The Hill of Knockanuarha is located 5 km (3.1 miles) south east of Kilkishen village, in East Clare. The main summit is marked by an Ordnance Survey Trig Point or Triangulation Pillar. The height is 309 metres or 1014 feet above mean sea level. There is another peak about 10 metres lower and 400 metres away to the west south west.
The twin peaks are known locally as the ’12 O’Clock’ peaks. It is thought that the name derives from a tradition of telling the time by observing the position of the sun in relation to these landmarks.
From the 12 O’Clock Hills much of County Clare is on view, including West Clare, the Burren and the Shannon Estuary, while locally Kilkishen village, Cullaun Lake and Steele’s Turret are prominent. With a little effort, the town of Ennis and many of the villages of East Clare will reveal themselves. You may also be able to identify the many lakes and bog lands, castles and woodlands. In the distant horizon, it is possible to pick out the high mountains of every county in Munster.
There are two natural starting points for accessing the Knockanuarha area, one near John Torpey’s Hurley Factory, and the other at the bottom of the Snata Road.
A range of walks has been identified to suit people of different fitness levels and interests. Thanks to Coillte, you are able to access the forestry and additional paths have been developed under the trees and by the streams which add to the charm of the area and provide access to heritage areas.
The 12 O’Clock Hills Project thanks John Torpey for providing the car park and Mike McInerney for permission to walk by the upper stretch of the Crag Stream. Thanks is also given to Sorcha, Brian and family for access through their property which forms part of the chosen route.