Carrantuohill – The highest peak in Ireland sitting at 1038 m above sea level located in the Macgillycuddy’s Reeks mountains in County Kerry, about 30 km from Kilarney.
In 1976, a 5-meter cross was erected at the top, which was cut down in 2014 by unknown assailants but fortunately it was mounted very quickly again.
The day we chose our climb was the hottest day of the year, so that on one hand made it a really a great trip and on the other hand a really exhausting hike in the mountains.
You can enter the summit via different routes, although none of them are marked.
On the way up the mountain we chose to enter through a very steep gully called Devils Ladder – this route is not recommended during rain or uncertain weather, (there were fatal accidents among the ill-advised and poorly prepared tourists)
It took us 3 hours to get to the top of Carrantuohill from Lisleibane car park without any breaks, not counting a few minutes to take pictures or drink some water – take a really big supply with you.
On the way back, we chose a milder but much longer route going to the opposite peak of Cnoc na Toinne.