Carrauntoohil Mountain Via Devil's Ladder Trail is a 7.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Knocknafreaghaun, Kerry, Ireland that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until September.
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 tourist route. Most of the "ladder" itself has become eroded and loose rock makes the scramble up and down exciting, but very rewarding.
The first part of this hike is pretty easy, walking through the country side and in between the beautiful lakes. The devil's ladder portion, however, is the toughest hike I've done! The views on both portions are breathtaking I would highly recommend it.
We took the Caher route up and the Devil's Ladder back down. The scrambling on the way back down got a little exciting, but it was a nice break from the slog uphill and kept us on our toes for the second half of the hike. The view from the top is well-worth all effort put in to get to the top--particularly if you're lucky, and it's a sunny, clear day up at top. Highly recommend!
Fantastic view. The hike isn't easy, but it's incredibly rewarding--especially if you're lucky enough to get a clear view at the top! We came up via the Caher route, and went down by the Devil's Ladder, and it was a great variety. Highly recommend.