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Carrauntoohil: The highest summit of Ireland

Virtual excursion to the highest summits of Ireland

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Carrauntoohil (Corrán Tuathail)is the highest summit in Ireland at 1,038.6 meters. It is on the Iveragh Peninsula in County Kerry, close to the center of Ireland's highest mountain range, MacGillycuddy's Reeks.

Carrauntoohil is composed mainly of sandstone, whose glaciation produced distinctive features on the mountain such as the Eagle's Nest corrie and some deep gullies and sharp arêtes in its east and northeastern faces that are popular with rock and winter climbers.

As Ireland's highest mountain, Carrauntoohil is popular with mountaineers, who most commonly ascend via the Devil's Ladder route. Carrauntoohil is also climbed as part of longer mountain walking routes in the MacGillycuddy's Reeks range, including the 15-kilometer Coomloughra Horseshoe or the 26-kilometer MacGillycuddy's Reeks Ridge Walk of the entire mountain range.

Carrauntoohil, and most of the range is held in private ownership and are not part of any Irish national park; however, reasonable access is granted to the public for recreational use.

Carrauntoohil is the central peak of the MacGillycuddy's Reeks range and has three major ridges. A narrow rocky ridge, or arête, to the north, known as the Beenkeragh Ridge where this visualization took a place, contains the summit of The Bones (Na Cnámha) and leads to Ireland's second-highest summit, Beenkeragh (Binn Chaorach) at 1,008 m.

The ridge westward, called the Caher Ridge, also an arête, leads to Ireland's third-highest summit, Caher at 1,000 m and its western peak. A third and much wider unnamed south-easterly ridge, or spur, leads down to a col where sits the top of the Devil's Ladder (the classic access route for Carrauntoohil from the Hag's Glen), but then rises back up to Cnoc na Toinne at 845 m, from which the long easterly ridge section of MacGillycuddy's Reeks is accessed.
Carrauntoohil overlooks three U-shaped valleys, each of which contains its own lakes. To the east of Carrauntoohil is the Hag's Glen (Com Caillí), to the west is Coomloughra (Chom Luachra, which means 'hollow of the rushes'), and to the south is Curragh More (Currach Mór, which means 'great marsh').

Carrauntoohil has a deep corrie, known as the Eagle's Nest, at its northeast face, which is accessed from the Hag's Glen and rises up through three levels. At the top, the third level, is Lough Cummeenoughter, Ireland's highest lake.

The Eagle's Nest gives views of the gullies on Carrauntoohil's north-east face: Curved Gully, Central Gully, and Brother O'Shea's Gully. Sometimes the term Eagle's Nest is used to refer to the small stone Mountain Rescue Hut that sits on the first level of the corrie, where the Heavenly Gates descent gully meets the Eagle's Nest corrie.
Carrauntoohil is the highest summit in Ireland on all classification scales. It is the 4th most prominent mountain, in Britain and Ireland.

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