Cnoc na dTobar is 4.5 kilometres from Cahersiveen town. It has been an important centre of pilgrimage activity since prehistoric and medieval times. The mountain hosted mountain assemblies, especially for the festival of Lughnasa .In the 1880s, Canon Brosnan, Parish priest in Cahersiveen, decided to erect Stations of the cross along the ancient trail on Cnoc na dTobar.
It is one of Ireland’s premier sacred mountains, similar to Croagh Patrick and Mount Brandon, recently approved as a trail by www.pilgrimpath.ie, one of only twelve in Ireland. There are numerous prehistoric monuments scattered around the mountain.
The pilgrims’ path on Cnoc na dTobar is aligned with the Skellig Rocks. As one climbs the mountain, the rocks gradually appear. The Trail is clearly marked, people of all ages can walk some or all of the pilgrim trail. The views are breathtaking and like all the trails in the Skellig Kerry Region, it gives panoramic views over Kerry, and West Cork and the Atlantic Ocean.
Sturdy walking boots, a packed lunch and rain gear are required.