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2hr up to carrauntoohill peak for hydro road car park, going anticlockwise at a steady pace, some strenuous climbing,(march 2020).4hrs to get across the peaks on the loop and back the car.severe winds on ridges with driving rain ,wind chill, hampered us all day and slowed us down.few hairy moments with wind and slippy conditions underfoot

Great trail highly recommend it. It constantly keeps changing providing you with different terrains and amazing views, you won’t be disappointed.

Nice walk, easy enough in general - proper solid ground trail for about 90% of length. Would recommend it overall. Had to detour a bit as part of the trail was closed due to storm Dennis passing by. At its highest point it got very windy, but on a regular day it will be perfect! Tiny bit of snow only on the highest point too, but it doesn't affect the trail

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4 months ago

Incredible adventurous journey! Must do.

nice hike on a clear day

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rocky
scramble
4 months ago

Smashing Hike, bit of everything, hill walking, rock walking, scrambling, nice ridge climb and stunning views while doing all the above. Any mountain person will enjoy this hike.

Difficult but rewarding trail. Took us about 8 hours in total. Be carful just after scarr the turn to the left is not very well defined and easily missed in bad visibility

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icy
muddy
snow
5 months ago

A good December walk. Started before dawn...the reflective trail markers show up well in the dark from a good 100m away. A lot of black ice and a coating of snow on the road up out of Co. Laoise. Once in Of fly the rain started and never let up all the way to Cadamstown. Plenty of deer to be seen on the trail along with an odd pheasant.

tough walk on the 12th Dec . verry muckie . hard to keep on trail at times good concentration neaded at times hidden cracks in the boggie ground as my ankle found out .

6 months ago

piece of cake

now that's what I call a tough walk in November. wind and rain and muck .you wount right clothes on and boots .start early in the morning. someting to eat. enjoy it you wount to be a sucker for punishment but I'll do it again trail dissapers in places or maybe it's just the snow on the top of the Peakes.

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flooded
muddy
off trail
rocky
6 months ago

Did this in 2019 october.was flooded in lot places,most of the time was very heavy fog ,on the top very windy and freezing ,met group of hikers ,saw one lonely person ,as my self ,fox followed me and showed me wright direction, was ready for everything so really enjoyed my hike .lost once a bit ,took me some extra time ,total 5h 30 min

I did the trail over 2 days and stayed in a B&B. The first part Knockree to Roundwood was challenging enough and breathtaking. The second half was more on paths and roads. Overall this hike is amazing. Second half would work for children. Not the first one.

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muddy
scramble
7 months ago

Spectacular views . Challenging on knees !

We heard this hike was muddy and mostly through roads - not too appealing - so we hitchhiked and skipped this day of the Kerry Way.

Lovely views - highly recommend Our specs: We are in shape, 24 years old; we hiked this trail mid-October. The whole week was rainy, though the day we hiked this was sunny and beautiful out. Trail was in and out of mountain range as well as beach and rocks. The trail was quite muddy due to recent rain. Sheep all over made for a pleasant interaction with the country-side. The ocean view and island spotting parallel to us also made for a pleasant and comforting walk.

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muddy
7 months ago

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muddy
rocky
8 months ago

Expected muddy sections and definitely found them, rained for several hours. Many muddy sections are also cow and sheep runs so you are walking through what cows leave behind. Gaiters are a must for some sections. Spectacular views of coastal regions; dry stone construction fences around sheep and cow pastures that are hundreds of years old. A truly great experience. Walking amongst sheep in their natural hill-side habitat is a joy to experience. Definitely deserves a return trip in the 'non-rainy season'.

very sheer, tough in places, potential danger with with just wind and rain.

Undoubtably a crazy challenging yet amazing hike. In bad weather though you must be very vigilant. Hiked this in the middle of a storm, strong wind and rain causing very minimum visibility and very slippery rocks. The trail is easy to lose in many places.

This was a fun hike and we took the alternate coastal route. Great paths and views. However, more road walking than I’d like.

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muddy
no shade
8 months ago

The first part of this was beautiful but it’s through a lot of pastures and we had to hike through a lot of muck. We were lucky that it had been dry for a few days, this hike would be miserable in the rain. We took a wrong turn at the top of the second hill, instead of turning right and going along the ridge, we ended up on the “alternate route” to Caherdaniel, so we had about 4 miles of road walking to get back on track (which was boring!).

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