6-7 Hours Strenuous - Carrauntoohil, Highest Mountain in Ireland

Macgillycuddy Reeks

Duration: 1 day
Group size: 1 - 12
6-7 Hours Strenuous - Carrauntoohil, Highest Mountain in Ireland
Macgillycuddy Reeks

Duration: 1 day
Group size: 1 - 12

About this trip

This is a 14km strenuous 6-7 hour round trip hike to the summit of Carrauntoohil between Sneem and Killarney on the Ring of Kerry. Carrauntoohil is Ireland’s tallest mountain and is an exciting challenge. 

Choosing one of the lesser climbed routes to the top, we'll start our walk at 10.30 from the chosen starting point for the day.  Whichever route we choose (and there are many – see here), the walk will be a strenuous one on rough track and open mountainside. It involves a height gain of approximately 900m which typically takes 6-7 hours. 

This walk is for hillwalkers with good fitness. You can expect extended periods of ascents and experience of walking in this type of moorland terrain is expected.  

This walk is entirely off-trail and good waterproof walking boots are essential.  You'll also need suitable walking clothing, walking pole(s) and a daypack with waterproof overlayers, plenty of fluids, sufficient food. See more details of what to wear and pack below.

Highlights of Carrauntoohil Walk

  • Conquer Ireland's highest peak
  • Experience the beauty of the MacGillycuddy Reeks
  • Breathtaking panoramic views from the highest point in Ireland (weather permitting, of course!)
  • Challenge yourself on these wild and rugged peaks
  • Glaciated mountain landscapes, coom lakes and cascading waters
  • Expert mountain leader guide
  • Small group on this strenuous Walk

What to Wear


  • Waterproof walking boots with good grips and good laces.
  • Quick-drying loose or stretchy pants.  Avoid wearing jeans and cotton tee-shirts, which can get uncomfortable when warm and very cold when wet
  • Good Walking Socks
  • 100% waterproof shell type jacket.

What to Pack


  • Spare warm fleece type top (a couple of thin layers).
  • Small backpack for food, spare clothes and other supplies.
  • Hat & Gloves.
  • Gaiters – keep your ankles / calves dry in wet long grass.
  • Waterproof over-trousers.
  • Walking Poles.
  • Sunscreen.
  • Smartphone for contact and for fantastic photos.
  • Water bottle – preferably a reusable one.

Booking & Conditions

Scheduled walking experiences will proceed once two people have booked.

Private experiences are subject to minimum number of 3 or the equivalent in charges. 

100% payment required at booking: This secures your spot and helps with planning. 

Cancellation Policy


By you (guest):

  • Full refund: Up to 7 days before the walk.

By Fergal Harrington, Álaind Walking (organizer):

  • Full refund: In case of cancellation due to inclement weather (e.g., heavy rain, strong winds, thunderstorms). You'll have the option to reschedule for another date.

What’s included

  • Guided Walk
    Fergal Harrington, Owner of Álaind Walking and Qualified Mountain Leader with meet you and lead this walk

What’s not included

  • Snacks and Drinks
    Please ensure that you have sufficient supplies for this walk.

Available Packages

Single Walk - 1 Person

Your Organizer

Álaind Walking, Sneem
At Álaind Walking, we love nature, the outdoors and exploring our landscape. Our surroundings in Sneem on The Ring of Kerry are so beautiful, peaceful and abundant with world-class walking and hiking. We’ve done a lot of exploring to curate our guided walks. Fergal Harrington is owner of Álaind Lodges Walking Holidays. He is a fully qualified and insured Mountain Leader, Whether you choose our Guided or Self-Guided Walking Holidays, book a day trip or hire a walking guide for a private tour, our walks will take your breath away.

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