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Cathair na Féinne
View from the peak of Carrauntoohil.jpg
Caher Ridge, with Caher East Top (l) and Caher West Top (r); as seen from Carrauntoohil
Highest point
Elevation 1,000 m (3,300 ft)
Prominence 99.76 m (327.3 ft)
Listing Furth, Hewitt, Arderin, Simm, Vandeleur-Lynam
English translation stone fort of the Fianna
Language of name Irish
Caher is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Parent range MacGillycuddy's Reeks
OSI/OSNI grid V792838
Topo map OSI Discovery 78
Mountain type Purple sandstone & siltstone, (Ballinskelligs Sandstone Formation)
Easiest route via Coomloughra Horseshoe

Caher or Caher East Top (Irish: Cathair na Féinne, meaning stone fort of the Fianna) at 1,000 metres (3,300 ft), is the third-highest peak in Ireland, on the Irish Arderin and Vandeleur-Lynam classifications. It is part of the MacGillycuddy's Reeks in County Kerry.


Coomloughra Lough (MacGillycuddy's Reeks)
The Coomloughra Horseshoe with Caher East Top and Caher West Top on the right, Carrauntoohil back left, and the Beenkeragh Ridge on the far left.

Caher is Ireland's third-highest peak. The mountain lies to the southwest of Carrauntoohil, Ireland's highest peak at 1,038.6 metres (3,407 ft), in the MacGillycuddy's Reeks range in County Kerry.

Caher is often climbed as part of the Coomloughra Horseshoe, which takes 6–8 hours and is described as "one of Ireland’s classic ridge walks". It takes in the circuit of neighbouring peaks of Caher West Top, Carrauntoohil, The Bones, Beenkeragh, and Skregmore. On Caher's western slopes is the townland of Derrynafeana (Irish: Doire na Féinne, meaning oak wood of the Fianna).

Climbers refer to the narrow path that runs along the top of Caher West Top and neighboring Caher, as the Caher Ridge.

Caher is the 200th–highest mountain in Britain and Ireland on the Simm classification. Caher is regarded by the Scottish Mountaineering Club ("SMC") as one of 34 Furths, which is a mountain above 3,000 ft (914 m) in elevation, and meets the other SMC criteria for a Munro (e.g. "sufficient separation"), but which is outside of (or furth) Scotland; which is why Caher is sometimes referred to as one of the 13 Irish Munros. Caher's prominence qualifies it to meet the Arderin classification, and the British Isles Simm and Hewitt classifications. Caher does not appear in the MountainViews Online Database, 100 Highest Irish Mountains, as it is below the required the prominence threshold of 100 m (328 ft).

Caher East Top
Climbers on the summit of Caher East Top with Carrauntoohil in the left background and The Bones in the far left background. To the right of Caher's summit is the long eastern section of the Reeks
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