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Ox Mountains Area
Maximum height for area: 544 metres,   Summits in area: 17,   Maximum prominence for area: 490 metres, OSI/LPS Maps: 16, 24, 25, 31, 32, 33 For all tops   Highest summit: Knockalongy, 544m
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Knocknarea Hill Cnoc na Riabh A name in Irish
(Ir. Cnoc na Riabh [GÉ], 'hill of the stripes') Sligo County, in Binnion List, Dark fine-grained cherty limestone Bedrock

Height: 327m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 16,25 Grid Reference: G62610 34586 This summit has been logged as climbed by 151 members. Recently by: ColinCallanan, Miranda, geohappy, poopoobasto, maike, redspud, seamaspeineas, JamieC, killyman1, garrettd, chalky, Brambler, dr_banuska, Rob_Lee, Caithniadh
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Longitude: -8.574496, Latitude: 54.258764 , Easting: 162610, Northing: 334586 Prominence: 312m,   Isolation: 8km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 562567 834589,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Knc327, 10 char: Knocknarea
Bedrock type: Dark fine-grained cherty limestone, (Dartry Limestone Formation)

P.W. Joyce preferred the interpretation Cnoc na Riaghadh, 'hill of the executions'. Cnoc na Riogha, 'hill of the kings', has also been suggested. The huge cairn on the summit plateau is called Meascán Méabha, 'Maeve's mound'. It is considered likely that it conceals a passage tomb, though it has not yet been excavated. For more information on the archaeology, see Transforming Knocknarea - the archaeology of a mountain by Stefan Bergh, Archaeology Ireland, vol. 14, no. 2 (2000), pp. 14-18.   Knocknarea is the 989th highest summit in Ireland. Knocknarea is the most northerly summit in the Ox Mountains area.

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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Knocknarea in area Ox Mountains, Ireland
Picture: Central and very bumpy is Slieve Daeane with Killerry left of it in this view of ascent.
Easy walk up a very dominant feature.
Short Summary created by simon3,  15 Feb 2011
The distinctive flat-topped shape of Knocknarea with the large 10m high tomb on top is a natural magnet from a long distance in Sligo, particularly to the west of the town and towards Strandhill. It's very visible from the N4.
One place to start from is at G6369 3394 A where there is a substantial carpark. The summit is then around 1300m NW which should take around 25 minutes at a leisurely pace. The view from the top is magnificent, including much of the Ox Mountains and the Dartrys such as the Castlegals and Benbulben, as well as the indented coastline of Ballysadare Bay and Sligo Harbour. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/926/comment/5685/
MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Knocknarea in area Ox Mountains, Ireland
Picture: Queen Maeve's final resting place?
A stroll in Sligo.
by Brendan777  28 Jul 2010
This is a great hill for beginners or for someone who wants to give children a gentle introduction to the joys of hillwalking. From the sizeable carpark there is a stone path which winds its way past fields of cattle and horses up to a gate which is roughly halfway up the hill. After you pass through the gate there is a steepish grassy section for a bit, but if you take your time it is not too tiring. Before you know it you will be at the top where the views are wonderful. In particular, there is a great view of Benbulben keeping watch over the Sligo countryside. It is easy to see why WB Yeats was so fond of this part of the country. The photo shows the huge mound at the top of Knocknarea which is reputed to be Queen Maeve's tomb. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/926/comment/5975/
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Knocknarea in area Ox Mountains, Ireland
Picture: Knocknarea from Killerry
ALL ! of Sligo
by swoop  28 Jan 2011
Taken 27th jan 2011 , from Killery Mountain above Slish Wood. 297m + summit, just enough to see EVERYTHING that Sligo is famous for..... what a county. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/926/comment/6222/
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hazyview on Knocknarea, 2008
by hazyview  11 Sep 2008
Knocknarea has everything for the inexperienced climber- ease of access, rough path, great sense of history (& mystery!) and an unbelievable view of the North West Atlantic coast from the top. Climbing Knocknarea recently inspired me to take up mountain climbing. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/926/comment/3302/
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Knocknarea in area Ox Mountains, Ireland
Picture: Cool Blue Bay
Sunny Ballisodare Bay
by swoop  2 May 2011
Took this photo this morning ( 02/05/11 ) from South Cliffs of mountain, I had never ventured down that side before, but the sun was up and I was feeling energetic.. Was I glad I had made the call to walk South. I could see seals having a mid day snooze on the sands below. The cliff edge isnt fenced , so not the best place for those with unsure feet. But it is a beautiful view of the bay. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/926/comment/6333/
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Geo on Knocknarea, 2008
by Geo  12 Sep 2008
A delightful hill to walk if you are in the vicinity, altough i'm about 16 years away from the last time I climbed it, as a student in the then Sligo RTC now IT. A lovely three hours or so of a walk out of Sligo town up to the cairn, take in the lovely views (on a fine day) and then down again. God be with the days!!! Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/926/comment/3303/
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