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Caoinkeen Mountain An Caincín A name in Irish
(Ir. An Caincín [T6000], 'snub nose or turned-up nose') Cork/ Kerry County, in Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish Highest Hundred Lists, Purple & green sandstone & siltstone Bedrock

Height: 692m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 85 Grid Reference: W01040 64557 This summit has been logged as climbed by 80 members. Recently by: Eirepur, IainT, Lauranna, fmacm, ericjones, jimgraham, Peter Walker, David-Guenot, PeakPaul, CaptainVertigo, Flatout, Onzy, Wildrover, markmjcampion, JohnnyTade
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Longitude: -9.436043, Latitude: 51.825053 , Easting: 101040, Northing: 64557 Prominence: 107m,   Isolation: 1.9km
ITM: 501011 564620,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Cnkn, 10 char: Caoinkeen
Bedrock type: Purple & green sandstone & siltstone, (Caha Mountain Formation)

The name refers to the ridge running north from Knockboy which is abruptly truncated in a cliff. Previously Akinkeen in MV.   Caoinkeen is the second highest mountain in the Shehy/Knockboy area and the 124th highest in Ireland. Caoinkeen is the second highest point in county Cork.

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Reach the wilderness in an hour.
Short Summary created by thomas_g,  5 Apr 2013
Caoinkeen offers fine views in all directions, especially to the west, the views down to the lake are pretty decent too. There is the possibility of some scrambling towards the summit to the NW of the lake (untried, but there is a clear track).
Access is probably easiest from Knockboy or Knocknamanagh, from where the going is relatively easy, the ground to the south and east of the summit is in a word: rough. The terrain can be very slippery in wet weather.
This summit has a feeling of remoteness that belies the speed at which you can reach it and you're unlikely to see another soul: well worth a visit. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/120/comment/4880/
 
MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Caoinkeen in area Shehy/Knockboy, Ireland
Picture: Lough Akinkeen from Caoinkeen slopes
 
5 top walk
by Colin Murphy  10 May 2010
Caoinkeen was our first stop on a 5-top (2 car) trek that took in Caoinkeen - Knocknamanagh-Knocknamanagh NE - Gullaba Hil l- Bird Hill. There is just room to pull over to the side of the road beside a short track at 027 685 A (our finishing point). We then drove south along the narrow road and parked at point 023 657 B, and began our walk up a track (that leads up to Lough Akinkeen) for a few hundred metres before turning south and heading up the steepish incline that runs to the east of Caoinkeen. The route offered great views of the valley and the steep cliff that encloses the lough on three sides (see pic). Caoinkeen itself is a broad, rocky top marked by a cairn. About an hour and a quarter to the top.
We then proceeded NW to Knocknamanagh, NE to Knocknamanagh NE Top and Gullaba Hill and then swung sharply east towards Bird Hill, reaching our end point in approx five and a half hours. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/120/comment/4703/
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Caoinkeen in area Shehy/Knockboy, Ireland
Picture: The cliffs above Akinkeen lake showing the route taken in red
A scrambling route
by mcrtchly  6 Aug 2010
Caoinkeen is certainly off the beaten track and getting to the starting point requires a long drive on twisty and narrow minor roads either from Kilgarvan to the north or from Ballylickey or Kealkill to the south. The NE facing corrie below the summit has an almost impenetrable headwall of near vertical cliffs up to 350m in height. At the far right (northern end) of the cliffs there are two vertical gullies and the leftmost one of these presents a hard scambling route to the top which is described in Lynch's guide to 'Munster's Mountains'. A small stream follows the line of the gully and it is wet, vegetated and slimy to varying degrees.

The first part of the route is an easy scramble in the stream bed with short harder diversions on the grass to the left to avoid obstacles. About a third of the way up the gully there is a vertical 4m wall. Lynch describes avoiding this by climbing the gully side wall on the right. But this was mossy, slippery and offered no protection for the leader, so we retraced our steps for about 20m-30m and scrambled up steep grass on the right (when facing up the gully). This bypassed the vertical sections. The rest of the gully was a moderate grade scramble except for a slimy boulder about three quarters of the way up. This required a helping hand for the leader and a taught rope for the second. Near to the top the gully branches and we took the easier right branch to reach the plateau about 250m away from the summit.

This was perhaps not the cleanest scramble that we have done and at times was more akin to Ghyll scambling (a popular sport in the Lake District). Nevertheless, it provides a satisifying route to the summit. It took about a hour to reach the gully from the car and about 1.5 hours to climb the gully. Our continuation on to Knockboy and the descent is described separately by kernowclimber under Knockboy. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/120/comment/5986/
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Caoinkeen in area Shehy/Knockboy, Ireland
 
simon3 on Caoinkeen, 2003
by simon3  25 Apr 2003
There is perhaps some confusion about the name of the summit of Ahinkeen. The OS 1:50k map calls it Knockboy (which is exactly the same as the name they give to the higher mountain about 2k south). The OS also has a label of Caoinkeen near the cliff edge. There is also some doubt as to the top. There is a small cairn on a prominent mound of rock beside the cliff edge also, which some seem to take as the summit. Our photo shows a cairn some 100-200 m south of the cliff. In the background can be seen the larger Knockboy and to its right, Knockboy North Top (not very obvious in the heat haze). The ridge between Ahinkeen and Knockboy is broad and boggy and could be tricky in mist, though it does not have any of the significant slabs that can make walking hard in the Cahas. There is a small lake, Lough Nambrackdarrig, to act as a waypoint. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/120/comment/444/
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3 hours of misery and no summit bagged.
by thomas_g  14 Jan 2012
Attempted to do a loop of the lake along Caoinkeen ridge starting at W023657. At this time of year (early Jan), the mixture of the tussock grassy, boggy ground and vicious heather makes this very tough going. We estimated 4 hours for the loop, but the weather closed in and after 2 hours we still hadn't reached Caoinkeen summit (we followed the fence to the east of the lake). With visibility getting even worse we made the (good) call to come back down the east side of the ridge, which is slightly easier, but still pretty unpleasant walking. Don't underestimate this summit. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/120/comment/6653/
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Caoinkeen in area Shehy/Knockboy, Ireland
simon3 on Caoinkeen, 2003
by simon3  25 Apr 2003
Richard Mersey’s “The Hills of Cork & Kerry” calls it Akinkeen and says of a traverse that he did “The dramatic shape of that walk lay in Lough Akinkeen and the considerable cliff above it. It was good to traverse its edge.” Our photo speaks for itself about the landscape. It shows Lough Akinkeen from the top of the ridge, around 380m above.
The skyline summits in the heat haze are to the left Carran and to the centre Bealick. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/120/comment/443/
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