This is no easy hike. If you are not fit, afraid of heights,lack stamina, and want an easy stroll ,then this is not for you.
If you know that you can walk, hike and scramble for 6-8 hours then you are in for a real treat.
Starting point is usually Cronins yard where there is parking,refreshments and showers.
One can also start from the car park which is further up the road and a little big shorter.
The first part of the walk up the glen is ever so beautiful ,expect uneven ground, muck, streams ,stepping stones and breathtaking beauty,worth the trek without ever climbing the mountain.
There are many ways up the mountain O'Shea's Gully, Devils Ladder etc.etc. A word of caution seek advise on the best route on the day and do not attempt it without the right boots,pole or poles,all weather clothes ,plenty of food , lots of water and charged phone.
This is a serious mountain ,it is not anything like the height of the Alps but it is just as difficult.
If possible and you can afford it hire a guide.He will make everything less stressful,a lot easier, a whole lot more enjoyable and last but not least a whole lot safer.
Start early morning ,take many breaks, and enjoy it .The views on a clear day are without compare.This mountain is high enough to make you feel on top of the world but low enough to enable you to identify so many many places around you.In my opinion this is where Carrauntoohil
outshines all others.
Take care and enjoy.
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