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Walking Ireland’s Highest Points

January 29, 2010

What’s the plan?

Hike to the highest point in each county in Ireland, reaching them all during 2010.

What’s involved?

The high points of the 32 counties of Ireland are covered by 26 peaks, ranging in height from 276 meters (Slieve Na Calliagh) in Meath to Carrauntoohill’s 1039.

Several counties share a peak. Mount Leinster, for example, forms the high point of both Carlow and Wexford.

Among these hills are some of Ireland’s most popular and appealing mountains, such as Errigal and Slieve Donard. You’ll also find some that aren’t visited so often,  such as Cupidstown Hill in Co. Kildare.

Click on the green icons in the map for direct links to the blog posts or click to see a list of Ireland’s county high points.

Why do this?

  • I love getting up into the hills, but between a couple of years of mountain biking followed by a couple more of inactivity I haven’t been walking in a long time.
  • Last year was an exceptionally difficult year in my life.  Now that I have the project well under way I am trying to raise some much-needed funds for ISANDS, a charity that helped my wife and I a great deal during 2009. So please, give yourself the warm fuzzy feeling that is guaranteed to come from sponsoring me!
  • This strikes me as a great way to see Ireland and get to know my country a little better. From the Sperrins in the north to the Knockmealdown mountains of Waterford there are some great places to see that I probably wouldn’t make the effort to visit unless I was on a mission, like this one.
13 Comments leave one →
  1. ByGina permalink
    March 12, 2010 1:46 pm

    Hey – great blog! and what a great challenge. Good on you. Also – whats the highest peak in Tipperary? I know, I should know this….

    Look forward to reading of your progress…


    • March 12, 2010 2:01 pm

      Hey Gina,

      Thanks for your comment.

      Galtymore is the highest point of both Tipp and Limerick! 919 meters…I look forward to my visit.

  2. mononeil permalink
    April 3, 2010 11:33 am

    Good Luck in your quest. I will drop by from time to time and check up on your progress.

  3. heightsofmadness permalink
    April 13, 2010 11:15 pm

    Hi there
    Just wanted to say what an interesting blog. I visited the highest points of the UK’s 92 historic counties in 2006 and I’m currently writing a guidebook on the subject, so you’re NI accounts helped to jog my memory on one or two things.
    Best of luck with it all,

    • April 14, 2010 11:48 am

      Thanks for your kind words Jonny, I’m impressed at your achievement & was wondering if it’s a done thing in the UK…now I know. I’ll keep an eye out for your guidebook.

  4. Colin smith permalink
    December 30, 2010 8:35 am

    Good luck in your last hike today Murray. Congratulations on a lovely achievement.



  5. Annemarie Gleeson permalink
    February 15, 2011 10:59 am

    What a great site – I just came across it today as I was looking up Barnardos website for details of their Full Moon Trek to Lugnaquilla in July 2011. After reading your blog, I reckon it’s definitely worth a shot! Thanks a million, you’ve obviously put in a lot of time an effort here, Annemarie

    • February 15, 2011 11:47 am

      Thanks for your comment Annemarie, Lug by moonlight sounds great. It’s well worth checking out in daylight too! I must check the Barnardos walk out.

  6. Jarlath Fields permalink
    November 3, 2012 4:54 pm

    Hi Murray, my brother and our sons (10) and (15) have just completed our County Tops challenge having done Carrauntoohil last Sunday. Your blog was a very useful resource. Thank you.

    • November 9, 2012 11:49 am

      Hi Jarlath,

      That’s a fantastic project to have undertaken with the boys. No doubt you’ll all have some great stories to reflect on in the future.

      I’m delighted to hear the blog was of some use!


  7. Jarlath Fields permalink
    November 10, 2012 12:38 pm

    Hi Murray, yes we had a fantastic time showing the boys this fabulous country of ours. Your blog was very helpful, in fact I think we had a print out for each mountain with us on every trip except for Slieve Gullion ( we are from Armagh after all!) many thanks again.


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