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Iveragh NW Area
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 Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish Highest Hundred Lists, Purple sandstone & siltstone Bedrock

Height: 690m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 83 Grid Reference: V50648 84516
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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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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… Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/123/comment/2777/
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Knocknadobar in area Iveragh NW, Ireland
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: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/123/comment/3601/
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simon3 on Knocknadobar, 2004
by simon3  12 Dec 2004
Richard Mersey [The Hills of Cork & Kerry] like other guidebook writers mentions the fourteen “Stations of the Cross” (places for prayer, with white crosses) which start from the road to Cloonana and lead up nearly to a cross near the top of Knocknadobar. He had some difficulty finding them and says somewhat tongue in cheek “The crosses were positioned to give the worst possible ascent – as an additional penance, presumably.”

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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: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/123/comment/4386/
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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: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/123/comment/15865/
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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: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/123/comment/20589/
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