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Slieve Miskish Area
Maximum height for area: 490 metres,   Summits in area: 8,   Maximum prominence for area: 395 metres, OSI/LPS Maps: 84 For all tops   Highest summit: Knockoura, 490m
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Cnoc Bólais Hill (prob. Ir. Cnoc Bólais [Penelope Durell], 'hill of the cow-pasture') Cork County, in Binnion List, Purple & green sandstone & siltstone Bedrock

Height: 252m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 84 Grid Reference: V47200 40400 This summit has been logged as climbed by 33 members. Recently by: Eirepur, shaunkelly, Cormacg, markmjcampion, Wildrover, Ulsterpooka, mountainmike, Flatout, chalky, hivisibility, nikolai, trekker, , David-Guenot, Cobhclimber
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Longitude: -10.205835, Latitude: 51.595985 , Easting: 47200, Northing: 40400 Prominence: 252m,   Isolation: 5.1km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 447183 540469,   GPS IDs, 6 char: CncBól, 10 char: CncBóls
Bedrock type: Purple & green sandstone & siltstone, (Caha Mountain Formation)

There is a signal tower at the highest point on Dursey in the townland of Tilickafinna. It seems likely that this hill was called Cnoc Bólais, since Penelope Durell records this name in Discovering Dursey with the meaning 'beacon hill'. Although the translation seems incorrect (bólas is probably related to dairying, from bó, 'cow'), this clearly links the name with the signal tower. A cliff nearby to the north called Foilbolus supports this.   Cnoc Bólais is the 1271th highest summit in Ireland. Cnoc Bólais is the most southerly summit and also the most westerly in the Slieve Miskish area.

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Far From the Madding Crowd
by kernowclimber  10 Jun 2014
A trip to Dursey Island to climb the westernmost peak in the Slieve Miskish range is memorable. What other island offers a hair-raising arrival via cable car, the only one in Europe to cross open sea? Cnoc Bólais could easily be combined with climbing Lackacroghan, but check the daily cable car times (winter has a different timetable).

The cable car that takes 6 people, lifeline for the handful of islanders who live in 3 small hamlets, departs Ballaghboy and takes about 10 minutes to cross Dursey Sound where treacherous swells send the seaweed into an underwater frenzy and waves foam and snarl onto jagged rocks. Suspended in this tiny box, my eye caught a small vial of holy water and a copy of psalm 91, reassurance for travellers shaken to see the sinister swirling of the sea through gaps in the floorboards. A sign prohibiting the opening of the door mid-journey seems unnecessary! And to think that livestock were transported in this tin box until recent health and safety legislation confined this to history!

On Dursey follow the National Loop Walk signposts incorporating sections of the Beara Way and Dursey Loop, which traverses the hilly spine of the island returning along a sealed road passing through the hamlet of Kilmichael. Signposting is patchy so bring a map. The trail is moderate, eroded in places with some boggy sections and areas of slippery rock. Allow around 4 hours.

In 1841 Dursey supported 340 people. Many of the old homesteads nestled in the island’s valleys are deserted, unroofed and at the mercy of the elements, the patchwork quilt landscape of small stone walled field systems containing cattle and sheep and open hillside is chocolate box pretty. Save for one man who passed by in an ancient Land Rover held together by bits of blue rope, the place seemed unsettlingly deserted, far from the madding crowd indeed. The Napoleonic signal tower atop Cnoc Bólais is the island’s most prominent feature. Commenced in 1804 in the style of the medieval forts of O’Sullivan Beare, it was never completed. The views from here are awesome: the jagged canine-like Skelligs rise from the restless Atlantic, the lighthouse on Bull Rock gleaming in the sun like a cigarette stump; north, the inky grey peaks of the Iveragh peninsula; south, the ragged Mizen and Sheep’s Head peninsulas; east, the sinuous spine of the island bedecked in autumnal russets, beyond which lie the majestic fins of ribbed rock above a thin ribbon of coloured houses at Allihies.

Return to the cable car along the road via the cluster of cottages at Kilmichael, where rose scented lanes sport bright red hips the size of Japanese lanterns and startled chickens flee into the hedgerows. Leave the road to explore the graveyard and ruined St. Mary’s Abbey containing the vault of the O’Sullivan Beara clan, many of whom were massacred by the English in a field named ‘Pairc an Air’ (Massacre Field) during the C17th. From here it’s just a few minutes amble to the cable car. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/1001/comment/14840/
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