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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 523rd 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)
Knocklayd's huge dome dominates the landscape for .. by slemish   (Show all for Knocklayd)
Knockout Views from our Layd .. by gerrym   (Show all for Knocklayd)
Northern Whins .. by volsung   (Show all for Knocklayd)
MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Knocklayd in area Antrim Hills, Ireland
simon3 on Knocklayd, 2004
by simon3  14 Apr 2004
Knocklayd, like much of the Antrim Hills was originally of volcanic origins some 60 million years ago. Whether it was actually a volcano or simply an area that has been shaped by subsequent erosion to look like a volcano, I don’t know. Climbing up the side of it from the north east it certainly resembles a volcano, at least until around 450m. After that the land convexes out and you see, not a volcanic caldera, but a boggy top. It’s a broad hogs back some 400m long going NW to SE.

Unlike most peaks in Ireland, Knocklayd has no major re-entrants, being a smooth curve all around (apart from a quarry on the west side).
Perhaps because of the volcanic resemblance, Knocklayd was the subject of an elaborate hoax in 1788 perpetrated in “Faulkner’s Dublin Journal” which said that “..Our fears were very much increased in the evening by a most uncommon noise from Knocklade, the top of which burst, and the discharge of burning matter and hot stones from it was truly alarming, killing several cattle in the adjacent fields, many cabbins were thrown down, and several people are missing …”.

Our view shows Knocklayd to the left. The land separated by the sea from the mainland is Rathlin Island. Beyond it is some of the coast of Scotland. [oh, ok, Scotland is not very obvious in the overcast murk] Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/428/comment/928/
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Easiest route to top: drive up the Drumavoley roa .. by jh   (Show all for Knocklayd)
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