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Ox Mountains Area , N: Sligo Hills Subarea
Feature count in area: 18, by county: Sligo: 17, Mayo: 1, OSI/LPS Maps: 16, 24, 25, 31, 32, 33
Highest Place: Knockalongy 544m

Starting Places (13) in area Ox Mountains:
Belra, Glen Wood, Glenwood CP, Kingsmountain Wind Farm, Knockalongy, Largan Hill, Lough Achree, Lough Easkey, Masshill School, Queen Maeve's Grave, Rathcarrick Wood, Slishwood CP, Union Woods CP

Summits & other features in area Ox Mountains:
Cen: Annatoran: Annatoran 512m, Cloonacool 440m, Meenamaddo 330m, Sruffaungarve Top 400m
Cen: Talt: Knocknasliggaun 417m, Largan Hill 413m, Larganmore 276m
Cen: Tobercurry: Knocknashee 276m, Mucklety Hill 217m
N: Knockalongy: Cloonagh 349m, Knockalongy 544m, Knockalongy North-East Top 541m, Knockalongy South-West Top 521m
N: Sligo Hills: Doomore 272m, Killerry Mountain 293m, Knocknarea 327m, Slieve Daeane 275m, Slieveward 199m

Note: this list of places may include island features such as summits, but not islands as such.
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Knocknarea, 327m Hill Cnoc na Riabh A name in Irish,
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(Ir. Cnoc na Riabh [GÉ], 'hill of the stripes'), Sligo County in Connacht province, in Binnion Lists, Knocknarea is the 1104th highest place in Ireland. Knocknarea is the most northerly summit in the Ox Mountains area.
Grid Reference G62610 34586, OS 1:50k mapsheet 16,25
Place visited by: 247 members, recently by: quarryman, Overarroo, andalucia, tonio22, bogllama2210, fsvanbuuren, josvanderlinden, Dee68, adam.mann, maitiuocoimin, gdg, SamanthaG, oreills8, FilHil, ToughSoles
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Longitude: -8.574496, Latitude: 54.258764, Easting: 162610, Northing: 334586, Prominence: 312m,  Isolation: 7.4km, Has trig pillar
ITM: 562567 834589
Bedrock type: Dark fine-grained cherty limestone, (Dartry Limestone Formation)
Notes on name: P.W. Joyce preferred the interpretation Cnoc na Riaghadh, 'hill of the executions'. Cnoc na Riogha, 'hill of the kings', has also been suggested. The huge cairn on the summit plateau is called Meascán Méabha, 'Maeve's mound'. It is considered likely that it conceals a passage tomb, though it has not yet been excavated. For more information on the archaeology, see Transforming Knocknarea - the archaeology of a mountain by Stefan Bergh, Archaeology Ireland, vol. 14, no. 2 (2000), pp. 14-18.
  Short or GPS IDs, 6 char: Knc327, 10 char: Knocknarea

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Summary for Knocknarea (Cnoc na Riabh): Easy walk up a very dominant feature.
Summary created by simon3 2011-02-15 11:27:15
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Picture: Central and very bumpy is Slieve Daeane with Killerry left of it in this view of ascent.
The distinctive flat-topped shape of Knocknarea with the large 10m high tomb on top is a natural magnet from a long distance in Sligo, particularly to the west of the town and towards Strandhill. It's very visible from the N4.
One place to start from is at QMv Grv (G6369 3394) where there is a substantial carpark. The summit is then around 1300m NW which should take around 25 minutes at a leisurely pace. The view from the top is magnificent, including much of the Ox Mountains and the Dartrys such as the Castlegals and Benbulben, as well as the indented coastline of Ballysadare Bay and Sligo Harbour.
Member Comments for Knocknarea (Cnoc na Riabh)
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Picture: Boardwalk through the tress.
A walk fit for a Queen.
by TommyV 2 Nov 2018
A nice hike up Queen Maeves trail to the large cairn at the summit. This hike starts in the village of Strandhill, head East on the R277 until you reach the newly constructed trail up the North West side of the hill at A (G61946 35871). This will take you on a lovely trek through some woods and along sections of boardwalk up to the large cairn at the summit. It's possible to extend the walk by ascending down another trail on the East side of the hill and follow the road back around the West side of the hill into Strandhill. If doing this, a little detour to walk along The Secret Glen at B (G62471 33421) is a must. The Venue Bar is a must for a few pints and food. Linkback:
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Picture: Queen Maeve's final resting place?
A stroll in Sligo.
by Brendan777 28 Jul 2010
This is a great hill for beginners or for someone who wants to give children a gentle introduction to the joys of hillwalking. From the sizeable carpark there is a stone path which winds its way past fields of cattle and horses up to a gate which is roughly halfway up the hill. After you pass through the gate there is a steepish grassy section for a bit, but if you take your time it is not too tiring. Before you know it you will be at the top where the views are wonderful. In particular, there is a great view of Benbulben keeping watch over the Sligo countryside. It is easy to see why WB Yeats was so fond of this part of the country. The photo shows the huge mound at the top of Knocknarea which is reputed to be Queen Maeve's tomb. Linkback:
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Picture: Knocknarea from Killerry
ALL ! of Sligo
by swoop 28 Jan 2011
Taken 27th jan 2011 , from Killery Mountain above Slish Wood. 297m + summit, just enough to see EVERYTHING that Sligo is famous for..... what a county. Linkback:
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Picture: From Standhill later in the day
Lots of interest
by Aidy 31 Aug 2015
Walked up from the car park to the east. As others have said, brilliant views for a very short, easy walk, and the added interest of the huge burial cairn on the summit. Also saw a few other interesting things on the way up - a stoat disappearing into the undergrowth near the car park, and fossils in the rocks exposed by the path about half way up. Linkback:
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hazyview on Knocknarea
by hazyview 11 Sep 2008
Knocknarea has everything for the inexperienced climber- ease of access, rough path, great sense of history (& mystery!) and an unbelievable view of the North West Atlantic coast from the top. Climbing Knocknarea recently inspired me to take up mountain climbing. Linkback:
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