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Fairy Fortress: Knockma Woods, Co Galway

Knockma Hill - Photo by Corey Taratuta

Knockma Hill – Photo by Corey Taratuta

This enchanted circular walk through Knockma Woods is both beautiful and filled with legend. It is said the legendary Maeve Queen of Connacht is buried in the cairns at the top of Knockma Hill. Among the moss-covered rocks and trees, Finnbheara the Fairy King of Connacht is also said to have built his fortress. Legend suggests that the 1846-47 potato famine was caused by people disturbing the stones.

After a gentle walk from the car park passed the ruins of Castlehackett, the well-maintained gravel trail ascends to the top of Knockma Hill. Much of the path is uphill, but benches and flat areas are interspersed to make it more manageable.

At the top, mysterious fairy forts are built among the trees and stone walls; there are also several stone structures. Be sure to wander around up there, as there are many things to look at and the view from the the top is quite impressive.

Written by Liam Hughes

Liam Hughes

Liam splits his time between the US and County Tipperary, Ireland. In addition to providing private tours of Ireland, he spends much of his time hunting for broken dishes which he crafts into beautiful shard jewelry.
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