Irish County High Points

An Irish County High Point is any of the 31 locations in Ireland which qualify as being the highest point in one or more of its thirty-two counties. This list is often referred to as the County Tops or the County Peaks (although both of these alternative titles are open to more than one interpretation - see below). Strictly speaking, County High-pointing in Ireland is different from peak-bagging as some County High Points are located on slopes rather than summits (e.g. those of Leitrim and Roscommon).

Below is the list of Ireland’s County High Points (CHPs).

1,039m - Carrauntoohil - Co. Kerry

   925m - Lugnaquillia Mountain - Co. Wicklow

   919m - Galtymore Mountain - Co. Limerick*

   919m - Galtymore Mountain - Co. Tipperary*

   853m - Slieve Donard (2 options) - Co. Down

   814m - Mweelrea - Co. Mayo

   795m - Mount Leinster - Cos. Wexford & Carlow

   794m - Knockmealdown - Co. Waterford

   757m - Kippure - Co. Dublin

   751m - Errigal Mountain - Co. Donegal

   729m - Benbaun - Co. Galway

   706m - Knockboy - Co. Cork

   678m - Sawel Mountain - Cos. Derry & Tyrone

   665m - Cuilcagh - Cos. Fermanagh & Cavan

   647m - Truskmore - Co. Sligo

   631m - Truskmore SE Slope - Co. Leitrim

   589m - Slieve Foye - Co. Louth

   573m - Slieve Gullion - Co. Armagh

   550m - Trostan - Co. Antrim

   532m - Moylussa (2 options) - Co. Clare

   527m - Arderin - Co. Laois**

   527m - Arderin - Co. Offaly**

   515m - Brandon Hill - Co. Kilkenny

   412m - Seltannasaggart SE Slope - Co. Roscommon

   379m - Cupidstown Hill - Co. Kildare

   373m - Slieve Beagh East Top - Co. Monaghan

   278m - Corn Hill - Co. Longford

   276m - Carnbane East - Co. Meath

   258m - Mullaghmeen - Co. Westmeath

*  the CHP of Limerick is higher than that of Tipperary by <0.5m

**  the CHP of Laois is higher than that of Offaly by <0.5m

County Top / County Peak - these terms are often used instead of County High Point when referring to the highest 'point' in a county. However, these two terms are also used when referring to the highest 'summit' in a county. For most Irish counties, the highest point is located on an actual summit, therefore any of the three terms are correct in these cases. However, in counties where the highest point is located on a slope (e.g. Leitrim or Roscommon) the terms 'County Top' and 'County Peak' can lead to debate. In addition, a 'County Top' is an item of sportswear worn by elite players of GAA sports in Ireland, and their loyal supporters. Of the three terms, County High Point is the only one which clearly refers to the all-important highest point in a county, whether it be on a summit or on a slope.

Information on the highest points in each county of Ireland is the focus of the 2012 guidebook Ireland’s County High Points - A Walking Guide by Kieron Gribbon (creator of this website). This book features detailed walking route descriptions to help you find the top of all thirty-two counties.