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Knockboy Mountain An Cnoc Buí A name in Irish
(Ir. An Cnoc Buí [OSI], 'yellow/golden hill') County Highpoint of Cork, in County Highpoint, Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish Highest Hundred Lists, Purple & green sandstone & siltstone Bedrock

Height: 706m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 85 Grid Reference: W00480 62060 This summit has been logged as climbed by 232 members. Recently by: odonovansf, peterturner, k_mcdermott, Dean, jasonmc, Daingean, Juanita, sophpow, Magsamillion, annemariebbrenna, Hadleigh, paulmcquaid, Helenha, Eirepur, Franky
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Longitude: -9.443445, Latitude: 51.80252 , Easting: 100480, Northing: 62060 Prominence: 685m,   Isolation: 0.6km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 500451 562124,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Knckby, 10 char: Knockboy
Bedrock type: Purple & green sandstone & siltstone, (Caha Mountain Formation)

Knockboy is the highest point in Co. Cork, although its summit is shared with Co. Kerry. It is less spectacular than some of the hills further west, such as Hungry Hill. It is perhaps a surprise that Cork's highest point is lower than Mount Leinster on the boundary between Carlow and Wexford, two counties which are hardly known for their mountains. All of this goes to show that ruggedness and height do not always go hand in hand.   Knockboy is the highest mountain in the Shehy/Knockboy area and the 106th highest in Ireland. Knockboy is the highest point in county Cork.

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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Knockboy in area Shehy/Knockboy, Ireland
Picture: From Lough Boy
 
The Top of Cork
Short Summary created by Colin Murphy, jackill,  17 May 2016
Park at V98530 61072 A , a gravel area next to a commemorative stone for "The Priests Leap" room for 2 cars. There are options for parking also before and after this. Cross the first of many sheepwire fences and make your way to the shores of Lough Boy, here pick up another fence to the north of the lake and follow it to the summit trig and small cairn. views of the Shehys to the east, the 'Reeks to the north and the Cahas to the west.

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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Knockboy in area Shehy/Knockboy, Ireland
Picture: Knockboy - Borders between Cork and Kerry are important! Check the fence going through the lake
The start of a CHP Challenge
by paddyobpc  23 Jan 2017
Walk Date: 26 Jun 2015. It was during a search for mountains to climb while on a break in the Schull area that I learned that Knockboy was the highest point in Cork. My daughter Rachel and son Dillon(dillonkdy) joined me for the walk. We started near the famous “Priests Leap” and although it was misty with poor visibility we managed to follow the fence, following the twists and turns explained by others on here to the Trig at the top. We had no visibility at the top but there were some views on the way down again. We went slightly astray on the way down at one of the fence crossings but spotted it in time thank God. In total we walked 9Km rising over 350m in about 3 hours. The road up to the Priests Leap is very unique to say the least and well worth the visit but it definitely is not for the faint hearted. See Dillon’s (dillonkdy) full story of his County High Point Challenge at https://dillons32chpchallenge.github.io/progress/index.html We also found Kieron Gribbon's High Point Ireland website (www.highpointireland.com) to be a useful source of information for our 32 County High Points challenge. Definitely worth checking out if you're planning to do any of the High Point challenges. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/104/comment/18802/
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Knockboy in area Shehy/Knockboy, Ireland
Picture: Gully above Lough Akinkeen
 
One of Munster's Monsters
by kernowclimber  11 Oct 2013
After our sortie on Hungry Hill using Lynch’s ‘Munster’s Mountains’ back in May we might have expected another challenge in the wilds of West Cork! We resolved to tackle Cork’s highest mountain via a gully from Lough Akinkeen described in Lynch’s book. There is room for only one car at IW 02229 65760 B by a gateway onto a forestry track where I was bitten alive by clouds of horseflies and midges before I’d even had time to don the DEET! The recently surfaced track leads steeply upwards to the pine fringed lough situated at 300 metres. Close to the tree line it splits; one branch leads straight through the trees toward the shore, the other trends right running around the SW shore to bring the climber close to the steep cliffs of Lough Akinkeen. There are several near vertical gullies etched deeply into the cliff face. The one we chose is above a fence, contains a small stream and is to the right of a long unclimbable gully that shoots leftwards toward the highest point of the cliffs. Leave the path and cross the fence below the gully. Climb about 100 metres up through long grass and heather to reach the bottom of the gully.

The 200m gully, described separately, was wet, much vegetated and the rock was green with slime and greasy to climb. Near the top, the views of Lough Akinkeen, Knockantooreen and Carran were inspiring until cloud suddenly descended. An eerie silence ensued as wafts of mist enveloped us in a ghostly embrace. As we trudged uphill through the heather towards the cairn on Caoinkeen the wind picked up and visibility was poor. The ground is very boggy hereabouts and I had my first experience of planting my feet on what I thought to be terra firma only to find myself sinking rapidly into shin deep bog and unable to extricate myself. Fortunately mcrtchly was on hand to haul me out of the mire that very reluctantly released me with a disgusting sucking sound. Suitably soiled we continued S-SW past the trig point towards Knockboy some 2.5km distant. The wind was now driving droplets of rain that landed on our Gore-Tex jackets and hats with a constant strident hiss. Passing Lough Nambrackdarig over hummocky terrain interspersed with rock, heather and thick carpets of bog, the rectangular silhouette of the trig point at Knockboy finally appeared through the gloom.

We did not tarry long at Cork’s highest point returning towards Caoinkeen but turning NNW to contour round and gain the W ridge of Akinkeen on steep ground near a fence. At about IW 00596 64944 C (the 550m contour line) another fence branched off to the right and we followed this NE down the ridge until the 430 contour line at IW 01027 65440 D, then battled our way through slippery long wet grass to gain the track by the lake. Six hours and 12km later we arrived at our car, leaking wet and absolutely filthy, having completed another of Lynch’s ‘Munster’s Mountains’ which we have now renamed ‘Munster’s Monsters’!! Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/104/comment/5985/
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sparow on Knockboy, 2005
by sparow  23 Feb 2005
You can drive up to the top of priests leap in a car - not a bus (simplifies the traverse to Ahinkeen). It makes for a short walk to the summit, ideal for winter or if you start out late. But, do not drive up if you like your car or don't like reversing. It's unprotected and passing spots are few - I had to reverse up the hill 300M to let a car through. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/104/comment/1492/
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aidand on Knockboy, 2008
by aidand  15 Apr 2008
There are ongoing access problems on Knockboy. Please talk to the locals before attempting to climb Knockboy, or contact the Kenmare Walking Club. I understand that some of the members of this club are trying to resolve the problem. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/104/comment/3043/
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SDillmore on Knockboy, 2005
by SDillmore  17 Mar 2005
Not much to add. Took a St. Patrick's day trip up Priest's Leap. The warm weather didn't follow me up the mountain. If you look at the OSI map, you will see where the Priest's Leap road goes from yellow to black. I didn't notice much of a change, but sparow was right, oncoming traffic would be a pain. Visibility was about 20 meters, and it had been raining, so very boggy walk to the summit. Easy to get lost, so make sure you have a map and compass. Basically, I just followed the road north from the priests leap for about 600m, followed the stream up to Lough Reagh, then made a beeline for Knockboy summit. Quite the stiff wind up there, and it was much colder than I expected.
I imagine the walk would be pretty in nice weather. The drive up Priest's Leap maybe not so much if you are vertiginous.
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