The Bones

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The Bones
Na Cnámha
Carrauntoohil and the Beenkeragh Ridge (The Bones) and Caher Ridge (Caher East Top, Caher West Top).jpg
The Bones (centre, in green) on the Beenkeragh Ridge; Carrauntoohil is back left. The large scree slope into the lake is Brother O'Shea's Gully.
Highest point
Elevation957 m (3,140 ft) [1]
Prominence37 m (121 ft) [1]
ListingFurth, Hewitt, Arderin, Simm, Vandeleur-Lynam
Coordinates52°00′06″N 9°44′50″W / 52.0017°N 9.7471°W / 52.0017; -9.7471Coordinates: 52°00′06″N 9°44′50″W / 52.0017°N 9.7471°W / 52.0017; -9.7471
The Bones is located in island of Ireland
The Bones
The Bones
LocationCounty Kerry, Republic of Ireland
Parent rangeMacGillycuddy's Reeks
OSI/OSNI gridV800846
Topo mapOSI Discovery 78
Mountain typePurple sandstone & siltstone Bedrock

The Bones (Irish: Na Cnámha),[2] at 957 metres (3,140 ft) high, is the seventh-highest peak in Ireland on the Arderin list, or the eighth-highest according to the Vandeleur-Lynam list. It is part of the MacGillycuddy's Reeks in County Kerry, and is a small sharp peak on the dramatic Beenkeragh Ridge, and is sometimes mistaken with The Bone, the north-east spur of Maolán Buí, which descends into the Hag's Glen.


Climber on the Beenkeragh Ridge approaching The Bones, with Caher Ridge in the entire background

The Bones is the highest point on a narrow rocky arête called the Beenkeragh Ridge, situated between Carrauntoohil 1,038 metres (3,406 ft) (Ireland's highest peak), and Beenkeragh 1,008 metres (3,307 ft) (Ireland's second-highest peak), in the MacGillycuddy's Reeks range in County Kerry. The Beenkeragh Ridge is considered as "intimidating hill-walking conditions", along with the nearby The Big Gun ridge, and is often climbed as part of the Coomloughra Horseshoe.[3]

The Bones is often confused with The Bone, the north-west spur of the nearby Maolan Bui 973 metres (3,192 ft),[4] MountainViews Online Database reported that to avoid confusion in rescue situations, the Kerry Mountain Rescue ("KMR"), and the Ordnance Survey Ireland ("OSI") advocated for the official name of The Bones to become Na Cnámha on OSI maps.[5]

Beenkeragh (l), The Bones (m), and Carrauntoohil (r) from Caher

The Bones is the 321st-highest mountain peak in Britain and Ireland on the Simm classification.[6] The Bones is regarded by the Scottish Mountaineering Club ("SMC") as one of 34 Furths, which is a mountain above 3,000 ft (914 m) in elevation, and meets the other SMC criteria for a Munro (e.g. "sufficient separation"), but which is outside of (or furth) Scotland;[7] which is why The Bones is sometimes referred to as one of the 13 Irish Munros. The Bones' prominence qualifies it to meet the Arderin classification, and the British Isles Simm and Hewitt classifications.[6] The Bones is not in the MountainViews Online Database, 100 Highest Irish Mountains, as the prominence threshold is over 100 m (328 ft).

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  1. ^ a b The Bones at Accessed on 3 Feb 2013.
  2. ^ Paul Tempan (February 2012). "Irish Hill and Mountain Names" (PDF).
  3. ^ "THE COOMLOUGHRA HORSESHOE: THE BEENKERAGH RIDGE AND THE BONES PEAK". Aidan McGlynn. 15 December 2016. The next stage would be to cross the notorious Beenkeragh Ridge, which spans the gap between Ireland’s second highest peak – Beenkeragh, and its highest – Carrauntoohil. On the way, mid-ridge, is another high summit, The Bones Peak.
  4. ^ John O'Dwyer (6 June 2015). "Walks: The Big Gun is a blast on the Reeks Ridge, Co Kerry". Irish Times. An expansive crest now leads about 500m to the undistinguished mountaintop of Maolán Buí, and the beginning of your descent. A broad ridge, known locally as the Bone, now declines steeply if uneventfully right to reach the shoreline of Lough Callee.
  5. ^ Simon Stewart (2018). "The Bones". MountainViews Online Database. A rocky arete between Carrauntoohil and Beenkeeragh. Previously Carrauntoohil Tooth in MV and then The Bones. Changed to have main name Na Cnámha in consultation with Kerry Mountain Rescue (Gerry Christie) and OSi to avoid confusion with The Bone a spur NE of Cnoc na Toinne Na Cnámha is the 8th highest place in Ireland.
  6. ^ a b Chris Cocker; Graham Jackson (2018). "The Database of British and Irish Hills". Database of British and Irish Hills.
  7. ^ Mountains – Key Facts. The Munros, Corbetts, Grahams, Donalds & Furths at Accessed on 5 Feb 2013.

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