The Macgillycuddy’s Reeks are an imposing mountain range located in Ireland, in County Kerry, and more precisely, on the beautiful Iveragh Peninsula, a popular area for visitors. The view of these mountains is simply sublime, and will perhaps encourage those who are reluctant to do a nice mountain hike through the heart of rock, peat bogs and misty lakes!
The Macgillycuddy’s Reeks are rather imposing, and extend over a length of about 20 kilometres, while Carrauntuohill, the highest of their peaks, reaches 1,038 metres in altitude .
The name of this range dates back to the 18th century, and is named after the Irish clan of the Macgillycuddy family, who at the time owned a large part of the territory. Today, the mountain range has kept this name, and has become one of the tourist treasures of County Kerry.
The Macgillycuddy’s Reeks offer a superb 6 hour walking tour, making it one of the most popular areas for walkers! It will give you a complete overview of the wonders of the Macgillycuddy’s Reeks, and will delight your eyes as well as your camera!
Attention: beginners and bad walkers should refrain: this hike is rather for experienced hikers, because of the steep gradients, the crossing of peat bogs and other steep slopes that may put a strain on your feet and your stamina!
For the brave, the tour starts at Gortbue School, a small place where there is a paying car park in the summer, where you can leave your car before putting on your walking shoes… Direction Callee and Gouragh Lake, 2 magnificent wilderness lakes, located at the foot of Mount Carrauntuohill. The trail then splits into a fork: the first road will allow you to discover the rest of the range, and the other, called “Devil’s Ladder”, will take you to the top of Carrauntuohill. (This trail is for hikers of excellent level).
If you wish to explore the rest of the Macgillycuddy’s Reeks range, (whether on foot or by car), we advise you to explore 2 passes in particular:
Both passes are accessible by car, via narrow roads, overlooking Macgillycuddy’s Reeks. They will offer you a breathtaking view of the area, the surrounding peat bogs, as well as the forests and other lakes meandering through the valley.