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Shehy/Knockboy Area
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,

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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
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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 Shehy/Knockboy area and the 106th highest in Ireland. Knockboy is the highest point in county Cork.

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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Knockboy in area Shehy/Knockboy, Ireland
Picture: Knockboy from Lough Boy
 
Updated Summary:
Great views abound from the remote, boggy highpoint of Cork.
Short Summary created by markmjcampion, Colin Murphy, jackill  Sun 29 Nov
Situated close to Bantry Bay on the Kerry/Cork border, Knockboy is Cork's highpoint. It's a nondescript, boggy and usually wet summit with more interesting terrain amidst some of its outlying peaks. But what it lacks in character is easily compensated by the far reaching views of Bantry Bay, Mangerton, the Reeks, Dunkerron and Caha mountains,
W. Park at V98530 61072 A on the the Priest's Leap road - room for 2 cars. This is a v narrow, steep road with few passing places. Cross the first of many fences and make your way to the shores of Lough Boy; here pick up another fence to the N of the lake and follow it to the trig point.[2hrs 5k return] Alternatively, follow the fence along the county boundary to the tiny lake north of Lough Boy, swinging roughly E here to follow a fence to near the summit. [2hrs+ 6k return]
NE. Park near W03922 64895 B and follow a spur W to the summit of Caoinkeen enjoying two corrie lakes en route. From Caoinkeen head S by the county fence reaching Knockboy N Top after 2.5k. Now, it's a short down and up to Knockboy. Allow 2h to top.
S. Longer route - park easily off the road near V99585 57581 C, walk up the grassy, well-drained slopes of Coomhola Mt. Continue N from here either via Lough Boy or swing E to include the S Top in your itinerary. Allow at least 2hrs to summit. Return via V98530 61072 A and enjoy the return road walk.
Track/4355 is short up and down, track/3207 gives a long day out and track/1798 is a fitting track no. for the rebel county! Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/104/comment/4864/
 
One of Munster's Monsters .. by kernowclimber   (Show all for Knockboy)
 
Ogres About! .. by MountainBoy   (Show all for Knockboy)
 
Cork County Top .. by mazamegaza   (Show all for Knockboy)
 
Leap of faith. .. by TommyV   (Show all for Knockboy)
 
There are ongoing access problems on Knockboy. Pl .. by aidand   (Show all for Knockboy)
 
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