Carrauntoohill Mountain via Central Gully, Kerry

  • Author:ActiveME
  • Created: February 5, 2013
  • Updated: December 12, 2017
Location: Kerry
  • DistanceInstructions
  • Distance12.88 km
  • Time0 s
  • Speed0.0 km/h
  • Min altitude192 m
  • Peak1003 m
  • Climb814 m
  • Descent817 m

The Central Gully approach to Carrauntoohil is a moderate to strenuous 5 hour (14km) walking route to the summit of Carrauntoohil Mountain (1,041m) and return via the glorious if not sometimes difficult to find Heavenly Gates. This is now one of the more popular routes to the summit and is only a short drive to the car park at Lisleibane from Killarney town, in the south west of Ireland. It is a relatively safe and interesting climb requiring only a few easy scrambles but is not really suitable for a beginner on the mountain.

This route is considered slightly more difficult than Brother O'Sheas Gully but considered easier than the Curved Gully route.  Please note that if you have not walked this route before, care is required to reach to whats known as Level 1 above Lough Gouragh in the Hags Glen. There are one or two places where the route is quite exposed and several short rocky steps require some easy scrambling (most can be avoided by minor detours). Shortly afterwards you emerge onto an area of flat ground known as the ‘first level’ (Grid Ref. V809849) with great views of the Reeks. See for more information, routes and photos. 

There are plenty of other routes to suit beginners to advanced so find a route that is right for you or your group. Plan your walk by checking the weather and sunrise sunset times on our website and please remember you are only as fast as the slowest member of your group!

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