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Donegal NW Area   Fanad Subarea
Place count in area: 66, OSI/LPS Maps: 1, 10, 11, 2, 6 
Highest place:
Errigal, 751m
Maximum height for area: 751 metres,     Maximum prominence for area: 688 metres,

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Knockalla Hill Cnoc Colbha A name in Irish
also The Devil's Backbone an extra name in English
(Ir. Cnoc Colbha [OSI], 'hill of the ledge or edge') Donegal County in Ulster Province, in Binnion List, Whitish quartzite with pebble beds Bedrock

Height: 363m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 2 Grid Reference: C23592 34284
Place visited by 37 members. Recently by: Q35on, Fergalh, trostanite, NICKY, Aidy, Lucky1, sperrinlad, Ulsterpooka, kmoore, MichaelE, jimbloomer, sandman, nobutada, Terry-Parker, chalky
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Longitude: -7.630717, Latitude: 55.155148 , Easting: 223592, Northing: 434284 Prominence: 328m,  Isolation: 4.1km
ITM: 623536 934265,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Knc363, 10 char: Knockalla
Bedrock type: Whitish quartzite with pebble beds, (Slieve Tooey Quartzite Formation)

Knockalla has twin summits of the same height. It is also known as the Devil's Backbone.   Cnoc Colbha is the 1024th highest place in Ireland. Cnoc Colbha is the second most easterly summit in the Donegal NW area.

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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Cnoc Colbha in area Donegal NW, Ireland
Picture: Knockalla ridge from Crockanaffrin
 
Fanad-tastic Ridge Walk
by gerrym  26 Jul 2010
Starting point is the large chapel carpark in Glenvar (256345 A). Take the lane the other side of the chapel, passing fields cut for silage and those full of horses, past an old house to a gate and field beyond. A fenceline keeps the mountainside at bay and following this NE brings the track with the station sof the cross.

Follow this uphill to reach the 3 prominent white crosses at a place of outdoor worship complete with concrete alter, lecturn and chair - an amazing spot which would nearly knock the athiesm out of me! A building contains a grotto and some shelter if it was needed. Views reach over Lough Swilly to the steep drops of the Urris Hills, the other hills of Inishowen and most of the high Sperrins.

Continue uphill and will pick up another fenceline which will lead to the track heading to the E side of the mountain which I used before climbing steeply to NE summit cairn. Good immediate views over the sands at Portsalon. There is water in all directions as peninsulas of land try thier best to reach northward, althought the bigger hills of Donegal from Muckish to the Bluestacks do get a look in.

A distinct sheep track heads for the SW top and brings the delightful sight of the twin loughs, walking high above before dropping down to thier shores on a rough track. Big blocks of scree cover the hill behind the lough - following the rough track downhill allows an easier line of ascent for the SW top. This has significant damage from bikes on the way up and at the top. The sumit cairn is more substancial and gives great views over Mulroy Bay with numerous fish farms. Also just made out Cuilciagh and more easily the big cairn on Muckish and a superb profile of Errigal.

Follow the rough track steeply downhill to the road which leads back to Glenvar. Peat was burning on this warm day - a query easily answered by locals who needed thier hot water! A walk of just over 2 hours which was an adventure in itself. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/884/comment/5973/
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The Traverse of the Devils Back Bone .. by three5four0   (Show all for Cnoc Colbha)
 
There are 2 good ways to enjoy the Knockalla moun .. by glasgowjim   (Show all for Cnoc Colbha)
 
Colbha is Irish for a ledge or shelf, and in this .. by pdtempan   (Show all for Cnoc Colbha)
 
Try To Walk The Whole Ridge .. by Aidy   (Show all for Cnoc Colbha)
 
A nice gentle walk - one way up is to go up the l .. by zayrah   (Show all for Cnoc Colbha)
 
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