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Knocknadobar Mountain Cnoc na dTobar A name in Irish
(Ir. Cnoc na dTobar [OSI], 'hill of the wells') Kerry County In Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish Highest Hundred Lists

Height: 690m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 83 Grid Reference: V50648 84516 This summit has been logged as climbed by 94 members. Recently by: chalky, Fergalh, Conor74, hugh_oc, HillmanImp, Rob_Lee, Cobhclimber, tomodub, jlk, conormcbandon, nolanlyn, thomas_g, oldsoldier, Colin Murphy, comsean
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Longitude: -10.175101, Latitude: 51.993108 Prominence: 565m,   Isolation: 1.1km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 450630 584575,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Kncknd, 10 char: Knckndbr

Knocknadobar is a hill of pilgrimage. The stations of the cross were erected by Canon Brosnan in 1855. One of the wells referred to in the name is St. Fursey's Well, located at the foot of the mountain, near the start of the pilgrimage route to the summit. It is visited for a cure for eye complaints. See Máire MacNeill, 'The Festival of Lughnasa' (pp. 137-39) for details of the mountain pilgrimage.   Knocknadobar is the highest mountain in the Iveragh NW area and the 123rd highest in Ireland.

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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Knocknadobar in area Iveragh NW, Ireland
Picture: Summit trig pillar
 
Approach from west up Pilgrim's Path
Short Summary created by Colin Murphy  17 Feb 2014 The simplest approach is to park by the side of the road at approx. V482 829 (Point A), cross the road and take the nearby pilgrim’s path (signposted) heading NE, which is gentle at first but becomes quite steep around V 495 845 (Point B). The path continues all the way to the summit area, which is marked by a couple of large crosses. The high point itself is a few hundred metres to the east of the main cross, marked by a trig pillar surrounded by stones.
Point A: V482 829 Point B: V495 845

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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Knocknadobar in area Iveragh NW, Ireland
Picture: Glendalough Lake from the Knocknadober "arête".
by osullivanm  14 Aug 2005 Knocknadober, nestling on the very west of the Iveragh Peninsula offers the possibility of some very pleasant walking plus magnificent views (weather permitting). One approach is to follow the N70, cross Darby's Bridge and start from the coast road at approx. V525 875 (Point C). There is a fairly gentle ascent up the valley to the Glendalough Lakes then veering westwards to the ridge for Knocknadober. Being a committed "500M bagger " a quick twirl to include Knocknadober North Top (point 602) was included before ascending Knocknadober itself. Somewhat unexpectedly, there was a steep descent from Knocknadober to the ridge leading to Kells Mountain (must read the map more carefully in future) which Seán O'Suilleabháin describes as an "arête" in his book "Walk Guide - Southwest of Ireland". Whatever the description, reasonable care is required in making the descent but it is well worth the effort as it affords spectacular views of the Glendalough Lakes and the Dingle Peninsula beyond.
Point C: V525 875
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Knocknadobar in area Iveragh NW, Ireland
 
by conorobyrne  2 Jun 2004 This is my favourite walk in Ireland (I have done it several times, mostly in summer).
On a fine day the views from the summit are second to none. To the NW you can see
the Blasket Islands. To the SW you look across over Caherciveen and Valentia Island
to the Skelligs. To the E you can see the Carrantuohill range. Also fantastic views
of the coastline of the Iveragh peninsula itself (see picture below, taken from the north top).

The walk itself is not too taxing - it can easily be done in less than 4 hours. There
is a track going up the SW ridge which follows stations of the cross all the way to the summit
(this sounds awful but it doesn't spoil the walk too much). If you are feeling like a bit more
walking you can walk to the next summit to the east, Kells mountain (I haven't done this but
my guess is that it would add about 2 hours onto your walk). If not then follow the
ridge around to the north and then decend the NW ridge. The NW ridge doesn't have a
marked track on it so the decent is through some rough heather but it is not difficult.

This ridge brings you down to the pier at Coonana harbour. If the tide is in this is
fantastic place for a swim to round the day off!

