“Some men see things as they are and ask why. Others dream things that never were and ask why not”
(George Bernard Shaw- Irish playwright,1856-1950)
Last Sunday morning,our Hiking group of four departed Killarney town and drove the 12 kilometers to Cronin’s yard,the base for all Carrauntoohil hikers. With adequate supplies of food and water as well as hiking boots,jackets,rucksacks and GPS enabled apps,we began our journey to the summit of Ireland’s highest mountain.
Carrauntoohil is the central peak of the Macguillycuddy’s reeks range and stands 1,038 meters or 3,406 feet in height. After 8 kilometers of low lying pathways and about 90 minutes of steep climbing(180 minutes to summit from base),we found ourselves on top of Carrauntoohil and felt thrilled with the scenery of the surrounding landscape, a sense of accomplishment in completing the summit challenge and the uniqueness of breathing and pausing in the freshest of Carrauntoohil’s air.On the way down the mountain you’ll again be be astounded by views of the Devil’d ladder,Loughs Callee and gouragh and also the Heavenly gates.Soup and sandwiches back at base in Cronin’s Yard cafe are a delight or if you prefer some coffee and cake.
If you want to experience something totally different and amazing, I would recommend hiking all the way to the summit of Ireland’s highest mountain. The roundtrip takes about 7 hours to complete included lunch at the top of the mountain. An outdoor adventure to rival any other,this is exhilarating,fantastic,breathtaking.