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Climb Carrauntoohil

Climb Carrauntoohil


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Climb Carrauntoohil with Pat Falvey and his experienced team and discover the beautiful McGillicuddy Reeks. Carrauntoohil is Ireland’s highest mountain and Carrauntoohil’s altitude is 1,039m / 3,407 feet. The distance to climb to the summit and back is 12km, and it will take the average walker 6 to 7 hours to complete. You need to be reasonably fit if you are unsure about your fitness; please contact our office.  People from Ireland and all around the world to reach its lofty summit.  

We organise daily scheduled climbs for individuals, groups, families as well as team and company challenges. Why not join my team and me to climb Carrauntoohil and make that goal a reality. 

Pat Falvey is a world-renowned Explorer – adventurer – Author – Film Producer – Mentor and Coach he was an active member of Kerry Mountain Rescue for ten years where he learnt his mountain skills.  Pat has lived locally at the base of Irelands highest mountains from where he runs his guiding services since 1991.   Carrauntoohil has always had a special place in his heart and was also the training ground for all of his major expeditions. We want to share the adventure with you and invite you to join us and share the challenge of climbing Ireland highest mountain Carrauntoohil.

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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.

The Devils Ladder

The Devils Ladder is the most popular route. It will take the average walker 5 to 7 hours to climb it.  (12km return)

It is the most direct and shortest route to the summit of Corrán Tuathail.  Do not underestimate the climb as it is a strenuous climb. If you require further information on your fitness levels, please right our office +353 64 664418.

It is essential to ensure you have the proper gear and enough food for your day’s challenge.

Weather forecast for Carrauntoohil:

In the event of a red weather warning alert on Carrauntoohil, we will use an alternative hike on the day or cancel to another time, to ensure your safety.

Free Webinar on climbing Carrauntoohil

Distance: 11km approx.

Route: Cronins yard – Devils Ladder – Carrauntoohil – Devils Ladder or The ZigZags

Duration: 5-7 hours

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

Brother O Shea's Gully

Brother O’Shea’s Gully (13km return) has become a standard and reasonably safe alternative route to the Devil’s Ladder. It starts along the same trail from Cronin’s Yard as the Devil’s Ladder before branching off to the right just before the stepping stones across the river. It’s a scenic route with great views and the chance to get up close to the dramatic, steep north-east face of Carrauntoohil.

Once you branch off, the trail traverses across and up the slope above Lough Gouragh, while the other route continues straight between the two lakes.

Free Webinar on climbing Carrauntoohil:

Distance: 13km approx.

Route: Cronin’s yard – Lough Gouragh – Cummeenoughter -Eagles Nest – Brother O’Shea’s Gully – Beenkeragh Ridge Carrauntoohil – Devils Ladder or The ZigZags

Duration: 6-9 hours

Coomloughra Horseshoe

Distance: 15km approx.

Route: Lough Eagher – Beenkeragh – Carrauntoohil – Caher

Duration: 6-9 hours

Price: €85 per person

Not for the faint-hearted, this route is a favourite for intermediate and even experienced walkers and is ideal for hillwalkers who want a more challenging day. The views on each section form a fantastic circle of scenery centred around the Coomloughra and Lough Eagher, with views toward Sneem, West Cork, Kenmare Bay, the Reeks, the Black Valley and Killarney, the Laune and Maine Valleys, Slieve Mish, Brandon, Dingle and Iveragh Peninsulas.

Previous experience of mountain walking and ridge walking would be an advantage as this day includes some scrambling. The option of further scrambling is available on the Hag’s Tooth for those with the right level of fitness and mountain experience, and a love for adventure. Summits reached on this trek are Skregmore (optional), Stumpa Bharr ná hAbhann (851m), Beenkeragh (1,010m), Carrauntoohil (1,039m), Caher (1,001m), Caher West Top (975m).


What you wear while climbing Carrauntoohil is very important. It will ensure you will enjoy your climb especially when weather conditions are challenging. It is vital to ensure that you are warm, dry and comfortable in your clothing and footwear and that you have some essential equipment with you to ensure that you have an enjoyable experience. The following is a list of 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
    • Trekking Socks

Trekking equipment:

    • Daypack
    • Walking poles
    • Sunscreen – SPF 30-40
    • Lipscreen – SPF 20-40
    • Personal First Aid Kit

Miscellaneous items:

  • Spare boot laces, bulbs, batteries, memory cards, headtorch
  • Coldwater detergent and some toiletries
  • Small sewing kit
  • Camera
  • Insect repellent
  • 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


For 2022 we will have group walks Saturdays and Sundays of each month.

Other dates:  Guides available on request for times that suit clients. Please ring the office.

Minimum numbers of 4 required, or if you need a private guide for your day’s climb. 

The weather will play a part in allowing the climb to go ahead. If we feel it is too dangerous, we will stop the climb, or if there is a red weather alert.

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

Scheduled dates, Other dates: Guides available on request for a time that suits the client’s request.

Other dates: Guides available on request for a time that suits the client’s request.

Don’t hesitate to contact us for more details and information. 064 6644181 or

Fitness Required

How fit do you need to be to climb Carrauntoohil?

While strenuous and reasonably demanding, Carrauntoohil is achievable by people who lead a moderately active life and take part in regular exercise. However, the main requirement is a positive attitude. Our guided ascents are lead by Pat and his team of experienced mountain leaders. Therefore you will be in safe hands on your Carrauntoohil adventure. We offer hikes for all levels of fitness and experience, ranging from beginners to experienced hillwalkers and trekkers. We offer a wide range of route options including; The Devils Ladder, The ZigZags, Brother O’Shea’s Gully, Carrauntoohil Horse Shoe to name a few.


Climb Carrauntoohil as a Group

Also, we specialise in guiding groups on the mountain. Many of our clients choose to climb with family and friends, in order to share their achievement and memories. Similarly, we love bringing corporate groups to the summit. A fantastic way to build leadership and teamwork. For tourists and visitors to the region, we often have last-minute availability, so that you can experience Ireland in a unique and memorable way.

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