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Donegal NW Area
Maximum height for area: 751 metres,   Summits in area: 71,   Maximum prominence for area: 688 metres, OSI/LPS Maps: 1, 10, 11, 12, 2, 6 For all tops   Highest summit: Errigal, 751m
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Knockalla Hill Cnoc Colbha A name in Irish
also The Devil's Backbone an extra name in English
(Ir. Cnoc Colbha [OSI], 'hill of the ledge or edge') Donegal County, in Binnion List

Height: 363m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 2 Grid Reference: C23600 34300 This summit has been logged as climbed by 23 members. Recently by: chalky, kenmoore, osullivanm, tiki, simon3, mark-rdc, Summ1t, cerosti, AntrimRambler, Tim_Crooks, Garmin, jmcg, Hilltop-Harrier, mojo, ahendroff
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Longitude: -7.630591, Latitude: 55.155291 , Easting: 223600, Northing: 434300 Prominence: 328m,   Isolation: 4.1km
ITM: 623544 934281,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Knc363, 10 char: Knockalla

Knockalla has twin summits of the same height. It is also known as the Devil's Backbone.   Knockalla is the 919th highest summit in Ireland. Knockalla is the second most easterly summit in the Donegal NW area.

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The Traverse of the Devils Back Bone
by three5four0  18 Apr 2010
There is enough space for 2-3 cars to park at 252341 A, by an old mass rock on the minor road south east of Knockalla. From here follow the road back towards the R247, till you meet a lane way at 247336 B and follow this lane up hill. Where the track swings round towards the Knockalla Loughs, pick you line (left) up hill to Knockallas west summit. Views are superb from the summit, return towards the lochans (there is an all terrain vehicle tracks over the summit area), but choose your line as there is a small bluff and a short but blocky band of small boulders to avoid , right beside the first lough. You can now follow a track towards the twin summit, which ends on its upper slopes and then follow a faint path up to the summit.

On the way there, the space between the tops and small ring contours frame various Donegal mountains and beaches well, have you camera ready!. There is another track which you glimpse from time to time as well, which may be worth investigating. From the second summit, descend straight down hill, taking care to turn a few minor outcrops on the way. You should see the stations of the cross on your left, as you approach an old stone wall and cross a wire fence. You want to be heading towards a lane by an old ruined farm house at roughly 256349 C. As you approach you reach a wire fence, turn right and follow this and again when it takes a turn towards the lane. Cross open ground , with the fence on your left now and walk towards the ruined farmhouse, where you will find a gate onto the lane. Follow this lane down on to the minor road, by a church, where it is a short walk back to the car. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/884/comment/4627/
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Picture: Knockalla ridge from Crockanaffrin
 
Fanad-tastic Ridge Walk
by gerrym  26 Jul 2010
Starting point is the large chapel carpark in Glenvar (256345 D). Take the lane the other side of the chapel, passing fields cut for silage and those full of horses, past an old house to a gate and field beyond. A fenceline keeps the mountainside at bay and following this NE brings the track with the station sof the cross.

Follow this uphill to reach the 3 prominent white crosses at a place of outdoor worship complete with concrete alter, lecturn and chair - an amazing spot which would nearly knock the athiesm out of me! A building contains a grotto and some shelter if it was needed. Views reach over Lough Swilly to the steep drops of the Urris Hills, the other hills of Inishowen and most of the high Sperrins.

Continue uphill and will pick up another fenceline which will lead to the track heading to the E side of the mountain which I used before climbing steeply to NE summit cairn. Good immediate views over the sands at Portsalon. There is water in all directions as peninsulas of land try thier best to reach northward, althought the bigger hills of Donegal from Muckish to the Bluestacks do get a look in.

A distinct sheep track heads for the SW top and brings the delightful sight of the twin loughs, walking high above before dropping down to thier shores on a rough track. Big blocks of scree cover the hill behind the lough - following the rough track downhill allows an easier line of ascent for the SW top. This has significant damage from bikes on the way up and at the top. The sumit cairn is more substancial and gives great views over Mulroy Bay with numerous fish farms. Also just made out Cuilciagh and more easily the big cairn on Muckish and a superb profile of Errigal.

Follow the rough track steeply downhill to the road which leads back to Glenvar. Peat was burning on this warm day - a query easily answered by locals who needed thier hot water! A walk of just over 2 hours which was an adventure in itself. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/884/comment/5973/
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Picture: Knockalla from Stocker Strand
pdtempan on Knockalla, 2009
by pdtempan  20 Mar 2009
Colbha is Irish for a ledge or shelf, and in this view of Knockalla/Cnoc Colbha from the north it is possible to see the ledge which runs along the NW side of the mountain at around 300m, below the summit cliffs. The waters of Knockalla Loughs, situated about halfway between the twin summits, are trapped on this ledge. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/884/comment/3656/
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glasgowjim on Knockalla, 2009
by glasgowjim  15 Sep 2009
There are 2 good ways to enjoy the Knockalla mountain , firstly walk around to the end of the knockalla just past Collins fort along the coast road and you will see a tractor track to the left follow this up and traverse along the top of the ridge all along the way to Kerrykeel. On a clear day the views are superb. Alternatively you can tread in the footsteps of the Fanad men who crossed the mountain to reach the chapel in Glaenvar for Sunday mass. Best way is to climb the "donkey pad " from the portsalon side and then over and along to the church. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/884/comment/4100/
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zayrah on Knockalla, 2009
by zayrah  8 Mar 2009
A nice gentle walk - one way up is to go up the lane from Meentaugh and that will take you to The Loughs - apparently bottomless according to local folklore. Another route is from Lurganbrack which will take you up along The Way of the Cross erected by Fr Doohan. At the top you will find three crosses and a Mass altar. Continue on to the top for some spectacular views across Glenvar and Inishowen to the East Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/884/comment/3342/
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Knockalla in area Donegal NW, Ireland
Picture: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1dpl5q5rVPQ
 
A McVeigh Film
by CaptainVertigo  5 Oct 2014
Gerry McVeigh has posted another top class film on YouTube. This one features a walk along the pilgrim trail of the Way of the Cross to a stunning outdoor chapel on the slopes of Knockalla mountain. A climb to the 2 tops separated by a lovely walk with fabulous views over the mountains and coast of Donegal. All the McVeigh trademarks are there. Crystal clarity. Attention to detail. Lovely panoramic views. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/884/comment/17707/
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