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Iveragh NW Area   N: Knocknadobar Subarea
Place count in area: 18, OSI/LPS Maps: 83, 84 
Highest place:
Knocknadobar, 690m
Maximum height for area: 690 metres,     Maximum prominence for area: 565 metres,

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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 Munster Province, in Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish Highest Hundred Lists, Purple sandstone & siltstone Bedrock

Height: 690m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 83 Grid Reference: V50648 84513
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Longitude: -10.175084, Latitude: 51.993055 , Easting: 50648, Northing: 84513 Prominence: 565m,  Isolation: 1.1km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 450631 584569,   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 127th highest in Ireland.

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Picture: Composite Photo showing Car Park Signs
The Pilgrim Path
by CaptainVertigo  15 Aug 2016
I want to focus on the fact that many, if not most, of those who ascend Knocknadobar will follow The Pilgrims' Path. This path is a very manageable zig-zag which begins on a narrow road west of the mountain (at Killurly West). I suspect that local landowners will have had to suffer the inconvenience of cars parked along the narrow road over the years and perhaps this explains the existence of the car park at V48100 82962 starA. I'd guess that it would take up to 15 cars. What makes this car park a bit unusual is that it appears to be a quasi commercial venture requiring payment of €3 per car. Now there is no issue about paying for parking. What is interesting is that the signposted beginning of the Pilgrims' Path route commences in a corner of the car park. The composite photo shows the two signs. I did not have the pleasure of meeting anyone when i deposited my car there before 6am, nor did I meet anyone on my return after 11am. But I happily deposited €3 in the "honesty box" under the car park sign as I took the view that I was paying for parking, not to gain access to the mountain. I am not suggesting for one moment that a person arriving at the car park on foot would be asked to pay anything at all, but if that were the case I would be upset as I would go out of my way to avoid such a payment. Meanwhile I am happy to confirm that at least one car can be parked free and gratis up the road at V4814182801 starB. Linkback:
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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… Linkback:
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Picture: Start of the Stations of the Cross path
dbloke on Knocknadobar, 2009
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... Linkback:
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Picture: Coonanna Harbour
Spectacular views to the west
by Colin Murphy  17 Feb 2014
The views to the west from the western spur of the mountain are quite spectacular. This one shows the pretty Coonanna Harbour. Linkback:
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Lovely day
by josvanderlinden  29 Jul 2019
Started from the parking at Pilgrims path, easy to find from reading the other comments. Make sure to check the weatherforecast, the views are superb along the way to the summit. It took us 4,5 hours to get to the top and back with our 2 daughters (6 and 9). Linkback:
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Picture: Knocknadobar summit looking towards Valentia Island
riverlaune on Knocknadobar, 2010
by riverlaune  3 Feb 2010
I parked on the road to Coonana harbour just after the grotto and climbed Knocknadobar on 13/12/09 by myself. Like previous contributors I found the route very tricky early on and missed a couple of the stations going up! As I got futher into the climb, the route became more obvious! At the summit I walked over to a steep ridge which overlooked Gledalough lakes and could have continued on to Kells Mountain(633m) and Kells Mtn East Top(612m) if I had had more time. I retraced my steps back to the car making sure this time I touched(and said a small prayer!) at each station! I saw one person on the mountain all day - the views and weather were stunning! Linkback:
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