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Benaunmore / Mangerton – Hillwalk

February 25, 2018 @ 8:45 am - 4:30 pm

The Cappagh Glen

Join us hiking to Benaunmore/Mangerton on Sunday, February 25th. Three levels of hillwalks are planned this Sunday:- “D” Walk, “C” Walk and “B” Walk with each hillwalk taking different routes.  New Walkers are always welcome to join us for a trial hillwalk before deciding to join the club.  Walkers can sign up for the hillwalk in person in Counihans, Pembroke St, Cork from 9.00pm on the Wednesday before the Sunday walk or alternatively  online at: https://www.corkbackpackers.ie/

The meeting point for the hillwalk is on the South Mall opposite the Imperial Hotel at 8.45am. We carpool from there and leave at 9.00am sharp. Due to the variability of the weather please check out recommended walking gear here: Walking Gear


Looking south towards the south top Benaunmore and Mangerton beyond

Looking south towards the south top Benaunmore and Mangerton beyond

Benaunmore (the great hillock, as distinguished from Benaunbeg the little hillock) is the name of the very remarkable conical bill, which stands at the top of Lough Guitane about 4 miles from Killarney.  Its name and site appears on the Ordnance Map of the County Kerry.  The range of mountains of which Mangerton is the chief flank is on one side and the stately Crohane flanks it on the other.  Two extremely narrow gorges, Esk-duive and Esk-Cael, seperate it on either side from its gigantic guardians.

Stunning Scenery

The pedestrian, on entering the former, comes upon a scene of surpassing loveliness and grandeur, which terminates in a perfect gem of beauty- the little lake Lough Carrig-Veh.  This name signifies, the Lake of the birch-covered rock, being a compound of Carrig (rock) and Bcith (birch). It is named on the map, but not according to the nomenclature of the mountaineers, Crohane Lake. One of the most remarkable features in that scenery is the columnar structure of the rocks, which line, tier upon tier, the narrow gorge.  These rocks are of volcanic origin and are, some pentagonal, and others hexagonal, and all have clear and well-defined outlines.  They are classed by geologists as fillstones n4 are thus described by the late well-known Professor Jukes in his “Manual of Geology ” on page 72.

Benaunmore near Killarney columnar, greenish gray, compact with facets of feldspar and globular specks of quartx.”

An analysis of the stone by Professor Haughton appears on p. 71 of the same work. It is impossible to traverse this mountain pass on a calm day in summer without feeling the sense of unutterable solitude and death-like stillness which reign around. !

Benaunmore – a Poem

‘Now Benaunmore is bathed in summer haze; 

Below, fast-cradled in its rocky dell

Lough Carrig-vea sleeps motionless and well;

High over-head the massive columns raise.

Tier above tier, memorials of old days,

When nature’s early throes and labors fell

Framed the cool grot and close-sequestered tell

Whereon the world’s wanderer loves to gaze.

Oh ! never surely, in her fondest mood,

Did nature build for man, her sovran child,

A more alluring home, where solitude

Might win him to his better self; beguiled.

By concord sweet of mountain, lake,’ and wood, 

To blend the grandly fair and greatly good. 



(Irish: an Mhangarta) is a mountain located near Killarney in County Kerry.  At a height of 839 m (2,753 ft) it is the tallest of the Mangerton range and 25th tallest in Ireland.  It’s western slope lies within Killarney National Park. 

Red Stag on Mangerton Mountain

Red Stag on Mangerton Mountain

It is part of a massif that also includes the summits of Mangerton North Top (782 metres (2,566 ft)), Glencappul Top (700 metres (2,300 ft)) and Stoompa (705 metres (2,313 ft)).

Each of these summits are flat or slightly rounded.  Within the massif there is a deep U-shaped valley called Glencappul or Horse’s Glen. There are three lochs within Glencappul—Lough Garagarry (Loch Garaigre), Lough Mannagh (Loch Meáin) and Lough Erhogh. A short walk north of Mangerton’s summit is The Devil’s Punchbowl, an oval-shaped hollow with a loch in the middle.

The Devil’s Punchbowl on Mangerton Mountain                                                                                                                                       

Battle of Toorencormick

The far northern slope of Mangerton was the site of a battle in 1262 between the Mac Cárthaigh (Gaelic forces) and FitzGeralds (Anglo-Norman forces). The battle-site is known as Tooreencormick (from Tuairín Cormaic meaning “little field of Cormac”) after Cormac MacCárthaigh, who was killed during the clash. The battle was a MacCarthy success however because the Normans avoided the region.


According to Irish Mythology and local legend, when local chieftain O’Donoghue Ross dined with the Devil one evening he punched him in the face. As O’Donoghue Ross was leaving the devil bit off the top of Mangerton Mountain creating the beautiful corrie lake known as the Devil’s Punchbowl. He threw it at the departing chieftain but missed him.  It landed in Cashel Tipperary, creating the famous Rock of Cashel.


February 25, 2018
8:45 am - 4:30 pm
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Anne Collins