending on weather conditions - in snow and ice it is a tough winter traverse. Best days on Carrauntohill include; - A night climb of Curve Gully in snow and ice...
  • Log #764 - by David Preston on Oct 22, 2000
    Climbed this with my friend Chris Ratcliffe on 05/10/2000. The weather was good but the summit was covered in cloud as we climbed the Devils Ladder. The views across to the Eagles Nest were really...
  • Log #766 - by David Higgins on Oct 01, 2000
    There are days when it does not rain in this part of Ireland and this was one. But it made up for it before and after with over 32mm. The result was a very wet ascent, with a swollen river and the...
  • Log #768 - by William Topley on June 15, 2000
    It was a clear day when we began but upon reaching the summit clouds came in and it began to snow. The low hanging clouds surrounded us making it difficult to find our path of ascent. Luckily the...
  • Log #769 - by Jay Fee on Oct 18, 1999
    Beautiful hike but more often than not a cloudy experience on the summit. If you see the sign tthat says "ladder gate," you should've already crossed the Gaddagh River. Enjoy the staring...
  • Log #770 - by foinaven on Sep 07, 1999
    Beautiful weather, great hill walk. The ridges are narrow and the drops from the summit Madonna are stunning. Try swimming in one of the many lakes - very exhilerating.
  • Log #771 - by Ennis Jones on July 27, 1999
    Made the climb in a heavy drizzling rain with 3 women I'd met while I was turning back. No one else would be fool enough to climb in this weather, I thought. Turns out there were at least a dozen...
  • Log #772 - by Mike Powers on July 17, 1999
    Can anybody give me a general description of the trails on Carrantuohill?? I plan to hike it in August 1999 with my wife and two sons ages 7 & 8. We are fairly experienced hikers but I am...
  • Log #773 - by Ben March, Dermot Sheils,Fran Powers.f on Jan 11, 1999
    Excellent . More snow next time please !