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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
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Longitude: -9.443414, Latitude: 51.802466 , Easting: 100480, Northing: 62060 Prominence: 685m,  Isolation: 0.6km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 500453 562118,   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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Magnetic Variation
by Daithihill  9 Mar 2015
Hi guys, can anyone tell me the magnetic variation in Knockboy at the moment. 2015? I am new to navigation and find calculating this a little difficult. Thank you. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/104/comment/17873/
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Knockboy in area Shehy/Knockboy, Ireland
Picture: View towards Bantry Bay from summit
 
Great Views from the Top of Cork
by SpiritOf84  6 Aug 2015
The biggest challenge of this outing was getting the car up to Priest's Leap! Took the well documented route via Lough Boy to the summit. Amazing 360 degree views from the top, which was a pleasant surprise as the forecast had been for cloud. Descended around to the northern side and then headed in a westerly direction back down to the road. That provided a beautiful vista on our right down to Kenmare and beyond to the Reeks. Be careful along here in fog though - there are a few dangerous sudden vertical drops. Walked the last 300m up the road to the car.

I would advise against this climb if there is no chance of experiencing the view - wait for a clear day to appreciate it. It's not a huge challenge and would be a bit of a slog without the rewarding views. Also, there are about two places to pull in on the narrow road up to Priest's Leap (Cork side). Well worth stopping at one of these to experience the view across the valley towards Bantry Bay. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/104/comment/18233/
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Cork County Top
by mazamegaza  18 Aug 2015
We decided to approach the priests leap from the north as advised by roscorocket who we had met on another county top. We had no OS map so make sure you take the turn for the priests leap rather than follow signs for the priests leap circuit which takes you away from Knockboy! Its a straight forward walk from the small car park by the cross (2 cars) to the trig at the top. There are signs warning you not to startle any grouse as they are trying to improve the population.
We had beautiful sunny weather and our reward at the top was a panoramic treat looking over to the Macgillycuddys on one side and Bantry Bay on the other. 2 hours up and down as you start the walk so high up. Lovely. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/104/comment/18258/
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Knockboy in area Shehy/Knockboy, Ireland
Picture: Summit as seen from Lough Boy
Cork's highest not a hillwalking high point
by Colin Murphy  17 May 2016
Knockboy was something of a disappointment, I have to say, it being the highest point in Cork and all that. I found it an unremarkable summit in terms of terrain or aspect, although it does provide some good panoramas from the summit. Having done Knockboy South Top on a previous walk, also on a warm summer's day, I have the impression that the area is permanently boggy whatever the weather. Anyway, the drive up Ireland's scariest road to Priest's Leap makes the journey worthwhile in itself! Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/104/comment/18533/
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Knockboy in area Shehy/Knockboy, Ireland
Picture: Fading light at the summit
 
Dash Up In The Dark
by Aidy  22 Aug 2016
On holiday in West Cork, I had taken one day out for hill walking, but after walking Hungry Hill, Coombane and Derryclancy, I reluctantly gave up on the idea of bagging Knockboy later in the day. I was absolutely drenched, and sitting in the car on the Priests Leap road, the pouring rain and cloud completely obscuring the views put me off. It had been so wet that water had even gotten in through my backpack and two heavy duty bin bags, and I was worried about damage to my camera gear. I was annoyed at not reaching Cork's highest point, and a couple of days later, a free evening and good weather saw me driving up the spectacular Priests Leap road again and dashing up to the summit in near darkness. I was glad I did, and it was worth the boggy conditions on my visit for the stunning views. It was fully dark as I made my way down so I had no time for the subsidiary tops nearby, but I'm happy to have a reason to re-visit. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/104/comment/18622/
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Ogres About!
by MountainBoy  9 Jul 2017
As part of our quest to stand at the top of every county in Ireland, me and my Dad found an opening in our calendars to attempt Knockboy on 9.7.17. Our fears of bad weather as we were crossing over the Youghal bridge were allayed as we moved further west and into blazing sunlight. After a little bit of asking around we found the entrance to the much-dreaded Priest's Leap. We soon found that Google Street View is not the best indicator of the quality of a road as Dad was forced to use the handbrake to get us over some of the most perilous dips (fortunately a brand new clutch had been installed the day before). Thankfully we did not meet anybody coming back down the road, which would have been quite inconvenient. As Dad was struggling to keep the car moving forward, I looked out onto the beautiful valley to our left (Dad remarked that it must have been formed by one hell of a glacier). Eventually, after one final dip, we came out onto the parking area (due to its size it took us a few minutes to find a suitable space). We met a man who was planning to run up the mountain. Fair play to him! We spent some time admiring the wonderful views (including my first ever view of the Reeks!). We followed the fence across the road as far as the first intersection, where we crossed over (no stiles). As we were following the fence, I fell into the deepest mud I've ever seen (sorry Arderin). Dad tastefully described what ended up on my shoe as "ogre s**t". After that unfortunate incident, we decided to avoid the rest of the Bog of Doom and cut across towards the lake. After crossing over a fence (this time with a stile) at one end of the lake, we began the final stage of the ascent. I have little to say on this, except that there are a few steep bits and a couple of annoying false summits. When we got to the top we admired the 360 degree views and had a few custard creams (I also presented Dad with my birthday card). The way down was basically the same, except for the fact that we saw a few people going up (one man even had a baby on his shoulders, much to Dad's astonishment. As we were heading down, we made plans to visit Moylussa at some point in August. 1 hr 20 mins up, 1 hr 15 mins down. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/104/comment/19589/
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