Looking to get fit for 2019? Why not challenge yourself to the summit of the highest mountain in Ireland, Carauntoohil with great company, and a great cause. Be rewarded with a spectacular view from the summit of this majestic mountain. Even if we’re in the clouds, the sense of achievement will be unforgettable.
Following the success of our last three Walk for Nepal events (Snowdon in 2016, Scafell Pike in 2017 and Ben Nevis in 2018) raising over £36,000, we are running a similar event in 2019. This time we’re taking on Carauntoohil in Ireland, a formidable challenge and fantastic trip in a beautiful country.
Date: Sunday 26th May 2019
(UK bank holiday weekend)
Fundraising target: £150 each participant
Registration fee: £50 (includes the permit fees and local guides)
Start/finish: Cronins Yard, Ireland
Route: Devil’s Ladder
Average walk time: 5 -8 hours
Height gain: approx 1039m
– Where does the walk begin?
The walk will begin at Cronins Yard. We will have a base set up there.
– Where should I look for accommodation?
We will have an area set up at Cronins Yard where you can camp for a very reasonable fee. If you would prefer not to camp then there is plenty of other accommodation nearby
Hotels (prices for 1 room/2 pax/2 nights) – found on booking.com
· Killarney Court Hotel: £184
· Eviston House Hotel: £175
· Killarney Riverside Hotel: £202
· Harmony Inn – Glena House: £135
· The Gardens B&B: £155 (includes breakfast)
. Carrauntoohil Eco Farm
. Camping (pitches 20 euro/night for 2, then 5 eur/pax)
. Luxury ‘Yurts’ 160 euro/2 nights, 1 x ‘cosy cabin’ 70 euros/night+
. The Climbers Inn
. Rooms – 40 euro pp per night
. Hostel accommodation – 25 euro pp/ night
. Camping available
– How do I get to Ireland?
The most affordable way to get to Ireland is to fly and then hire a car although it is also possible to drive from the UK and take the ferry.
Flying from London (example prices)
· London – Cork
. Fri 24th – Mon 27th: £134 return
. Sat 25th – Mon 27th: £137 return
· London – Dublin
. Fri 24th – Mon 27th: £89 return
. Sat 25th – Mon 27th: £82-£89 return
· London – Shannon
. Fri 24th/Sat 25th – Mon 27th: £116 return
Flying from Birmingham
· Birmingham – Cork
. Fri 24th/Sat 25th – Mon 27th: £90-£95 return
Flying from Bristol
. Bristol – Cork
. Fri 24th – Mon 27th: £93-99 return
Direct flights also available to Cork from Edinburgh (£90) and Manchester (£88).
. Dublin – Kerry
· Fri 24th/Sat 25th – Mon 27th: £79-£82 return
– What kit will I need to bring?
Although the route has no technical ground please be aware that slips and
accidents still happen and in some locations can have serious
consequences. Please read our Walk for Nepal 2019 Kit List to make sure you are properly
– Will I need to navigate?
You will be accompanied in groups of 6-8 walkers with fully qualified
mountain leaders. You will be given copies of emergency phone numbers and
procedures in the small chance of separation. Remember there is no mobile
phone signal in places. Please follow any instructions and keep your
leader within sight.
– How fit do I need to be?
There will be varying levels of ability and fitness, so walkers will be
split into groups accordingly, but don’t worry about being split up from
any friends and family. Carauntoohil is a strenuous walk but achievable for
anyone who is of average fitness. You should be able to walk for 6-8 hours
(possibly more) on uneven terrain. Generally the fitter you are, the more
you will enjoy the walk. If you are not already active we highly recommend
preparing your body with some walks beforehand. To improve your stamina
these should be at least 2 hours, on off-road or ideally mountain terrain.
Aerobic exercise like running, cycling or swimming will also be helpful.
– What if I have a medical condition?
These do not necessarily stop you taking part if you are physically fit
and able to manage the condition, such as with medication. But you must
disclose any medical conditions on the sign-up form so the walk leaders
are aware on the day. Please contact us if unsure.
– Can I bring my dogs/children?
Unfortunately Carauntoohil has a no dogs policy so they won’t be able to join on this year’s walk. The walk is not suitable for children under 11 unless they have a good amount of experience of mountain walking with their family. Under 16’s must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
– What’s the weather like?
We’ll hope for Himalayan sun and blue skies, but even in May the weather
can change rapidly in the mountains. High wind, hill fog and heavy rain can be
common, so the right kit is essential to stay warm and dry. The walk leaders reserve the
right to cancel the event or shorten the route if necessary due to
dangerous weather conditions.
– How long will the walk take?
We want everyone to go at their own pace and enjoy the day; taking regular
stops for snacks, photos and to admire the view. The walk will take
between 5-8 hours, with approximately 3 or 4 hours to reach the summit and
at least 2 back down. We aim to have around 15-30 minutes at the summit
depending on the weather and time of day.
– Will food be provided?
We will provide hot drinks and small refreshments at the start and finish,
plus some small snacks to bring on the hill, however you will need to
provide lunch. It’s advisable to start the day with a large breakfast and
bring practical high-energy food (i.e. sandwiches, nuts, flapjack,
chocolate bars, dried fruit) to sustain you on the hill, with at least 2
litres of water.
– How do I sign up?
Any further questions regarding registration, logistics or fundraising, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is a film from 2018’s Walk for Nepal: Ben Nevis