Departure time: 9am For Carrauntoohil June 22nd & 23rd
Climbing Carrauntoohil is a challenging day out with a choice of routes to the Summit total distance is 12km with 950m ascent. When we meet at the starting point, We discuss the route with you and the team in order to plan the most enjoyable route for your day trip.
We offer local experienced mountain guides. During your climb we will offer you local knowledge and information on this truly spectacular place. You will be provided with excellent stories and great encouragement and guidance during your ascent of the mountain , Climbing Carrauntoohil requires a good level of fitness as this a return hikes duration of 6/7 hours.You will require suitable footwear and clothing, a packed lunch and be ready for an adventure! All routes will be discussed on the morning of Climb and a decision will be made for best route for you.
The Devils Ladder (Difficult/Strenuous):
6/7 hrs, 12km. The direct ascent route to the summit of Carrauntoohil offers panoramic views of the MacGillycuddy Reeks for your enjoyment.
Brother O’Shea’s Gully (Strenuous):
A Strenuous route – 6/7 hrs and 13km. This scenic and interesting routes takes you through over hanging valleys and mountain lakes. Recommended for more experienced walkers.
Purple – Tomies
Duration: 6hrs Height: 832 metres. 9.30am Start. Moderate to Strenuous.
A trek up the Purple Mountain (832m). One of Kerry’s best walking trails this guided walk promises to make an impression. Beginning with a steep climb up from the Head of the Gap in the Famous Gap of Dunloe where you will be greeted by a spectacular views from the Summit of Purple from there we climb to the summit of Tomies at 735m with views of the Killarney Lakes and valley where we decide our descent to the famous Gap of Dunloe and Kate Kearneys Cottage for the Coffee!
Strickeen Sunrise Walk- Saturday 23rd June
Experience a Sunrise on Strickeen which is part of MacGillycuddy’s Reeks range, at 440m, it follows a path to the top until an ancient cairn/ritual greets the walker. Struicín means ‘little peak’ or ‘crested ridge’, with a prehistoric Cairn on the summit.
In Pagan times they celebrated the festival of the Summer Solstice on Strickeen it follows a path to the top until an ancient cairn/ritual greets the walker.
The summer solstice, also known as midsummer, occurs when one of the Earth’s poles has its maximum tilt toward the Sun. The summer solstice is when the Sun reaches its highest position in the sky and is the day with the longest period of daylight.
Celebrate a bit of Kerry Rí-Rá with a dance of the Kerry Set and savour the amazing views of the Mac Gillycuddy Reeks and Gap of Dunloe.
We depart at Kate Kearney’s Cottage at 4 am this walk is followed by breakfast afterwards at the Gap of Dunloe.
Cost: €20 which includes breakfast.
The Famous Reeks Walk
Duration: Approx 10/12 hours. 8am start.
This is a very Challenging Day Climbing!
This amazing hike starts in the Glencar area, Taking in 11 peaks with a 6000 ft accent during a long amazing day. With a few knife edge ridges and hands-on scrambling, finishing in the Gap of Dunloe on the door step of the famous Kate Kearney’s Cottage where a well-deserved pint of Guinness or Irish coffee awaits you along with some hearty food.
First leg of the climb is Caher west (970m) then on to Caher Summit (1001m ), Carrauntoohil (1039m), Cnoc na Toinne (845m ), Choc na Chuillinn (958m) , Maolan Bui (973m) , Cnoc na Peista (983m), The Big Gun (939m), Chruach Mhoir (932m ). Cnoc na Phraca (760m ), Strickeen (450m ).
Duration: 6/7 hours. 9am start.
This Is a challenging climb but an amazing day out taking in the 3 highest peaks in Ireland. Firstly we climb Caher (1001m), then Carrauntoohil (1039m) and on to Beenkeragh (1010m). This is a classic Horseshoe Climb is situated in one of the remotest mountain locations in Ireland & UK.
Eastern Reeks Challenge
If you have experienced Carrauntoohil, why not try scrambling with us on the Eastern Reeks. This challenging climb is great fun and totally absorbing.
The Eastern Reeks Experience offers a wonderful outing that is mostly enjoyed in splendid isolation by discerning but experienced hillwalkers.
We ascend a long and increasingly steep slope to the summit, known locally the Zig Zag’s heading east along the ridge passing the summits of Cnoc an Toinne(845m), Cnoc an Chullinn (926m) to Maolan Bui (973m) Cnoc na Péiste (973m) The Big Gun (939m), Cruach Mór (932m), on the Eastern Reeks .
We start from Cronin’s Yard, which offers cozy tearooms, pods for rent and a campsite.
On this climb we cross to the knife edge ridge that leads from Conc na Peiste to Cruach Mor. It could be regarded as the most difficult to reach of Ireland’s major mountaintops.
This spectacular ridge climb will take us over 6 peaks of the Mac Gillycuddy’s Reeks, and offers an unforgettable 360 degree vista over Kerry’s famous mountains, lakes and Valleys.
Crash of USAAF “Dakota”” on Cummeenapeasta /Cnoc na Péiste
Cummeenapeasta/CnocnaPéiste (Irish for “hill of the serpent”), 3,241 ft., is the fourth-highest peak in Ireland.
In 1943, a USAAF plane crashed into the mountain, killing all five crew, and parts of the wreckage can still be seen in Lough Cummeenapeasta.
On the 17th December 1943, during World War II, a United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) plane crashed into the northerly face of Cnoc na Péiste. The plane was a Douglas C-47 or Dakota with five crewmen aboard.
It collided with the mountain just above Lough Cummeenapeasta at an altitude of about 2,000 ft.—killing all five airmen. The Gardaí were not alerted to the crash until 3 February 1944, and the following day an Irish Army detachment was sent to recover the bodies.
Pieces of the aircraft can still be seen on the mountainside, and in the lake below. A plaque was placed at the shore of the lake to commemorate the victims. There was a memorial ceremony was held at Cronin’s Yard, Mealis, Beaufort on the 19thof August 1984.
We climb close to crash site and visit the location where still one of the aircraft engine remains today. During this climb we will be accompanied by our local historian Tomas O’Suilleabhain, whom is a wealth of knowledge on the history and folklore of the MacGillycuddy Reeks.
Cost: €25 p.p (Family & Group rates available).
Base Camp for 2019 Killarney Walking Festival
All our walks will commence from Kate Kearney’s cottage over this weekend. At ‘Kate’s’ you will enjoy the tradition of hospitality, nestled at the entrance to the world famous Gap of Dunloe lies Kate Kearney’s Cottage, a 150 year old family-run establishment.