Ridge of the Reeks

Caher Ridge MacGillycuddy’s Reeks, facing east.Photo:Valerie O’Sullivan

Beginning this iconic ascent at Cronin’s Yard – official entrance to the Hags Glen. First Peak is Cruach Mór, at a height of 932m and en route is Lough Cummeenapeasta. It was here during World War 1 that an Army Air Force plane came down killing five passengers. The Remnants of the plane can still be seen today. After a strenuous ascent to the iconic Grotto, traverse along the ridge with the option of climbing ‘Big Gun’ (weather permitting). Then follows a challenging climb along Cnoc na Péiste Ridge to the summit at 988m, views of the Black Valley, Purple Mountain, Lakes of Killarney, Kenmare Bay and entire MacGillycuddy’s Reeks, are breath taking. The highest ascent is at this point. Traverse along to Maolán Buí at 973m, before descending along ‘The Bone’, enjoying views of Carrauntoohil, Beenkeragh, Loch Caillí and Loch Gabhrach and back along the Hags Glen track before returning to Cronin’s Yard Tea Rooms for a well deserved cuppa!

Date: 10th & 11th June 2017
Time: 8.30am
Grade: Strenuous (experienced walkers)
Duration: 6/7 hours
Price: €55
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