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Views from the summit encompass the sea, the lakes and the hills of County Kerry.

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The more energetic walker or climber will want to climb Carrantouhill (Spelt sometimes with only one L). Carrantouhill towers 3,414ft into the Kerry clouds; dominating the MacGillicuddy`s Reeks range, looking down on the town of Killarney and forces all to admire the splendour of the mountain.

Views from the summit encompass the sea, the lakes and the hills of County Kerry.

There are two other peaks in this range higher than 1,000m —Beenkeragh (1,010 m) and Caher (1,001 m). The peak of Carrauntoohil is topped by a large metal cross 5 metres (16 ft) tall.

The ascent can be made from Beaufort Bridge via the Devil’s Ladder. The school lies on the North side of the mountain at the mouth of Hag’s Glen.

Lough Acoose lies at the west end of the range and is the starting point of the finest ridge walk in Ireland, a circuit of Caher, Carrantouhill, Beenkeragh and Skregmore.

This mountain, although fairly gentle, no liberties should be taken and should not be attempted except in clear settled weather.

There are a number of ways of tackling this mountain but for the climber who is not too experienced a choice can be made of following three main routes.

For all of them take the Killorglin road from Killarney and turn left at Beaufort towards the Gap of Dunloe.

Follow the normal tourist route until after about four miles from Beaufort the road turns sharp right fro the river at the school house at Gortboy.

Take the second track on your left; walk through several farm gates walking above the river. You will go through Hag’s Glen and finally coming onto the two lakes of Gouragh and Callee.

Keeping the summit to the right cross the moor to Devil’s Ladder. Devil’s Ladder is an extremely difficult climb but can be avoided by climbing the ridge to the left of Lough Callee.

This will bring you to the summit of the ridge above the Gap of Dunloe and leads onto a splendid ridge walk to the Saddle.

From the top of the Ladder turn right and up the slope to the summit. You will see a number of ridge walks from here.

A second route is to take the road from Beaufort to Lough Acoose, about nine miles and to turn left by the boithrin just beyond the lake. Head down to the farmyard and start your climb at the ridge before the one in the south west keeping the river that runs to the lough on your left. At the saddle bear left and follow the spine of the mountain to the summit.

This is an easy steady climb; there are variations of the route from Lough Acoose for the more experienced.

The easiest way to climb Carrantuohill is to take the spine from the other side. Continue on the road past Lough Acoose and at the cross roads two miles further on turn left.

Follow this road and after about 2.5 miles bear left. After a further 2 miles stop just before a farmhouse. At this point you will find to your left a narrow track rising to the spine of the ridge to the left. Once you reach the spine follow it right to the summit.

Allow 7-8 hours for the walking and the climbing.

If you have any experiences of Carrantouhill please email me and I will include it on this page, thanks, Tom.

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