Coomloughra Horseshoe

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Trip: Coomloughra Horseshoe


Altitude/Distance: 800m/15km approx.

Route: Lough Eagher - Beenkeragh - Carrauntoohil - Caher

Date: April-October - Winter ascents for experienced only

Duration: 6-9 hours

Grade: Trekking with a scramble - Moderate to Strenuous

Price: €85 per person


Within the McGillycuddy's Reeks are Ireland's highest mountains.

Within this range, stretching slightly over 19km (12 miles), stands Carrauntoohil (1,039m), Beenkeragh (1,010m) and Caher (1,001m) - the two other 1,000m peaks existing in Ireland. Over 100 other Hewitts (peaks of over 2,000ft) complete what is often referred to as 'The Black Stacks' (Irish: Na Cruacha Dubha)

Not for the faint hearted, this route is a favourite for intermediate and even experienced walkers and is ideal for hillwalkers who want to progress to a longer more challenging day. The views on each section form a fantastic circle of scenery centered around the Coomloughra and Eagher lakes, not to mention the various view toward Sneem, West Cork and Kenmare Bay, The Reeks, The Black Valley and Killarney, The Laune and Maine Valleys, Slieve Mish, Brandon, Dingle and Iveragh Peninsulas. Some previous experience of mountain walking and ridge walking would be an advantage.


This day includes some scrambling with the option of further scrambling being available on the 'Hags Tooth' For those with a good level of fitness, some mountain experience and a love for adventure, contact us today to arrange a day for you to take on this challenge.


Summits reached on this are: Skregmore (optional), Stumpa Bharr na hAbhann 851m, Beenkeragh 1010m, Carrauntoohil 1039m, Caher 1001m, Caher West Top 975m.



Below is a recommended basic hillwalking gear list. If you chave some or most of the items - great! If you don't please contact us as there is no problem arranging some options from the guide on the day.


  • One pair of good walking/mountaineering boots. Waterproof for wet and/or cold

  • Socks

  • Thermal top base

  • 1 good fleece or softshell

  • Trekking pants in summer

  • Thermal fleece pants in winter

  • Wind and water proofs (Gore-Tex or similar): Jacket and Trousers.

  • Head gear: thermal hat and/or sunhat. (Buff, neck gaiter, optional) or balaclava in winter.

  • Adjustable ski poles, Leki or similar.

  • Gloves

  • 1 – 2 Litres of Water in bottles, or platypus in its own plastic bag

  • Lunch consisting of sandwich/snack and sweets, seeds, oatbars or fruit (keep in plastic bag)

  • Small Rucksack big enough to carry your spares and Lunch. (Line this with strong black bag)

  • Spare Top mid layer, socks and gloves

  • Camera with good battery and memory capacity

  • 1 x Flask with hot drink *Optional



The most popular option for many of our clients.


We regularly organise day long excursions, weekend & mid-week breaks and outings for individuals, corporate groups, sports teams, families and friends. The benefits are endless and we can organise all the logistics for you, from transport to accommodation, team building, military bootcamps, walking, trekking, abseiling....the activities are endless! We are your one stop adventure company who pride ourselves on providing the best of adventures in some of the most beautiful locations in the world.


Please contact our office to further discuss the benefits of a private course or guided walk/expedition you would like to challenge your team, group, family or friends!



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