Carrauntoohil Mountain Via Devil's Ladder Trail

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Killarney National Park

Carrauntoohil Mountain Via Devil's Ladder Trail is a 7.9 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Killarney, County Kerry, Ireland that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is best used from April until September.

Length7.9 miElevation gain2,965 ftRoute typeLoop
HikingNature tripsWalkingLakeRiverViewsWaterfallWildlifeRockyScrambleOff trailNo shadeNo dogs
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A gorgeous hike to the top of the tallest mountain in Ireland. Though there are several different routes up Carrauntoohil, the Devil's Ladder is the most common route. Most of the "ladder" itself has become eroded and loose rock makes the scramble up and down exciting, but very rewarding.

A fee of 2 will cover parking. If the river cannot be crossed, return to the Kissane's shop and take the next track on the left avoiding the river crossing. No parking is available along this small track so be careful where you leave your car has the track is narrow and used by local farmers.

From Killarney drive towards Beauford/Gap of Dunloe following the 'Ring of Kerry' to the Hags Glen close to the town land of Carhoonahone. At a small countryside junction you will see Kissane's shop and a telephone box. Take the road on the left, at the end of which is a small farmyard with a car park. Follow the small track that leads to the Gaddagh River that you will have to cross and then continue up the Hag Glen. Note: this river is not always crossable during or after heavy rainfall. If this is the case, return to the Kissane's shop and take the next track on the left avoiding the river crossing.

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Steven Barrins
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Marina Litty
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Mark Salter
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Very tough going this one. Misty from about half way up Devil's Ladder when I did it and very windy once you get onto the ridge. the journey down is tough going too and I found it very easy to lose the trail. Very important to have the app on your phone and lots of battery. Download the route before hand too. The car park requires two euros to get out of so I was stuck until a helpful chap gave me some spare change. Up to the ladder it's very easy going. But the ladder is challenging. In total it took me around 4 hours with very little break at the top. Well worth it though for the views I did get!

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Daniel Mangasarian
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Carrauntoohil offers more rewarding views of the Emerald Isle than do the Cliffs of Moher in my opinion, but proper respect for the trail, knowing your limits, and bracing for the conditions are extremely important. Much, much less people come here than Moher, so it’s definitely less crowded and the elevation offers spectacular views. It took me about 5 hours round trip and I couldn’t recommend this hike enough. The summit post is a cross and the Devils Ladder is a challenging scramble but well worth it. September offered me a bright and relatively cloudless day. It can get windy and proper precaution is needed. The scramble does require good physicality and the exposed rock face can get very windy and the conditions may change due to elevation gain.

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Jimmy Ryan
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lovely views

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Anne Ford
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Really rewarding hike. Be prepared with plenty of layers and waterproofs. Good fitness is needed. Lots of climbing, enjoyed the devils ladder the most as it’s proper climbing and fun! The ascent to the cross feels tougher as you’re no longer using your hands. Ended up descending the ladder as well as we couldn’t see the other routes in the clouds and rain. It wasn’t too bad once you don’t look the full way down but it definitely more dangerous than climbing up. Wear hiking boots for the grip and to keep your feet dry as long as possible! Enjoy

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Paul McCluskey
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very cloudy and poor visibility. ladder was like a waterfall climbing up and return journey was tricky with poor visibility. good climb all the same

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Laura Mooney
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3rd time climbing devils ladder. 26th September was a gorgeous day. sunny dry and barely any wind. The ladder is very tough and I find it tougher each time as rocks erode and move over time. I will try a different route next. Everyone should hike this though the views are out of this world and a great sense of achievement when you reach the bottom and look at how far and high you went.

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Pat V
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Andrew Cawley
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Sam Manton
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Finally got around to tackling Irelands highest mountain. This is a mountain that is definitely not for the faint hearted. You will be challenged but ultimately it is so worth it in the end. Would 100% reccomend paying close attention to the weather forecast. The better the weather, the better the hike. This is particularly the case when it comes to the Devil's Ladder. Tough and all as it is on a nice dry sunny day, I can only imagine how difficult it is in the wet. The views from the top were amazing, being able to see for miles and miles. Proper gear is essential. Bring plenty of food and water. Finally, if you've not hiked many mountains or are a complete amateur, do not attempt this mountain. If you've some bit of experience and have tackled many smaller mountains and are wondering about doing it. Go for it. Do your research, train, prepare, follow the weather forecast and go for it. Not every day you can say you've tackled a country's highest peak.

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Aishling Conlan
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Ábel Tasnády
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w hogarty
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Agnes Tapaszti-Szegedi
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Beautiful view, it worth every steps.

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Michael Wall
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Great hike. First 5k are flat with great views of the mountains and lakes. The route is very clear and easy to follow. The devil's ladder is the toughest part by far. From talking to the locals it's not common to get a clear view from the top, but worth it all the same. Rather than taking the devils ladder back down, there's a peak the opposite side to Carrantoohill which is a great descent back.

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Liam Ryan
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Best to up & down the Devil’s ladder

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Aedin McHugh
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Stiofan Ryan
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It’s very straightforward until the devils ladder and from there it gets tough scaling rocks and after a steep climb to the summit. Overall really enjoyable, good weather helps!!

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Kieran Upton
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Denise Conlan
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