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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, Purple sandstone & siltstone Bedrock

Height: 690m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 83 Grid Reference: V50648 84516 This summit has been logged as climbed by 117 members. Recently by: Eirepur, mountainmike, IainT, jimmyoconnor, aidand, gallybander, CaptainVertigo, anekk11, ericjones, peter1, PeakPaul, JohnAshton, melohara, fingalscave, bossyboots
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Longitude: -10.175101, Latitude: 51.993108 , Easting: 50648, Northing: 84516 Prominence: 565m,   Isolation: 1.1km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 450630 584575,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Kncknd, 10 char: Knckndbr
Bedrock type: Purple sandstone & siltstone, (Ballinskelligs Sandstone Formation)

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 129th highest in Ireland.

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Approach from west up Pilgrim's Path .. by group   (Show all for Knocknadobar)
Approach from the North .. by liz50   (Show all for Knocknadobar)
The Pilgrim Path .. by CaptainVertigo   (Show all for Knocknadobar)
Knocknadober, nestling on the very west of the Iv .. by osullivanm   (Show all for Knocknadobar)
This is my favourite walk in Ireland (I have done .. by conorobyrne   (Show all for Knocknadobar)
MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Knocknadobar in area Iveragh NW, Ireland
Picture: Vera taking a break
tiktiktik3 on Knocknadobar, 2007
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… Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/123/comment/2777/
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