Challenge yourself to climb every 700m+ summit in the MacGillycuddy's Reeks mountain range. On this page you will find information about the MacGillycuddy's Reeks 700s Challenge including its summit list, useful car parking locations, recommendations for guide books and maps, and links to local facilities.
The MacGillycuddy's Reeks 700s Challenge requires participants to visit 14 summits in the MacGillycuddy's Reeks mountain range. These are marked on the map below along with nearby car parking options. Click on a marker for more details. This challenge is intended only for experienced and well-equipped hillwalkers and mountaineers who can navigate themselves confidently through rugged and exposed terrain in any weather. Route choice is entirely up to the participant, therefore we have not included any route suggestions on the map. Route planning is part of this challenge.
This challenge is intended only for experienced and well-equipped hillwalkers and mountaineers who are physically fit and can navigate themselves confidently through rugged and exposed terrain in any weather. If you are planning to undertake this challenge, please be aware that hillwalking and mountaineering are risk activities. The Ireland Walking Guide and Donard Media (the websites' publisher) accept no responsibility for any injury, loss or inconvenience sustained by anyone undertaking this challenge. Personal safety is entirely the participant's own responsibility. We will not support any legal action taken against any third-party individual, group or organisation as a result of any injury, loss or inconvenience sustained by anyone undertaking this challenge. We encourage each participant to have adequate insurance to cover any injury, loss or inconvenience that may result from their hillwalking activities.
The inclusion of each summit in this challenge is based entirely on it being classified as a mountain (see 'What is an Irish mountain?') and it being at least 700m above sea level. It should not be assumed that access is permitted to any of the summits. The Ireland Walking Guide and Donard Media recommend that anyone planning to visit any of the summits as part of this challenge should check for potential access restrictions and to request permission from the relevant landowner(s) in advance.
Recommended guide books
Walking guide books are great way to find the very best walks in Ireland which have been hand-picked by local experts. Recommended guide books for The Reeks 700s Challenge are listed below. These describe various ascents, descents and inter-summit link routes.
- Best Irish Walks
- Carrauntoohil & MacGillycuddy's Reeks - A Walking Guide
- Ireland's Best Walks - A Walking Guide
- Ireland's County High Points - A Walking Guide
- The Dingle, Iveragh & Beara Peninsulas - A Walking Guide
- The Iveragh Peninsula - A Walking Guide
- The Mountains of Ireland - A Guide to Walking the Summits
Ireland is covered by a good selection of quality maps produced by a variety of publishers. The most useful maps for walkers range in scale from 1:25,000 to 1:50,000. For The Reeks 700s Challenge, the recommended titles are listed below.
- Harvey Superwalker 1:30,000 - MacGillycuddy's Reeks
- Ordnance Survey Ireland 1:25,000 Adventure Series - MacGillycuddy's Reeks & Killarney National Park
- Ordnance Survey Ireland 1:50,000 Discovery Series - Sheet 78
If you require accommodation, food and drink, or other local facilities while undertaking The Reeks 700s Challenge, we recommend you check out what's available in the following nearby destinations.