5 Questions about climbing Carrauntoohil

5 questions blog carrauntoohil

Don’t miss out on the opportunity of reaching Ireland’s highest peak when visiting the famous Kingdom of Kerry, right on the Wild Atlantic Way in Ireland.

The experience of reaching the top of Ireland is just amazing- it is such a sense of achievement and you will be blown away by the sheer beauty of the Emerald Isle.

Of course, we are talking about Carrauntoohil….

Carrauntoohil (/ˌkærənˈtuːl/, Irish: Corrán Tuathail) is the highest peak on the island of Ireland. Located in County Kerry, it is 1,038 metres (3,406 ft) high and is the central peak of the Macgillycuddy's Reeks range.
Carrauntoohil (/ˌkærənˈtuːl/, Irish: Corrán Tuathail) is the highest peak on the island of Ireland. Located in County Kerry, it is 1,038 metres (3,406 ft) high and is the central peak of the Macgillycuddy’s Reeks range.

We have asked our experienced guide Darragh a few questions about this amazing activity. Check it out!!

What are your best tips for breakfast ahead of day full of outdoor adventures in Kerry and along the Wild Atlantic Way?

Nothing better than a hot bowl of porridge to start the day I say! And it’s not just about breakfast. Don’t forget your packed lunch and bring plenty of water with you also.

hiking tour Carrauntoohil

Why is the hike up Carrauntoohil special? Can everybody do it?

To be at the highest point on the Emerald Isle is pretty mind blowing. Everybody can do it as long as they take it at their own pace. It’s not about the destination but the journey. Whether you get clear views or not, you give yourself a good pat on the back for getting to the top of Ireland!

Team building on Irelands highest mountain

How long does it usually take the group and how difficult is the hike?

We begin at 0930 A.M. in the morning from Cronin’s Yard and should be down again in the car park no later than 6 P.M.

There are multiple route options and I decide which one best to take based on the size, fitness level of the group. It is Ireland’s highest mountain so I won’t say it’s a walk in the park but there are plenty of stops for water / food breaks to keep those energy levels up.

Is there anything I need to bring? Do you recommend specific clothing?

A good pair of hiking boots with ankle support is the first thing I look for from my clients. Adequate waterproof clothing and not just a rain jacket! Don’t forget the trousers. Avoid cotton. Not good for a day in the hills. Fleece, thermals, hats, gloves…Basically pack for all four seasons!!! Of course don’t forget your food for the day and at least 2L of water.

trekking down the paths

After a day hiking up Carrauntoohil- what is your favourite restaurant in Killarney to enjoy a nice meal and drink?

Plan B burgers! Yum. And Reidy’s after for some music. Sit down, rest those tired limbs and relax!

~ Darragh

 

Do you have any further questions, suggestions or comments? When are you joining us on tour? We would love to hear from you!