Macgillycuddy's Reeks

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MacGillycuddy's Reeks
Coomloughra Valley
MacGillycuddy's Reeks
Coomloughta Glen
Corrán Tuathail and Hag's Tooth
Binn Chaorach

MacGillycuddy's Reeks (Irish: Na Cruacha Dubha, meaning "the black stacks") is a mountain range in County Kerry, Republic of Ireland. Stretching slightly over 19 km (12 mi), it includes the highest peaks in Ireland and the only peaks on the island that are over 1,000 metres (3,300 ft). The highest of these is Carrauntoohil (1,038 m), followed by Beenkeragh (1,010 m) and Caher (1,001 m). The range also includes many other Hewitts (peaks of over 2,000 ft). The mountains, part of the Armorican Highlands, are of glacial-carved Devonian sandstone and are on the Iveragh Peninsula near the Lakes of Killarney.

The name of the range dates to the 18th century. It is derived from the family or clan name Mac Giolla Mochuda (anglicised MacGillycuddy) 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 prior, 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.

"MacGillycuddy's Reeks" is also the name of a song on Warren Zevon's album My Ride's Here.[1] The song is set on the Iveragh Peninsula and also mentions the "Killarney shore" and Innisfallen. It was co-written by Ulster poet Paul Muldoon.

List of peaks[edit]

# Peak Other names Height
1 Corrán Tuathail Carrauntoohil 1,038m[2]
2 Binn Chaorach Beenkeragh, Benkeeragh 1,010m[3]
3 Cathair na Féinne Caher 1,001m[4]
4 Cnoc na Péiste Knocknapeasta 988m[5]
5 Cathair Thiar Caher West 975m[6]
6 Maolán Buí - 973m[7]
7 The Bones Carrauntoohil Tooth, Knockoughter 959m[8]
8 Cnoc an Chuillin - 958m[9]
9 An Gunna Mór The Big Gun, Lackagarrin 939m[10]
10 Cruach Mhór - 932m[11]
11 Cnoc an Chuillinn Thoir Cnoc an Chuillinn East 926m[12]
12 Cnoc Broinne Thiar Knockbrinnea West 854m[13]
13 Stumpa Bharr na hAbhann - 851m[14]
14 Screig Mhór Skregmore 848m[15]
15 Cnoc Broinne Thoir Knocnbrinnea East 847m[16]
16 Cnoc na Toinne - 845m[17]
17 Cnoc Iochtair - 747m[18]
18 Cnoc an Bhráca - 731m[19]
19 Cnoc na dTarbh - 655m[20]
20 Stumpa an tSaimh/
Stuimpín an Daimh
Hag's Tooth,
Stumpeenadaff
650m[21]
21 Cnoc Breasail Brassel 575m[22]
22 Screig Bheag Skregbeg 573m[23]
23 Binn Bhán - 461m[24]
24 Binn Dubh - 452m[25]
25 Binn Dhearg Beendarrig, Bendarrig 451m[26]
26 Struicín Strickeen 440m[27]
27 Cnoc Breac Knockbrack 425m[28]

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Coordinates: 52°01′N 9°42′W / 52.01°N 9.70°W / 52.01; -9.70