Macgillycuddy's Reeks
MacGillycuddy's Reeks is a mountain range
Mountain range
A mountain range is a single, large mass consisting of a succession of mountains or narrowly spaced mountain ridges, with or without peaks, closely related in position, direction, formation, and age; a component part of a mountain system or of a mountain chain...

 in County Kerry
County Kerry
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, Republic of Ireland
Republic of Ireland
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. Stretching slightly over 19 km (11.8 mi), it includes the highest peaks in Ireland
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 and the only peaks on the island that are over 1000 metres (3,280.8 ft). The highest of these is Corrán Tuathail or Carrauntoohil (1,038 m), followed by Binn Chaorach (1,010 m) and Cathair na Féinne (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 sandstone
Sandstone is a sedimentary rock composed mainly of sand-sized minerals or rock grains.Most sandstone is composed of quartz and/or feldspar because these are the most common minerals in the Earth's crust. Like sand, sandstone may be any colour, but the most common colours are tan, brown, yellow,...

 and are on the Iveragh Peninsula
Iveragh Peninsula
The Iveragh Peninsula is located in County Kerry in Ireland. It is the largest peninsula in southwestern Ireland. A mountain range, the Macgillycuddy's Reeks, lies in the centre of the peninsula...

 near the Lakes of Killarney
Lakes of Killarney
The Lakes of Killarney are a renowned scenic attraction located near Killarney, County Kerry, in Ireland. They consist of three lakes - Lough Leane, Muckross Lake and Upper Lake.Lough Leane is the largest of the three lakes...


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
McGillycuddy of the Reeks
The McGillycuddy of the Reeks is one of the hereditary chiefs of the name of Ireland. The current family head is Donough McGillycuddy, who lives in Himeville, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.-Mythology:...

, owned land in this part of Munster
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 for a long time prior, and continued to do so until the end of the 20th century. The word reek is a Hiberno-English
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 version of the English word rick, meaning a stack.

"MacGillycuddy's Reeks" is also the name of a song on Warren Zevon
Warren Zevon
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's album My Ride's Here
My Ride's Here
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. The song is set on the Iveragh Peninsula and also mentions the "Killarney
Killarney is a town in County Kerry, southwestern Ireland. The town is located north of the MacGillicuddy Reeks, on the northeastern shore of the Lough Lein/Leane which are part of Killarney National Park. The town and its surrounding region are home to St...

 shore" and Innisfallen
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. It was co-written by Ulster
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 poet Paul Muldoon
Paul Muldoon
Paul Muldoon is an Irish poet. He has published over thirty collections and won a Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and the T. S. Eliot Prize. He held the post of Oxford Professor of Poetry from 1999 - 2004. At Princeton University he is both the Howard G. B. Clark ’21 Professor in the Humanities and...


List of peaks

# Peak Other names Height
1 Corrán Tuathail Carrauntoohil 1,038m
2 Binn Chaorach Beenkeragh, Benkeeragh 1,010m
3 Cathair na Féinne Caher 1,001m
4 Cnoc na Péiste
Cnoc na Péiste
Cnoc na Péiste—often anglicised as Knocknapeasta and more rarely given as Slievenapeesta or Cummeennapeasta—is a 988 m mountain peak in County Kerry, Republic of Ireland...

Knocknapeasta 988m
5 Cathair Thiar Caher West 975m
6 Maolán Buí
7 Carrauntoohil Tooth Knockoughter, The Bones 959m
8 Cnoc an Chuillinn
9 An Gunna Mhór The Big Gun 939m
10 Cruach Mhór
11 Cnoc an Chuillinn Thoir Cnoc an Chuillinn East 926m
12 Cnoc Broinne Thiar Knockbrinnea West 854m
13 Stumpa Bharr na hAbhann
14 Screig Mhór Skregmore 848m
15 Cnoc Broinne Thoir Knocnbrinnea East 847m
16 Cnoc na Toinne
17 Cnoc Iochtair
18 Cnoc an Bhráca
19 Cnoc na dTarbh
20 Stumpa an tSaimh/
Stuimpín an Daimh
Hag's Tooth,
21 Cnoc Breasail Brassel 575m
22 Screig Bheag Skregbeg 573m
23 Binn Bhán
24 Binn Dubh
25 Binn Dhearg Beendarrig, Bendarrig 451m
26 Struicín Strickeen 440m
27 Cnoc Breac Knockbrack 425m

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