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Knocknashee – “Sacred Hill of the Fairies”


Ox Mountains, County Sligo, Ireland

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Ox Mountains, County Sligo, Ireland

Knocknashee ‘Hill of the Fairies’ is one of Ireland’s largest Bronze Age fortified hilltop forts stretching 700×320 meters across this table-top mountain plateau. Being one of Ireland’s seven most sacred hills, its name comes from the Irish words “knock” (cnoc) meaning “hill” and “shee” meaning “fairy” ?‍♀️

Knocknashee Hill is a sacred site for Fairies & for those of us who worship or believe in them. It has been a pilgrimage area for thousands of years. If there is anywhere in Ireland to possibly sight fairies, then this is your best location. A little odd fact about this hill is that it has absolutely no heather growing on it? unlike any other hills in the area that are totally covered in heather.

It consists of 2 large stone cairns (tombs) & the remains of up to 60 circular stone houses. There is also a large stone wall surrounding the entire enclosure. Can you just imagine how it was possibly living inside one of these small stone huts on top of this mountain next to these tombs almost 5000 years ago! My brain aches just trying to even understand it all? Some folk may easily laugh at the idea of Fairies & Spirits etc but one thing for sure….. Our our ancestors were no fools & were very intelligent people. You can clearly see this by the stunning monuments they left behind that still have us gazing in awe today. They certainly didn’t go through this type of effort in construction, worship & ritual for thousands of years ‘simply on a whim’. There are more to these sacred areas that meets the eye & I hope that someday soon the answers will be revealed ?

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