Coomloughra Horseshoe

Altitude/distance: 800m/15km approx.

Route: Lough Eagher – Beenkeragh – Carrauntoohil – Caher

Grade: Trekking with a scramble – moderate to strenuous

Dates: April-October (winter ascents for experienced trekkers only)

Duration: 6-9 hours

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Not for the faint-hearted, this route is a favourite for intermediate and even experienced walkers and is ideal for hillwalkers who want to progress to a longer, more challenging day. The views on each section form a fantastic circle of scenery centred around the Coomloughra and Eagher lakes, 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 a good level of fitness, some mountain experience and a love for adventure. Summits reached on this trek are Skregmore (optional), Stumpa Bharr na hAbhann (851m), Beenkeragh (1,010m), Carrauntoohil (1,039m), Caher (1,001m), Caher West Top (975m).


€85 individual. Group rates available. Please contact us for details.


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:


  • 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 hot drink (optional)
  • Map OSI 78 and compass (optional)

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