Carrantoohil, Killarney

4.9
#4 of 11 in Nature in Killarney
Climb up Carrantoohil for breathtaking views atop Ireland's highest peak. There are several paths to the top, but most people take the northeast route. Alternatively, you can take the "horseshoe" trip and climb from the west. While you don't need special equipment, be careful of loose rocks and wear dependable hiking shoes. Once you've ascended, you'll be rewarded with the awe-inspiring sight of three bowl-shaped valleys and their lakes surrounded by mountains. A steel cross was erected here in 1976. Consider hiring a guide if you are an inexperienced hiker. For travelers who use our custom trip planner, Killarney holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Carrantoohil and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • I was warned that the climb up the Devil's Ladder was going to be hard. Little did I know just how tough. The hike up from the parking lot at Cronin's Yard to the base of the ladder is fairly straight...  more »
  • One of the best things you can do for free in Ireland. I would advise you to join a group or at least be a good map reader. This is a v nice hike. It will take approx 6 hours up and down for the avera...  more »
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  • Depending on weather condition, it is a rewarding day hike for somewhat experienced hikers. The peak itself is not very spectacular, but the last kilometre is really worthy, especially if there is some sunshine. Good physical condition needed.
  • A fantastic rocky mountain with loads of route options from simple, but strenuous, hikes to scrambles to high grade rock climbs. Cronin's Yard or Lisliebane are the two most popular starting points.
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