Carrauntoohil Mountain via Devils Ladder – Ring of Kerry

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Carrauntoohil – The highest point of the island located in Macgillycuddy’s Reeks Mountains in County Kerry. It is 1038 meters tall and there are no signs on the routes to the top. 

Hiking Carrauntoohil Mountain via Devils Ladder.

It’s absolutely great trekking destination. If you plan to reach this peak try to start quite early as the road up is not that simple as it may seem. We reached the place from the northern side of the hill and the mountain is most often climbed from this side. There are few tracks taking you to the top of Carrauntoohil. The one we did is called devils ladder route and it’s the most popular one. The beginning of the route is  flat and it’s hard to imagine it turns into so steep slope! Actually I’m not sure if it’s even possible to go down the same way. Everyone was picking the round route down so did we. No special equipment is needed to climb the mountain but be careful, the route has become more dangerous in recent years due to loose stones. There were few times when falling stones past really close to my head. And trekking shoes are advised. On the way to the top you pass two beautiful lakes, which look like human lungs from the top view. Reaching the top took us around 3,5 hours but it’s worth to climb. If you have good weather and visibility the view of the green hills and ocean coast is really amazing. We had unbelievable sunny weather with 28 degrees which is not common temperature in Ireland. Going down from Carrauntoohil takes you another 3 hours. There’s a nice camping site next to the mountains.

There are several trails to the top of Carrauntoohil. We parked near the main area with the tourist information, a small caffee restaurant and a camping place is and chose to climb Carrauntoohil Mountain via Devils Ladder.

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Starting point near the camping field.

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Green bridge – Carrauntoohil

 

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Carrauntoohil route

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Lakes around Carrauntoohil

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Another route to Carrauntoohil on our right

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Devils Ladder route

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Carrauntoohil – view from the Devils Ladder

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Almost at the top of Carrauntoohil

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Carrauntoohil views

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Picnic on the edge of Carrauntoohil

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On the top of Carrauntoohil

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