"A walk up Knock Ma" Tuam Things to Do Tip by sourbugger

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by sourbugger

Knock Ma is a wooded hill that lies a few miles from Tuam, after the village of Belclare on the road to Headford.

The local authority have put in a car park for a dozen or so cars and a well made, broad path that runs in a circular loop that encircles the hill. It passes within a about 30 meters of the summit which can easily be reached. The whole walk can't be more than a couple of miles, so it makes for a good brisk stroll. There is nothing very demanding, so bikes, pushchairs (stollers) and some wheelchairs could access it.

The wooded glades and the views afforded of county Galway are reason enough, but the hill also has a reputation of being a 'fairy' stronghold. If the little people do exist, then they would surely live here. It is even said in local folklaw that the potato famine in thes parts was due to rampant infighting within the fairy-world and that the various factions could be seen fighting over Knock Ma hill.

Arann, my four year old, did not seem convinced although he may have fallen for my story that 'Stig of the dump' had an Irish cousin who lived here (and another relative works as the driver on BBC's top gear). One day he will realise I generally talk a load of utter rubbish !

Address: off Tuam - Headford road

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  • Written Dec 30, 2008
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