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Right back down to the edge of Fanad on the southern side of the peninsula you will find quite an unusual and striking pilgrimage walk.

On the edge of Knockalla Mountain (Cnoc Colbha – “Hill of the ledge or edge”) also known as ‘The Devils Backbone’  this walk affords stunning views of Lough Swilly and Malin Head on a clear day. Approximately 360m in height, you can access the hill from the village of Glenvar. 

The ‘Way of the Cross’ is a steep uphill walk with the Stations of the Cross along the way for silent contemplation.

There are three impressive Crosses and a Mass Altar at the top. Whatever your beliefs, this is an awe inspiring and peaceful place which still takes a very active roll in the area.

The ridge can be traversed all the way to Kerrykeel via ‘The Loughs’ or ‘The Black Lakes’ two lakes which are apparently bottomless according to local folklore. 

If you prefer to have the benefit of a local guide on your exploration of Fanad get in touch with Mary Doherty of Fanad Walks. Mary is a Fanad native with fantastic geographical knowledge of the area and also lots of tales of life in Fanad, past and present. Fanad Walks Donegal - Mary Doherty

For longer walking tours (2-7 days) you can contact Sean Mullan of Walking and Talking Donegal. See website below

 

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