Carrantoohil

Carrantoohil, Killarney: Address, Phone Number, Carrantoohil Reviews: 5/5

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Anna M
Dublin, Ireland200 contributions
Jul 2021
It might sound like a small hill, but do not underestimate it! As you start pretty low there is a decent elevation before you got to the top.

I would be really afraid to do it without a proper gear as there are loose rocks on a way that would require good walking boots. The weather can change drastically within minutes so tat has to be taken into account. We were quite unlucky with the weather, it rained most of the time and was really really cold and windy on the top!

But the view is worth the hassle!!
Written 12 July 2021
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Nuala O
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Jun 2021 • Friends
We climbed Carrauntoohil recently under the superb guidance of Mossie Walsh (Mountain Adventure Walks).
Mossie’s knowledge of the mountain, it’s routes, flora & fauna, and folklore, is excellent making the journey so enjoyable.
We were fortunate to have good weather. The views were spectacular. Would highly recommend Mossie as a guide.
Written 4 July 2021
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isabella1970
Armagh, UK163 contributions
Sep 2020
There is no fresh water supply along this route so be sure to bring sufficient quantities with you.Large parts of it are loose shale rock so footing is very precarious. This is not a climb for an amatuer climber. Some of the route is little more that the width of your feet with hundreds of feet of a sheer drop were you to lose your footing.
Written 23 September 2020
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lanmad
Belfast, UK3 contributions
Aug 2020
It was a windy and wet day but still was lovely as we had the right type of gear. Bring extra layers as it is cold up on the top.
Written 22 September 2020
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Martin
Antrim, UK8 contributions
Sep 2020 • Couples
Recommended decent using the ZigZag route in Cnoc Na Toinne as Devils Ladder is a tough climb never mind decent.

Overall incredible hike with great views from the top.
Written 11 September 2020
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Louise M
Galway, Ireland29 contributions
Jul 2020
Great mountain climb. We really enjoyed this. Took about 5 hours and the scenery was breathtaking. Great to have toilet facilities open near car parking area.
Written 9 September 2020
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Roger J
11 contributions
Jul 2020
a huge thanks to Kerry Climbing for getting 2 enthusiastic but inexperienced 50 something people to the top!
Written 5 August 2020
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Wolfhound130
Wicklow, Ireland4 contributions
Sep 2019 • Friends
Best descision was getting a guide for our climb rather than climbing it ourselves....what an incredible experience. From the initial contact with Catherine in the office who replied to my email late at night within an hour of me hitting send ( impressive ! ) the information pre-hike was very extensive and helpful for our preparations. This has been on our bucket list for quite some time. We researched all those providing guided hikes of Carrauntoohil and chose Kerryclimbing because of their stand out experience and professionalism. They also came highly recommended from local tourist offices and any accommodations we asked for advice. They are very highly regarded locally as the best at what they do. On the morning of the climb Catherine met us at the start of the hike to check us in and introduce us to our guides. Again very professional and everyone was warm and engaging and good fun from the get-go. We were guided on the day by Keith and Pearce, both instilled a sense of being in good hands and we started with a briefing on safety before setting off. During the course of the climb you could see the guides were monitoring us at all times but in a non intrusive way. We heard lots of stories about mountain rescues ( both guides are members of the Kerry Mountain Rescue Team ) the geology of how the mountains were formed, even how old the rocks are!! Different wild plants spotted and named along the way. Also I found quite fascinating to hear of the clans that lived in the Hags Glen hundreds of years ago. We could even see Dursey Island from the top and Piaras had a lot of knowledge on the history there, its obvious this guy is a bit of a history buff but the way he passes the information on is quite enthralling. Kerryclimbing are up there with the best guides we've ever used. Thanks guys for a day we will never forget and for the great video, nice touch! If you want a safe day in the Irish mountains book Kerryclimbing for a fun informative unforgettable experience. They are quite simply top of their game.
We will be back to do O Shea's Gully and will most definitely be booking Kerryclimbing again!
Written 23 June 2020
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Steve W
Westcliffe, CO220 contributions
Oct 2018
I have climbed this peak three times using three different routes. The most recent time with my son, his friend and my grandson, we used the standard trail from the car park diverting to the Zig Zag Trail on the way up. We descended the Devils Stairway as there was just no one around except our party which lessened the chance of rockfall. I believe that the Devil's Stairway is best avoided if there are crowds. The danger of rockfall is considerable. The summit was clear this time but it is very often covered in clouds. Without clouds the views are spectacular. Don't underrate this climb. It is a rocky trail, there is some boggy ground (you can usually finesse it with sneakers) and it can be very cold especially at the top. High winds can add greatly to the difficulty. Be sure to take proper footwear and clothing, enough water and snacks and, of course, rain gear. Finding the summit in the clouds is not a problem (follow the trails uphill !) but it can be difficult to remember which way is the correct way down after a stop at the summit. You must avoid wandering to the north of the summit as there is a dangerous cliff that has caused fatalities. A compass would be handy as would a map or guidebook.
Written 18 September 2019
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Ann Marie O
County Kerry, Ireland46 contributions
Oct 2018
I am not very fit but I did this in around 8 hours. The weather really can change from one extreme to the other. bring proper clothing and footwear. Bring energy food/ snacks and drinks. Have a great day. If in any doubt about conditions turn back and be glad you got as far as you did.
Written 4 September 2019
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