Experience the beautiful mountain scenery of County Kerry in South West Ireland and the rugged Wicklow Mountains in Leinster, and climb the highest peak in Ireland’s 3 biggest mountain ranges, all in one weekend.
The Three Peaks of Ireland are:
Brandon Peak on the Dingle Peninsula, at 952m, is the highest mountain in the Brandon Mountain range. Mount Brandon (Irish: Sliabh Bhreandáin or Cnoc Bréanainn) takes its name from Saint Brendan 'The Navigator', who legend suggests climbed to the summit around 530AD to see the Americas, before setting sail for them.
Mount Brandon owes its craggy shape to the work of local glaciers during the ice age, which gouged out a series of corries (cwms) on the eastern flank of the mountain. Running in a line almost all the way to the summit are some Paternoster lakes, a series of rock steps each of which are occupied by a lake, the largest being Loch Cruite.
Carrauntoohil, at 1038m, is the highest mountain in the Macgillycuddy’s Reeks range and the highest mountain in Ireland. A large metal cross, 5m tall, tops the peak. The name 'Carrauntoohil' derives from the Irish language Corrán Tuathail, meaning 'Tuathal's sickle'.
Lugnaquilla, at 925m, is the highest mountain in the Wicklow Mountain range. In Irish, Lugnaquilla = Log na Coille, meaning Hollow of the Wood. Views, on a clear day extend east across the Irish Sea to the hills of the Llŷn Peninsula and mountains of Snowdonia in Wales.
Duration: long weekend
- 3 days guiding by qualified mountain leaders
- Total Distance - 20 to 25 miles depending on choice of routes
- Total Height Gain - 2,500m
- Highest Point - 1,038m - Carrauntoohil
- Comfortable accommodation provided to take the hassle out of your trip.
- Many years experience offering guided trips.
You need to be pretty fit and have a head for heights.
- Set open dates or bespoke courses for individuals to larger groups - just ask if the date you want is not listed.
- Total Distance – 20 to 25 miles depending on choice of routes
- Total Height Gain – 2,500m
- Highest Point – 1,038m - Carrauntoohil
- Total Distance – 7 to 9 miles depending on choice of route
- Total Height Gain – 800m
- Highest Point – 952m - Brandon
- Total Distance – 8 to 11 miles depending on choice of route
- Total Height Gain – 1,000m
- Highest Point – 1,038m - Carrauntoohil
- Total Distance – 6 miles
- Total Height Gain – 700m
- Highest Point – 925m – Lugnaquilla
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The trip starts on a Thursday and finishes on the Monday. At the start of your trip you will meet your guide who is a qualified mountain leader. A typical itinerary may look like this:
|Thursday||Fly from the UK to Kerry Airport and you will be transferred to the picturesque town of Dingle where you will be staying for the night. Experience some local hospitality at a local Inn!|
|Friday||Breakfast then depart for Brandon. Depending on the weather we will either take the main tourist path or the scenic ‘7 lakes' route. Return to Dingle by mid afternoon and transfer to your overnight accommodation.|
|Saturday||Breakfast then depart for Carrauntoohil, the highest mountain in Ireland. Again we have a choice of routes depending on weather and appetite. Descend the mountain by mid afternoon and transfer to your overnight accommodation.|
|Sunday||Breakfast then depart for Lugnaquilla. Return to transport early afternoon and transfer to Dublin. Either late afternoon flight back to the UK or optional overnight stay in Dublin.|
|Monday||Morning flight back to the UK for people that chose optional overnight in Dublin.|
Please note: This itinerary is a guide only. It can be subject to change dependent upon viability, course members' fitness, weather conditions or for any other reason the guide may deem necessary. Every effort is made to fit the course around your needs and abilities.
To do this trip you need to have a certain level of fitness. No previous mountaineering experience is required, however, the fitter you are the more you will enjoy your day.
Each day will be relatively long, covering between 6 and 11 miles whilst ascending the 3 highest peaks in Ireland, therefore a few training walks and visits to the gym will undoubtedly add to your overall enjoyment of the trip.
You should be able to walk several hours a day whilst carrying a small backpack.
We recommend that you follow a fitness plan in preparation for your challenge, an example of one will be sent to you when you have confirmed your booking.
Although the fitness plan we will send to you has been devised by a fitness professional, this is only provided as a guide and you should seek professional advice before starting your own fitness regime.
The best weather conditions for this trip are between April and October. Please contact us should you wish to complete a trip outside of these dates.
This trip is available for individuals and groups.
You can request the date for when you want to take part in the trip by clicking on the link below. These will then be advertised here.
For 6-7 people on a trip we will advertise the trip here as a confirmed trip and reserve the right to add additional people on to it.
For 8+ people on a trip we will run an exclusive trip.
All requested dates are unconfirmed until minimum numbers have been booked.
Create Your Own Trip Dates
Price & Inclusions
- Professional event organisation.
- Qualified mountain leaders.
- Briefing, route planning and equipment check to ensure you have everything you need to fully enjoy the following days.
- 3 or 4 nights twin room accommodation with breakfast. Single rooms are available at a supplement.
- Transfers between each of the peaks.
- Arrival and departure airport transfers.
- Group first aid kit with qualified first aiders.
2013 price - £549 per person
£75 per person for the extra night stay to Monday