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West Cork Mountains Area   NW: Knockboy Subarea
Place count in area: 62, OSI/LPS Maps: 78, 79, 85, 86, 88, 89 
Highest place:
Knockboy, 706m
Maximum height for area: 706 metres,     Maximum prominence for area: 685 metres,

Places in area West Cork Mountains:
Cen: Maughanaclea:   Maughanaclea Hills East Top 470mMaughanaclea Hills West Top 452m
Cen: Shehy More:   Shehy More 545.6mShehy More SW Top 446m
E: Clearagh:   Clearagh Hill 287m
E: Currane:   Currane Hill 228m
N Cen: Douce:   Douce Mountain 476mDoughill Mountain 471m
N: Carran:   Barnastooka 497mBealick 537mCarran 604mCarran Far NE Top 561mCarran Far North Top 506mCarran NE Top 555mCarran South Top 567mKnockantooreen 450m
N: Conigar:   Conigar 566mConigar SW Top 566mFoilastookeen 540m
N: Coomataggart:   Carrigalougha 423mCoomataggart 530mCoomataggart SW Top 509mDerrineanig 304mLackabaun 472mMweelin 487m
NE Cen: Carrigarierk:   Carrigarierk 343m
NW: Barraboy:   Barraboy Mountain 460mBarraboy Mountain Far East Top 456mBarraboy Mountain SE Top 409mDerroograne 468mTurners Rock 420m
NW: Knockboy:   Caoinkeen 692mCaoinkeen South-East Top 555mCoomhola Mountain 472mKnockboy 706mKnockboy North Top 649mKnockboy South Top 532mThe Priest's Leap 519m
NW: Knocknamanagh:   Bird Hill 412mCoomclogherane Top 449mGullaba Hill 603mKnockbrack 440mKnockbrack South Top 458mKnocknamanagh 637mKnocknamanagh NE Top 625m
S Cen: Dunmanway Hills:   Cashloura 296.8mCoolsnaghtig 295.8mInchanadreen 310m
S Cen: Nowen:   Milane Hill 354.4mMullaghmesha 494.3mNowen Hill 535.2mNowen Hill Far West Top 405.2mNowen Hill SW Top 509mPookeen North Top 319m
S: Leap Hills:   Carrigfadda 311.7mKilleigh Hill 229mKnockarudane Hill 169mKnockscagh 195m
S: Skibbereen:   Barryroe Hill 156mLick Hill 158m
W Cen: Knockbreteen:   Knockbreteen 239m
W: Bantry:   Knocknaveagh 282m

Note: this list of places includes island features such as summits, but not islands as such.
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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 and in Cork/ Kerry Counties in Munster Province, 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
Place visited by 343 members. Recently by: abcd, annem, grzywaczmarcin, BelfastMo, Oisin_Egan, SeanPurcell, glencree, Oscar-mckinney, Jai-mckinney, Carolyn105, frostie89, Chance, garybuz, karoloconnor, Paddym99
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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. This peak, or at least one in this vicinity, was marked as Seebwee on the Grand Jury Map of Co. Cork in 1811. Since an adjective such as buí, ‘yellow, golden’, is rarely combined with suí, ‘seat’, one must consider other possibilities. Suí is most usually followed by a personal name in the genitive, often of a mythical character, e.g. Suí Finn, ‘Fionn’s seat’, a recurring mountain name. It is, therefore, likely that the original name was Suí Baoi, ‘seat of Baoi’, referring to a pagan goddess, who is also remembered in Oileán Baoi, the Irish name of Dursey Island (which see), and Dún Baoi / Dunboy, the ancestral seat of the O’Sullivan Beare clan near Castletown Berehaven. and strongly connected with the Beara Peninsula. Baoi may be another name for the mythical Cailleach Bhéirre (Hag of Beara). In medieval texts Baoi seems to denote the SW part of the Beara Peninsula (but perhaps more than just Dursey Island alone). The modern form of the hill-name An Cnoc Buí is probably a rather banal re-interpretation of an ancient name with divine resonance. If so, there is no need to search for shades of yellow in the landscape to account for the name.   Knockboy is the highest mountain in the West Cork Mountains area and the 106th highest in Ireland. Knockboy is the highest point in county Cork.

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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. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/104/comment/18802/
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milo on Knockboy, 2002
by milo  2 Aug 2002
Bleak and remote. Views to SW redeem it. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/104/comment/57/
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A good test of you and footwear
by Huggiebear1981  12 Nov 2012
Climbed Knockboy on 11/11/12, group of three climbers. We started our climb before Priests Leap handrailing a boundary fence (one of many on this mountain) Started off boggy and wet and kept getting worse,even though the weather was fine. Have to say its not the hardest gradient climbed but still a great test mainly cos of the boggy ground. The views while climbing are well worth it and from the top you can see right across from Kerry to Bandon. On the way down we stuck to another boundary fence on the border line, we came out on to the road east of the Leap, had a 15min walk to the car but didn't mind cos we were back on solid ground. The biggest problem with Knockboy is the access, a maze of fences with no steps or any help to clear them on the way to the top is very off putting. Would like to see something done to help with access as not everyone is comfortable with climbing fences Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/104/comment/14872/
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Picture: View of the Reeks from Knockboy
johnvbrennan on Knockboy, 2006
by johnvbrennan  9 Jan 2006
Very fortunate with the weather. 8 January brought a beautiful crisp day with sun and clear skies. While Knockboy itself is not very challenging it does offer fabulous views in all directions. I can only imagine the views in the summer time. From the top you are looking right down on Bantry Bay and Whiddy Island. On the other side we could clearly see the Reeks which were snow capped. It was actually possible to identify the each peak just by following the snow line from left to right (Caher, Caher Ridge, Carrauntuohill, Beenkeragh and Eastern Reeks) I have attached a photo of this taken from Knockboy. Also views of Mangerton and we could just about see the Paps (it was foggy over towards the Rathmore direction).

Certainly one of the lesser climbed peaks and we didn't meet any other walkers during the 5 hours we were out. We also took in Caoinkeen cliffs, Gulllaba Hill and Barrerneen during the period we were there. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/104/comment/2136/
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Picture: Misty summit! Too misty for an interesting pic alas!
 
murphysw on Knockboy, 2009
by murphysw  25 Jan 2009
Climbed this on what was a glorious morning from the priest's leap, though by the time I reached the summit the mist was awful, a perfect demonstration of Irish weather. It is worth noting that the area is heavily crisscrossed by fencing, which with a bit of searching, are low enough (provided you're tall enough!!) in parts to step over without damaging them. Nonetheless, they are inconvenient (one is just short of the summit) and are maybe the cause of access problems aidand is referring to. This is the highest point in Cork, which leaves me only Sawel in the Sperrins and my county high point mission is finished! Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/104/comment/3543/
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Audi-Anne on Knockboy, 2009
by Audi-Anne  13 Aug 2009
Unlike everybody else I loved this walk. 11th Aug 09 and the sun shone all day. We drove up to Priest's Leap and yes it was terrifying. Parked where the cross marks the point and 3 cars can fit there and turn for the dreaded journey back which actually isn't half as bad. We walked up via the fence and really had spectacular views. Crossed over to little knockboy and the Caoinkeen cliffs. Mist came down so we descended into the vally of the Coomeelan stream and found a farmer's quad track which led us to the black unclassified road. Walked (trudged) uphill back to the car but it was worth it. I suppose the mist must have ruined it for other people. The views are spectacular. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/104/comment/4016/
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