Carrauntoohill cradles three bowl-shaped valleys, each housing their own lake; to the South is Curragh More, to the East you will find Hag’s Glen and to the West is Coomloughra.
A magnificent a steel cross standing at 5 metres was erected in 1976 and is still standing today to meet you as you reach the summit.
Hiking in Ireland doesn’t get more exciting than taking on the McGillycuddy Reeks; conquering a total of 11 peaks with a 6,000ft ascent. This walk is only advised for the experienced mountaineer as it takes in knife edged ridges and scrambling across exposed rock faces.
The walk begins in the Glencar area with the first climb on Caher West (970m), followed by Caher Summit (1001m), Carrauntoohil (1039m), and then on to Cnoc na Toinne (845m), Cnoc na Chuillin (958m), Maolan Bui (973m), Cnoc na Peista (983m), The Big Gun (939m), Chruach Mhoir (932m), Cnoc na Phraca (760m) and finishing in the Gap of Dunloe with Strickeen (450m).
Parking is available on the roadside, however care must be taken not to block the entrance of private residents.
Steeped Archaeology and folklore, the Paps is where the pre-Christians celebrated the Summer Solstice Pagan festival. The area is surrounded in oak forests which is believed to have been a popular spot for hunting with Irish Wolf Hounds.