Picture from Conor74 : Knockeirka from Killaha Mountain, route taken was up left of pic
Picture: Knockeirka from Killaha Mountain, route taken was up left of pic
3 summits, 2 hours, 1 beautiful location Conor74 12 Jun 2010
Parked car at V9254 6800 (Point A). Parking easy enough at a sharp right hand turn on road, but maybe only space for one or two cars. Walked along tarred road that ran south, descending 20 or 30m into the valley and leading into a farmyward at V9264 6765 (Point B), with a couple of enthusiastic dogs. Met the owner who helpfully pointed out a route through his land and across a low point in a wire fence to access the mountain behind. Might try and find a route that will not disturb him next time round. From there the going was walking, no scrambling, but as walking goes maybe not the easiest, a few sheep trails ran through patches of rocks and boulders with fern and heather. Went south east from the farm, ascending to about 300m at V9316 6733 (Point C) and a fence led from there to the top, though had to cross it. At the summit, lovely views back over Kenmare and across to Knockboy in Cork, and west to the Cahas. Quite remote, few houses visible in the Rusheens and Ballygriffin valleys, but looks like few other walkers have ventured up here, no cairn or mark at summit. It was a little boggy underfoot, might be much wetter at any other time of the year. The southern slopes of the mountain looked easier, would possibly have avoided crossing a farm. Decided to press on almost due west and take in a circuit including Barraduff and Killaha. Time from car to summit was about 40 minutes. There are a number of fences at the top, so moving on in any direction will involve much hurdling. WARNING - (i) All 3 mountains contain a lot of fences for a good reason. Lots of sheep. This really is no place for a dog. At all. And (ii) the 2 hours was really for headline purposes, it took us about 2 hours 20 mins overall from car back to car, and we walked pretty fast, so allow a bit more time...
Point A: V9254 6800
Point B: V9264 6765
Point C: V9316 6733
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A shapely Top three5four0 9 Oct 2011
See Barraduff Mountain and Killaha Mountain for the rest of this route. From Killaha mtn, we retraced our steps back to the col with Barraduff Mountain and then contoured below Barraduff Mnt to reach its col with Knockeika and another fence. From this point Knockeirka looks surprisingly shapely and alluring for a 426 metre top. Follow the fence, what else!, up hill to gain the summit with its fine views of the surrounding mountain groups. Returned to the col and this time contoured around to the South side of Barraduff Mtn - there are ATV tracks here. Here you reach the fence to Castle Rock, pass the standing stone, which could possible have actually been a stone alinement. Check out another stone not far away and if you look east or west of the standing stone, other standing stones and stone circles are marked on the map. Follow this fence back onto Castle Rocks' summit and descend down the South west ridge back to the parking space and your car.