MacGillycuddy's Reeks

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MacGillycuddy's Reeks
Coomloughta Glen
Carrantuohill and Hag's Tooth

MacGillycuddy's Reeks (Irish: Na Cruacha Dubha) are a mountain range in County Kerry, amongst which Ireland's highest mountains are found.

The range stretches for about 12 miles, and includes the highest peaks in Ireland and the only peaks on the island of 3,300 feet. The highest of these is Carrauntoohil (3,406 feet), which is the highest mountain in Ireland, followed by Beenkeragh (3,313 feet), while Caher falls just short of the number at 3,284 feet. The range also includes many other peaks of over 2,000 feet.

The mountains are on the Iveragh Peninsula near the Lakes of Killarney.

The origin of the mountains is as part of the Armorican Highlands, formed of glacially carved sandstone.

The name of the range dates to the 18th century. It is derived from the family or clan MacGillycuddy (Irish: Mac Giolla Mochuda) who are a sept of the O'Sullivan's. The clan chief, McGillycuddy of the Reeks, owned land in this part of Munster for a long time before they received his name, and continued to do so until the end of the 20th century. The word reek is a Hiberno-English version of the English word rick, meaning a stack.

List of hills

The main 27 hills and peaks of the reeks are:

# Hill Gaelic name Height Grid ref
1 Carrauntoohil Corrán Tuathail 3,406 feet V80368442
2 Beenkeragh / Benkeeragh Binn Chaorach 3,314 feet V80138525
3 Caher Cathair na Féinne 3,284 feet V79268389
4 Knocknapeasta Cnoc na Péiste 3,241 feet V83598418
5 Caher West Top Cathair Thiar 3,199 feet V78998401
6 Maolán Buí
3,192 feet V83218382
7 The Bones /

Carrauntoohil Tooth

3,146 feet V80078469
8 Cnoc an Chuillinn
3,143 feet V82348334
9 The Big Gun An Gunna Mhór 3,081 feet V84078450
10 Cruach Mhór
3,058 feet V84088482
11 Cnoc an Chuillinn East Top Cnoc an Chuillinn Thoir 3,038 feet V82808343
12 Knockbrinnea West Top Cnoc Broinne Thiar 2,802 feet V80788582
13 Stumpa Bharr na hAbhann
2,792 feet V79638586
14 Skregmore Screig Mhór 2,782 feet V79218604
15 Knocnbrinnea East Top Cnoc Broinne Thoir 2,779 feet V80788582
16 Cnoc na Toinne
2,772 feet V81128340
17 Cnoc Íochtair
2,451 feet V78498598
18 Cnoc an Bhráca
2,398 feet V85858545
19 Cnoc na dTarbh
2,149 feet V86238500
20 Hag's Tooth /
Stumpa an tSaimh
Stuimpín an Daimh
2,133 feet V809448506
21 Brassel Mountain Cnoc Breasail 1,886 feet V830823
22 Skregbeg Screig Bheag 1,880 feet V78728743
23 Beann Bhán
1,512 feet V756828
24 Beann Dubh
1,483 feet V749829
25 Beendarrig Beann Dhearg 1,480 feet V762821
26 Strickeen Struicín 1,444 feet V86638822
27 Knockbrack Gulba Mór 1,394 feet V80198810

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