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Iveragh NW Area , N: Knocknadobar Subarea
Feature count in area: 18, all in Kerry, OSI/LPS Maps: 83, 84
Highest Place: Knocknadobar 690m

Starting Places (15) in area Iveragh NW:
Cahernaman, Cahersiveen, Cnoc na dTobar Pilgrims Path, Coonanna Harbour, Cooncrome Harbour, Coosatemple Cove, Coulagh Bridge Road, unuseableCúm an Easpaig, Ducalla, Killurly SW, Kimego Forest E, Puffin Island, Roads Lough, Tetrapod CP, Villa Nuovo

Summits & other features in area Iveragh NW:
Cen: Cahirsiveen: Beenduff 479m, Beentee 376m, Foilclogh 497m
N: Castlequin: Castlequin 361m
N: Killelan: Killelan Mountain 275m
N: Knocknadobar: Kells Mountain 633m, Kells Mountain East Top 612m, Knocknadobar 690m, Knocknadobar North Top 602m
SW: Ballinskelligs: Bolus 410m, Killurly 331m
SW: Portmagee: Formaoil 206m, Knocknaskereighta 395m, Puffin Island 159m
SW: Skelligs: Skellig Rock Little 131m, Skellig Michael 217m
SW: Valentia: Bray Head 239m, Geokaun (Valentia Island) 266m

Note: this list of places may include island features such as summits, but not islands as such.
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Kells Mountain, 633m Mountain Sliabh na gCeall A name in Irish,
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, Kerry County in Munster province, in Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish Best Hundred Lists, Kells Mountain is the second highest mountain in the Iveragh NW area and the 233rd highest in Ireland. Kells Mountain is the second most northerly summit and also the second most easterly in the Iveragh NW area.
Grid Reference V52808 85830, OS 1:50k mapsheet 83
Place visited by: 121 members, recently by: rhw, maoris, chelman7, ToughSoles, Krzysztof_K, mdehantschutter, Arcticaurora, NualaB, Beti13, Moses, Hjonna, mrfleetfoot, johncusack, nevgeoran, glencree
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Longitude: -10.144229, Latitude: 52.005513, Easting: 52808, Northing: 85830, Prominence: 138m,  Isolation: 0.8km
ITM: 452791 585892
Bedrock type: Purple sandstone & siltstone, (Ballinskelligs Sandstone Formation)
Notes on name: Kells Mountain is the NE spur of Knocknadobar. Kells (Ir. Na Cealla) is a coastal townland at the NE end of Knocknadobar. It has a shop, post office and pier.
  Short or GPS IDs, 6 char: KlsMnt, 10 char: KlsMntn

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Summary for Kells Mountain (Sliabh na gCeall): Steep ascent from north.
Summary created by Colin Murphy 2014-02-17 16:28:08
   picture about Kells Mountain (<em>Sliabh na gCeall</em>)
Picture: Summit cairn
Park at A (V528 872) (Point A). Proceed up through a steep field alongside a stream for 100m, crossing a fence where you'll see a narrow rocky track. Turn left along track for a few hundred metres before ascending directly south via a steep heather-covered spur. The slope becomes less steep at about 400m altitude and the heather is replaced by short grass, which makes the going considerably easier. There are great views over Roads Lough and along the precipitous valley sides to the left. At point B (V533 862) (Point B) you will emerge into a broad, almost flat area between Kells Mountain and the East top. Turn right and ascend the gently sloping NE spur of the mountain for about 500m. The summit is marked by a cairn.
Member Comments for Kells Mountain (Sliabh na gCeall)
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   picture about Kells Mountain (<em>Sliabh na gCeall</em>)
Picture: EIre sign on Kells Mountain
Delira and excira with the EIRE.
by chelman7 12 Jan 2024
During the second world war there was an increase in the number of aircraft flying over Ireland, and in 1943 the Coast Watching Service built giant stone EIRE signs as a navigational aid for overflying pilots. These were constructed near coastal Lookout Posts (LOPs) built between 1939 and 1942, and staffed by local volunteers (Coastwatchers) who kept an eye on our coastal waters. The LOPs (and hence Eire signs) were numbered from 1 in County Louth clockwise round the coast ending with 82 in County Donegal. As the LOP and Eire sign on the mountain here was an afterthought, it is number 83 and occurs out of the clockwise sequence, and is found between LOP 35 and LOP 36. Some of the EIRE signs can still be found in remote locations around the coast, some in poor repair, but in some cases local communities have done a great job restoring them.

Following track 5012 I uploaded to the tracks page will take you past the EIRE sign. Linkback:
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A northerly approach from the townland of Roads
by liz50 16 Feb 2016
Leave the N72 Ring of Kerry road between Kilorglin and Cahersiveen and head towards Kells Bay. Pass the sign for the beach and where the road forks take the higher road. There is parking for 3-4 cars in a layby at Roads Lgh (V53025 87288).
Walk back along the road for approx 300m where you will see a stile at C (V53349 87382). Follow an indistinct path to a fence corner marked by a 'yellow man' post. Follow the obvious track which makes it way steadily uphill to the col overlooking Glendalough lakes at D (V52009 85016). Head in a North easterly direction for a kilometre to reach Kells mountain with Kells mountain East top a further 500m away Linkback:
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Picture: Knocknadober and Glendalough Lakes from the Summit of Kells Mountain
osullivanm on Kells Mountain
by osullivanm 14 Aug 2005
Kells Mountain forms part of the Knocknadober ridge. It can be approached via a steep descent from Knocknadober Mountain followed by an ascent of c. 130 M to the top and gives a great perspective on the steep cliffs of Knocknadober plunging to the Glendalough Lakes below. It could be climbed as a single summit ascending and descending via the Glendalough lakes valley or as part of a longer "Knocknadober " circuit. Linkback:
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Picture: View of Kells Mountain from the NW.
Backlit by the rising sun.
by simon3 11 Sep 2012
This is an early morning view of Kells Mountain from a position at sea SW of Ventry. Linkback:
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Picture: Roads Lough under Kells Mt.'s NE spur
Great views on descent
by markmjcampion 24 Dec 2020
I came at Kells Mt. from its East Top[see comment there for a gnarly scrambling route] and was pleasantly surprised by the views that opened up - both of Knocknadobar's NE corrie and much of SW Kerry including Scarriff Island and the hills spining down to Hog's Head. The route from Kells East Top is a doddle as is the walk down to the col at E (V51985 84944). From here I headed up to see the great views from the cairn at F (V51149 84707) and then doubled back to the col and took the NNE trail back to the start. It's an obvious way back but can be wet and rocky in places. The whole circuit took me about 3.5 hours and certainly beats what I was doing in Hussey's Bar, Killarney this time last year! Linkback:
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