Slievenamon Hill Walking

Slievenamon is a mountain of history and mystery of lore and legends. Its name means the ‘Mountain of the Women’ and the story is told how all the fairest women raced to the top to claim the hand of the warrior, Fionn Mac Cumhail. Fionn secretly fancied Grainne, the daughter of the High King of Ireland, so he advised her how to win the race!

Although it looks like a solitary height, Slievenamon is surrounded by a series of lower heathery humps. Some of these, like the main summit, are crowned by ancient burial Cairns. The highest cairn is said to mark the entrance to the mysterious Celtic underworld. A more modern and prominent addition to the hill is the white landmark of Killusty Cross, erected in the Holy Year of 1950.The easiest route to the top of Slievenamon is clearly signposted from Kilcash, while another path from Killusty to Killusty Cross can be extended towards the summit.

For more dedicated hill walkers, there is a complete circular walk around the hill, which is being promoted in the locality, as well as an annual hill race, and occasional guided walks.

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