Note: Be careful to stick to the path on the SW ridge - we had an unpleasant encounter with a
South Kerry farmer (not generally known for their love of hillwalkers!) on one occasion
when we tried crossing a field to access this ridge.
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Knocknadobar in area Iveragh NW, Ireland
Picture: Vera taking a break
by tiktiktik3  22 Jul 2007 Like Groagh Patrick, this is a pilgrimage mountain. The Folk doing the pilgrimage refer to it as "Stations of the Cross" because of the crosses on its slopes with a huge Celtic cross on top to mark its highest point. It's easy enough to find, from the town of Kilorglin You follow the N72 until You reach Cahersiveen. Turn right at the tourist office and cross the bridge. Again take the first right and continue along that road. The second road on your left is the one You need. If You pass the entrance and ride a bit further You'll be rewarded with a great little harbor view and more important a safe spot to park Your car. It's a 15 to 20 min walk to the entrance, once inside, we walked through some fields in the direction of the first cross. (take good care to close all three fence gates behind You)., We tried to keep track of the crosses but I must confess we missed a few. From the road You can see the first four, but once behind the first rim the crosses are invisible from below and not painted anymore. Near the top some even came down with rockslides… The climb itself is straightforward, the reward however is plentiful with spectacular views all around. At one point we thought we were almost on top (we lost the crosses at the time) only to see one halfway up another slope. We decided to take a break, while sitting there we noticed patches of rain clouds coming over the top of the mountain but decided to continue anyway. As We started out again it got darker and darker and after a while We where completely surrounded by grey fog. All sound was muffled and visibility had shrunk to almost zero so in that last stretch We lost each other. Must say it was a bit eerie, Cnock na Dtobar proved it was everything and more than my imagination ever could have come up with. I headed on towards the summit and after some time I noticed the Celtic Cross above Me with Vera sitting at it's foot, happy to see Me arrive. It was the only place one could take some cover from the harsh Ice cold winds. I sat Me down beside her and silently we waited as due to the darkness and the foggy clouds We where not sure if going down was advisable. Then suddenly the clouds lifted and beams of light flashed down into the valley below like stage lights revealing only parts of the landscape at a time just for a moment and shifting again to another spot. It's impossible to put on paper. I can only say that no lightshow I ever witnessed presented Me with a spectacle as We had the chance to see that day. Mind You it al happened fast and 15min later all traces of fog and rain clouds where gone and we started our decent in sunlight again. About halfway down as a bonus that sun went down in a blaze of colors over the surrounding mountains and by the time we reached the road again it was dark…
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Knocknadobar in area Iveragh NW, Ireland
Picture: Start of the Stations of the Cross path
 
by dbloke  22 Feb 2009 Parked the car at Coonanna Harbour and walked the 15 mins or so back along the road to the start of the Stations of the Cross path. The first couple of stations are easyily found, then it gets tricky. There are so many paths, tracks and sheep trails it becomes impossible to discern which is the main one. Not sure if we found all the stations, we quickly lost count. About half way up all the paths converge into one main one which brings you onto the main ridge. If I was to do this again I think I would take Joss Lynam's advice (from his Best Irish Walks book) and take the ridge route all the way up. When the weather is good this is the best time of year for walking. There was nobody around, the views were spectacular, visibility clear with no heat haze, no midges eating you alive and all the ferns have died down. 10 mins into lunch however the cloud rolled in, the wind picked up and the temperature dropped about 10 degrees. So we donned hats and gloves and headed to the North top...
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Knocknadobar in area Iveragh NW, Ireland
by simon3  12 Dec 2004 Richard Mersey [The Hills of Cork & Kerry] like other guidebook writers mentions the fourteen “Stations of the Cross” (places for prayer, with white crosses) which start from the road to Cloonana and lead up nearly to a cross near the top of Knocknadobar. He had some difficulty finding them and says somewhat tongue in cheek “The crosses were positioned to give the worst possible ascent – as an additional penance, presumably.”

This terrain simulation shows the relationship of the main summits around this area. Note that you are looking approximately East in this view.
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