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Partry & Joyce Area   Cen: Maumtrasna Subarea
Place count in area: 27, OSI/LPS Maps: 37, 38, CBE, MSW 
Highest place:
Maumtrasna, 682m
Maximum height for area: 682 metres,     Maximum prominence for area: 607 metres,

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Knocklaur Mountain Cnoc Láir A name in Irish (prob. Ir. Cnoc Láir [PDT], 'middle hill') Galway/ Mayo County in Connacht Province, in Arderin, Irish Best Hundred Lists, Sandstone & conglomerate, ignimbrite Bedrock

Height: 518m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 38 Grid Reference: L93561 63112
Place visited by 102 members. Recently by: eamonoc, OisinD, upper, No1Grumbler, rayw, Haulie, Wes, Tran, eoghancarton, Grumbler, abcd, derkelly274, briankelly, Roswayman, FrankMc1964
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Longitude: -9.609229, Latitude: 53.607378 , Easting: 93561, Northing: 263112 Prominence: 43m,  Isolation: 1.9km
ITM: 493506 763152,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Kncklr, 10 char: Knocklaur
Bedrock type: Sandstone & conglomerate, ignimbrite, (Mweelrea Formation)

The name Knocklaur is marked about 1 km E of this peak on the Discovery map. As there is no summit at this point, it is not clear exactly which hill the name applies to.   Knocklaur is the 511th highest place in Ireland.

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A dramatic location .. by group   (Show all for Knocklaur (Cnoc Láir))
Best view of the Devil .. by wicklore   (Show all for Knocklaur (Cnoc Láir))
Knocklaur is an impressive spur pushing north in .. by simon3   (Show all for Knocklaur (Cnoc Láir))
First top on a Devilsmother Horseshoe .. by fingalscave   (Show all for Knocklaur (Cnoc Láir))
Approaches from the North and East
by Onzy  26 May 2014
Knocklaur can be approached from the North at Glennacally bridge (L93519 65641 H) where there is some parking on waste ground adjacent to a bungalow surrounded by trees. Permission can be sought at the bungalow and will probably be given readily. Knocklaur can be the first hill on a circuit to also include Devilsmother and its North top.

The route south to Knocklaur crosses two streams, the Glenncally and the Glenfree, both of which can become seriously difficult to cross after rain. I would recommend crossing these at the earliest possible opportunity or you may be condemned to wander upstream of both and away to the east of your route. In fact, if doing this route again, I would cross to the west of the Glenncally river at the bridge which would outflank the Glenfree.

Fingalscave notes a ramp beginning around L93838 63581 F and ending on the spine at L93486 63545 G. This is likely to be the best approach from north or east. Due to detours made in order to get across the river, I missed this ramp and wound up well south of the approach to the ramp - instead I looked straight up at a wall of a hill which looked staggeringly steep. I did get up but at times it felt almost vertical and I had to climb grabbing handholds of mud. Any major slip and I felt would have slid down a vertical 150m before stopping. I would strongly recommend that, if approaching Knocklaur from this direction, that you find and use the ramp rather than any other ascent.

If doing the full circuit, it is worth noting that it is much safer done clockwise; descending north or east off Knocklaur is fraught with danger. Linkback:
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Up the northern spur .. by markmjcampion   (Show all for Knocklaur (Cnoc Láir))
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