Exploring the secrets of a Kerry giant

Ascending Carrantuohill, Ireland’s highest mountain, is easier with a good guide – and the knowledge that the comforts of Killarney await you afterwards is also a help, writes Emma Kennedy

2nd July, 2011

Stretched out before us, a verdant patchwork quilt glistened in the sun.

East, west, north and south - on every side lay a view more stunning than the last. Carrantuohill, Ireland’s highest peak at 1,040 metres, had offered up its treasure.

A day earlier, beating my way through the evening rush hour to make the last train to Kerry, the magic of Carrantuohill’s summit seemed a long way off. Instead there was a frantic...

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