Iveragh Mountain Climbing In A Wild Tangle Of Hills

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Iveragh Mountains

Glencar, Caragh Lake, Killorglin, Glenbeigh, Waterville, Sneem, Parkinsilla, Kenmare.

Iveragh Mountain Climbing, South and South-West of the Reeks is a wild tangle of hills and the road through these over the Ballaghbeama Gap is a convenient route for starting the climbs to the peaks of Iveragh Mountain Climbing.

Broaghnabinnia (2,440ft) is a fine cone, and the nearby Knock-Mullaghanattin (2,539ft) west of Ballaghbeama Gap is the starting peak of a varied ridge running southwest to Sneem.

Iveragh mountain climbing includes numerous lakes in cliff-bound corries and unexplored rock climbing possibilities.

The Glenbeigh Horseshoe

Near Glenbeigh the circuit of the hills from Seefin (1,621ft) around to Drung Hill (2,104ft) is one of the finest ridge walks in Ireland. (PS this is where Maurice slipped off, and scratched his knee) Coomacarrea (2,541ft) is the highest point on the walk and the going is delightful throughout.

Magnificent views are to be had over Iveragh Mountains and across Dingle Bay to the Dingle Peninsula.

Coomasaharn Lake has some of the finest cliffs for the rock climber.

The old road (over Windy Gap between Seefin and Coolroe mountains) from Glenbeigh to Glencar is a worthwhile walk and the vista of rocks from the gap summit is a joy.

My father considered a walk among the mountains as the equivalent of churchgoing. ~Aldous Huxley


This isolated mountain (2,267ft) near Cahirciveen is an easy climb and is a splendid viewpoint for the Iveragh Mountains and the Dingle Peninsula.

Kenmare District

Kenmare is a convenient centre for the southern slopes of Killarney Mountains and for Knockaunanattin range.

Nearby also are many easy 1.000footers. The old road to Killarney is a worthwhile ramble (via Gowlane Cross, Windy Gap, and the back of Torc Mountain)

The Beara Peninsula (Which Kerry shares with Cork) is convenient to Kenmare, and endless cross-border mountain walks are to be had, from Kenmare to Glengarriff.

Not to mention Wiskey In The Jar.

"As I was going over the Cork and Kerry Mountains, there was Captain Farrell, his money he was counting, At first he produced his pistol, then I produced my rapier----A Dum Daree Doo Daree Daaa Da Doo De Dareeoo" (I’ve Forgotten the words. Email them to me if you can).

Now back to climbing!!

From Clonee (8 miles southwest of Kenmare) a long, lake filled glen runs up country to the County border, and an exciting ramble can be had over to Barley Lake above Glengariff.

For geologists, the district east of Kenmare, through Kilgarvan to Morley’s Bridge is full of splendid examples of glacial action. Northwards, the Moll’s Gap district is also of great interest.

Boughil Mountain (2,065) and Knocklomena (2,097) are hills west of Moll’s Gap.

If you have any experiences on Mountain Climbing, hill walking around The Iveragh Peninsula, please send me an email and I will include it on this page. Thanks Tom.

My Experiences On The Iveragh Mountains

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