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Knocklayd Mountain Cnoc Leithid A name in Irish
(Ir. Cnoc Leithid [DUPN], 'hill of the slope/expanse') Antrim County, in Arderin List, Columnar tholeiitic basalt lava Bedrock

Height: 514m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 5 Grid Reference: D11500 36400 This summit has been logged as climbed by 91 members. Recently by: Ulsterpooka, hivisibility, ckilm, jmcg, susanc, jimbloomer, jimmyread, trostanite, CaptainVertigo, simoburn, JKelly, chalky, Peter Walker, conorc57, Fergalh
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Longitude: -6.251362, Latitude: 55.162174 , Easting: 311500, Northing: 436400 Prominence: 389m,   Isolation: 5.6km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 711424 936380,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Knckly, 10 char: Knocklayd
Bedrock type: Columnar tholeiitic basalt lava, (Causeway Tholeiite Member)

With its characteristic conical shape, it can be recognised in many views from the northern part of County Antrim. The summit is surmounted by a cairn known as Carn an Truagh, interpreted in the Ordnance Survey Memoirs as 'cairn of the three', but the anglicised form is not compatible with this interpretation, and Fiachra Mac Gabhann described it as 'of unknown origin' in PNNI vol vii.   Knocklayd is the third highest mountain in the Antrim Hills area and the 522nd highest in Ireland. Knocklayd is the third highest point in county Antrim.

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Bold northern outpost of the Antrim Hills .. by group   (Show all for Knocklayd)
 
MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Knocklayd in area Antrim Hills, Ireland
Picture: Looking north from Knocklayd summit towards Rathlin with Islay in the distance
 
slemish on Knocklayd, 2009
by slemish  27 Apr 2009
Knocklayd's huge dome dominates the landscape for miles around and is a little intimidating as you stand on its lower slopes, pondering a route up it. However it rewards the intrepid hiker with some of the best views in Antrim. I parked at the Ballycastle forest car park (131377) and took the track furthest to the left which leads past an area which has recently been felled. The track ascends to a farm gate with the mountain itself towering ahead of you. Easy going at first but then very steep until about 450m - good solid ground however with short grass thanks to the resident sheep. It becomes somewhat boggier higher up but nothing as bad as Trostan for example. Eventually the summit cairn can be seen which is huge. A trig pillar in fairly good condition marks the summit at 514m. The views from Knocklayd can be poor in bad weather but today was fantastic. Excellent visibility in all directions - the view north towards Islay and Jura with the sunlight illuminating the distant slopes of Cnoc Mor on the Mull of Kintyre was splendid. Excellent views also to Ballycastle and Rathlin island, through Glenshesk then south to Slieveanorra and Trostan and west to the Sperrins and Donegal hills. I descended by the same route, much easier going down of course. A very peaceful walk on a fine spring day with breathtaking views - what could be better? Total trip about 1.5 hours. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/428/comment/3736/
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Knockout Views from our Layd .. by gerrym   (Show all for Knocklayd)
 
Northern Whins .. by volsung   (Show all for Knocklayd)
 
Knocklayd, like much of the Antrim Hills was orig .. by simon3   (Show all for Knocklayd)
 
Easiest route to top: drive up the Drumavoley roa .. by jh   (Show all for Knocklayd)
 
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