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Irish Landscape Images : lough callee, Carrauntoohil, Macgillycuddy’s Reeks, County Kerry

lough callee carrauntoohil Mountain  Macgillycuddy's Reeks range county kerry panorama By Nigel Borrington

lough callee
carrauntoohil Mountain
Macgillycuddy’s Reeks range
county kerry
panorama By Nigel Borrington

Carrauntoohil (/ˌkærənˈtuːl/, Irish: Corrán Tuathail)

The highest peak on the island of Ireland. Located in County Kerry, Ireland it is 1,038 metres (3,406 ft) high and is the central peak of the Macgillycuddy’s Reeks range. The ridge northward leads to Ireland’s second-highest peak, Beenkeragh (1,010 m), while the ridge westward leads to the third-highest peak, Caher (1,001 m). Carrauntoohil overlooks three bowl-shaped valleys, each with its own lakes. To the east is Hag’s Glen or Coomcallee (Com Caillí, “hollow of the Cailleach”), to the west is Coomloughra (Com Luachra, “hollow of the rushes”) and to the south is Curragh More (Currach Mór, “great marsh”).
The summit of Carrauntoohil

Carrauntoohil is classed as a Furth by the Scottish Mountaineering Club, i.e. a mountain greater than three thousand feet high that is outside (or furth of) Scotland, which is why it is sometimes referred to as one of the Irish Munros.

The Macgillycuddy’s Reeks also contains many loughs of which lough callee is just one, the image above was taken last week while approaching the devils ladder route up to carrauntoohil Mountain peek. The morning was misty yet lots of wonderful light was finding its way on the the green slopes and the deep water of the lough, the mountain top is some distance above this level and hidden in the mist ……

6 responses

  1. Such a great photo – capturing the atmosphere

    October 6, 2016 at 10:18 pm

    • Hello Diana 🙂

      Thank you , this mountain is just an amazing place to be, I hope I managed to capture just a little of it stunning atmosphere, its hard with just a camera, I did my best ! thank you 🙂

      October 6, 2016 at 11:28 pm

  2. Have you climbed it, Nigel? I haven’t attempted the climb, I think the weather can be very changeable most times (that’s my excuse anyway!)

    October 6, 2016 at 11:30 pm

    • Hi Joan 🙂

      Not yet, the aim of this visit was to get a sense of just how though, the night before 3 had to be lifted of by helicopter, so the weather was against us this time also, later the some week three of our party did and I got a look at the pictures and a great idea of the route.

      So very soon, we plan to return and follow the plan, until then I will keep going up our local mountains to keep my legs moving 🙂 🙂 , you could be + 1 to the group if you want 🙂 🙂

      October 6, 2016 at 11:47 pm

      • Thanks Nigel, but my hillwalking has fallen off recently, so I need a lot of low level hills before I will be fit enough again for the higher climbs!!

        October 7, 2016 at 12:05 am

      • Something to aim for Joan , love to help make a group up in the future, anytime , safety in numbers 🙂 , enjoy your walk where ever they are 🙂 🙂

        October 7, 2016 at 12:18 am

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