Carrauntoohil, Ireland’s highest peak, is located right in the heart of the “Kingdom” County of Kerry.
The mountain forms part of the rugged MacGillycuddy Reeks range, which stands alongside Killarney National Park and the Kerry Way as one of Kerry’s top group tour destinations.
Carrauntoohil is 1,038 metres (3,406 feet) high and is marked with a metal cross at its summit. Its nearest neighbours, Beenkeragh and Caher, are the only other mountains in Ireland above 1,000m tall.
The Kerry Way is Ireland’s most famous long distance trail, and deservedly so. The spectacularly beautiful walk starts and ends in the picturesque town of Killarney and usually takes 9 days to complete. The route passes through the foothills of Carauntoohil where experienced walkers are often tempted to tackle the mighty peak of Ireland’s tallest mountain.
At the foot of the MacGillycuddy Reeks lie the world-famous lakes of Killarney. The lower slopes of the mountain range host the Killarney National Park area which boasts a distinctive combination of woods, mountains, lakes and waterfalls in a spectacularly scenic beauty. The park contains many native oaks, and a proliferation of evergreen trees and shrubs which are of national and international importance. Your group might even some local fauna like mountain eagles and herds of wild red deer.
Walking the Kerry Way, or even part of it, is hugely popular amongst groups of all sizes. Climbing is very popular on Carauntoohil and its neighbouring peaks but be wary of loose rocks. Cycling is also immensely popular with scenic mountain and road cycle ways catering for all levels of excitement! Groups can also enjoy boating and fishing on the lakes of Killarney and a visit to the nearby magnificent Muckross House Victorian Mansion and Gardens.