Just before I came to Korea, I managed to hike the highest mountain in Ireland.
Now, don’t get too excited! Ireland isn’t a very mountainous country (instead we have beautiful rolling hills) so the highest peak actually only measures at 3,406 ft or 1,038 m.
We set off bright and early from Cork to Kerry (where Carrantuohill is situated). We choose to ascend using the Devils Ladder route. It is the easiest route to take but there are quite a few loose rocks to take in to account on the way up. Unfortunately the day that we climbed was quite misty (but I guess it can be hard to find a good clear day in Ireland). The beginning of the hike is through farmland at Cronins yard.
You then pass by the two lakes and start to ascend up a rocky face of the mountain.
Once you get to the top of the rocky face, you must continue wal upward to your right until you finally reach the peak.
Unfortunately, as you can see, we could barely see the front of our hands when we reached the top. But we were all happy to see the cross at the top.
We then descended on the same route.
All in all the hike should take about 6 or 7 hours total. It is quite a popular hike so you’ll definitely see others along the way.