Kerry, Ireland

Hike Caherconree

2 Miles Total - 800 ft gain - Out-and-Back Trail

Originally added by Jordan + Jacki Bolt

Hike this peak for 360 views of the Dingle Peninsula, and see ruins of a stone fort along the way.

Caherconree is the second-highest mountain on the Dingle Peninsula. The ruins of an ancient fort near the summit give the mountain its name, and a place in Irish fokelore. It's hard to not to imagine the stories unfolding as you hike up the steep hillside.

To reach the summit of Caherconree, you'll be left mainly to your own devices. Finding the mountain is your first task. The trailhead is found on the "Road of the Stones", which runs north-south from the village of Camp on the north end to the south side of the peninsula. A small pullout and a plaque are the only markers to indicate the trailhead, so keep a keen lookout. 

From the trailhead, start walking upward. There's hardly a path, so don't worry yourself about sticking to it. The peak sits at 835m (about 2,700 ft). Approximately 150m from the top you'll find the Caherconree Fort - the highest of its kind in Ireland, and dating back to the 7th century, if not earlier. 

Hiking boots are recommended as the soil is peaty and typically damp, and the terrain is rocky and uneven. The herds of sheep roaming the mountain side leave plenty of droppings as well! And, as with every hike in Ireland, bring a coat because it's windy near the top and the weather is likely to change without notice.  

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