Climb Carrauntoohil

Altitude/distance:  1,039m/11km approx.

Routes: Devil’s Ladder, O’Shea’s Gully, Curve Gully, Heavenly Gates, Howling Ridge, Carrauntoohil via Caher, Carrauntoohil and Beenkeragh; we also offer winter ascents, some for experienced climbers only

Grade: Moderate

Dates: All year; see below – contact us for dates and details

Throughout the summer for groups, charities, clubs, teams and company day outs.

Duration: 5-8 hours


Climb Carrauntoohil

At 1,039m, Carrauntoohil is Ireland’s highest peak and, as such, it attracts thousands of people from all over the world each year who wish to climb to its summit. It is a magnificent, rugged and scenic mountain and climbing it is an experience that one doesn’t forget. Corrán Tuathail, its Irish name, means ‘Tuathal’s sickle’ and it towers above the many other peaks in the majestic MacGillycuddy’s Reeks. On a fine day, views extend to the faraway mountains, lakes and farmlands of West Cork, north and south Kerry. We offer eight different routes on this mountain with our experienced guides and grades that suit everyone from beginner to the most experienced mountaineer and we also organise climbs and challenges for individuals, clubs, charities and companies.

We love to climb Carrauntoohil its a mountain like no other that offers different challenges on different routes. We also do trips all around Kerry for those that might not feel as comfortable on this climb.


€75 individual. Group rates available. Please contact us for details.


For 2018 we will have group walks Saturday and Sundays of each month.

Other dates:  Guides available on request for times that suit clients please ring office. Minimum numbers of 4 required

If you are groups, charities, clubs, teams and company day outs, please contact us on enquiry form or ring 064 66 44181.

Confirmed scheduled dates:

2nd of September (Spaces Available)

8th of September (Fully booked)

9th of September (Spaces Available)

15th of September (Spaces Available)

16th of September (Spaces Available)

22nd of September (Spaces Available)

23rd of September (Spaces Available)

30th of September (Spaces Available)

6th of October (Spaces Available)

7th of October (Spaces Available)

13th of October (Spaces Available)

14th of October (Spaces Available)

20th of October (Spaces Available)

21st of October (Spaces Available)

27th of October (Spaces Available)

28th of October (Spaces Available)

3rd of November (Spaces Available)

4th of November (Spaces Available)

10th of November (Spaces Available)

11th of November (Spaces Available)

18th of November (Spaces Available)

20th of November (Fully Booked)

24th of November (Spaces Available)

25th of November (Spaces Available)

1st of December (Spaces Available)

2nd of December (Spaces Available)

8th of December (Spaces Available)

9th of December (Spaces Available)

15th of December (Spaces Available)

16th of December (Spaces Available)

22nd of December (Spaces Available)

23rd of December (Spaces Available)

29th of December (Spaces Available)

30th of December (Spaces Available)

Other dates: Guides available on request for dates that suit clients request.

Please contact us for more details and information. 064 6644181 or


What you wear when you are out in the hills and mountains is very important, especially when conditions are challenging. It is important to ensure that you are warm, dry and comfortable in your clothing and footwear and that you have some basic equipment with you to ensure that you have an enjoyable experience and that you return home safely. The following is a list of basic gear that you should own if you are a regular hillwalker or climber: See video and gear list below.


  • Lightweight long thermal underwear
  • Short and long-sleeved t-shirts
  • Fleece jacket
  • Fleece or cotton trousers (no jeans)
  • Jacket – waterproof and breathable; with attached hood
  • Over-trousers, waterproof and breathable


  • Sun hat with good visor for summer
  • Balaclava/facemask – 1, lightweight
  • Woolly hat
  • Sunglasses – UV & IR protection


  • Gloves – 2 pairs, lightweight and heavier for the cold


  • Light hiking boots
  • Gaiters
  • Socks – warm trekking socks (2-3 pairs)

Trekking equipment:

  • Daypack – 25-35 litre (optional)
  • Waterproof pack cover
  • Ski poles – 1 pair collapsible spring-bound ski poles (optional)
  • Sunscreen – SPF 30-40
  • Lipscreen – SPF 20-40, at least 2 sticks
  • Sunblock
  • Personal First Aid kit

Miscellaneous items:

  • Spare boot laces, bulbs, batteries, memory cards, headtorch
  • Cold water detergent and some toiletries
  • Small sewing kit
  • Penknife and small scissors
  • Camera
  • Insect repellent
  • Toilet paper – it is good practice to bring your own, but it is provided to anyone if needed
  • Baby wipes/hand wipes
  • Hand gel
  • Personal medication
  • 1 x flask with a hot drink (optional)
  • Map OSI 78 and compass (optional)


Carrauntoohil The Step route mixed scrambling and walking

Carrauntoohil The Step on The Upper Coomb's – Curve Gully – Brother O Shea's – Beenkeragh Ridge to the Summit. Great day with Kelvin Gillen, Stephen Quinn, Eoin Marshall and Shane Marshall. the route is Ideal for beginner scrambling and a great mixed day out

Posted by Pat Falvey Adventure Travel / Personal Development / Corporate Training on Monday, April 18, 2016

Pat Falvey

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