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West Cork Mountains Area , NW: Knockboy Subarea
Feature count in area: 62, by county: Cork: 45, Kerry: 24, of which 7 are in both Cork and Kerry, OSI/LPS Maps: 78, 79, 85, 86, 88, 89
Highest Place: Knockboy 704.8m

Starting Places (47) in area West Cork Mountains:
Barley Lake North, Barrboy, Caha Pass, Carranmore, Carrigacappeen, Carriganass Castle, Castle Donovan Car Park, Clearagh House, Coolkellure House, Coomhola Bridge, Corrigatirra, Cousane Gap, Cummer Lough East Road, Derreencollig Wood, Esk Boreen, Fuhiry Wood, Garinish Island Pier, Glasagarav River Bridge, Glasnacummeen Stream, Glengarriff, Glengarriff Nature Reserve CP, Gorteeniher Drimoleague Heritage Walk CP, Gortloughra River Road, Gougane Barra Oratory, Gougane Barra Park CP, Grousemount Wind Farm, Kealkill Village, Knockanuha, Knockbrack South, Lough Atooreen N, Lough Nambrackderg North, Lough Nambrackderg Wood, Lough Nambreacdearg, Mealagh Bridge, Molly Gallivan's Visitor Centre, Nowen Hill West Road, Owvane River Bridge, Pookeen North Top Road, Pooleen Wood Car Park, Priests Leap, Reenroe Bridge, River Roughty, Shandrum Concrete Silo, Sillahertane Stream, Slaheny River Horseshoe, Top of Coom, Turner's Rock Tunnel

Summits & other features in area West Cork Mountains:
Cen: Maughanaclea: Maughanaclea Hills East Top 470m, Maughanaclea Hills West Top 452m
Cen: Shehy More: Shehy More 545.6m, Shehy More SW Top 446m
E: Clearagh: Clearagh Hill 287m
E: Currane: Currane Hill 228m
N Cen: Douce: Douce Mountain 476m, Doughill Mountain 471m
N: Carran: Barnastooka 497m, Bealick 537m, Carran 604m, Carran Far NE Top 561m, Carran Far North Top 506m, Carran NE Top 555m, Carran South Top 567m, Knockantooreen 450m
N: Conigar: Conigar 566m, Conigar SW Top 566m, Foilastookeen 540m
N: Coomataggart: Carrigalougha 423m, Coomataggart 530m, Coomataggart SW Top 509m, Derrineanig 304m, Lackabaun 472m, Mweelin 487m
NE Cen: Carrigarierk: Carrigarierk 343m
NW: Barraboy: Barraboy Mountain 460m, Barraboy Mountain Far East Top 456m, Barraboy Mountain SE Top 409m, Derroograne 468m, Turners Rock 420m
NW: Knockboy: Caoinkeen 692.8m, Caoinkeen South-East Top 553.5m, Coomhola Mountain 472m, Knockboy 704.8m, Knockboy North Top 651.2m, Knockboy South Top 533.3m, The Priest's Leap 519m
NW: Knocknamanagh: Bird Hill 412m, Coomclogherane Top 449m, Gullaba Hill 603m, Knockbrack 440m, Knockbrack South Top 458m, Knocknamanagh 637m, Knocknamanagh NE Top 625m
S Cen: Dunmanway Hills: Cashloura 296.8m, Coolsnaghtig 295.8m, Inchanadreen 310m
S Cen: Nowen: Milane Hill 354.4m, Mullaghmesha 494.3m, Nowen Hill 535.2m, Nowen Hill Far West Top 405.2m, Nowen Hill SW Top 509m, Pookeen North Top 319m
S: Leap Hills: Carrigfadda 311.7m, Killeigh Hill 229m, Knockarudane Hill 169m, Knockscagh 195m
S: Skibbereen: Barryroe Hill 156m, Lick Hill 158m
W Cen: Knockbreteen: Knockbreteen 239m
W: Bantry: Knocknaveagh 282m

Note: this list of places may include island features such as summits, but not islands as such.
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Caoinkeen, 692.8m Mountain An Caincín A name in Irish,
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(Ir. An Caincín [T6000], 'snub nose or turned-up nose'), Cork/ Kerry County in Munster province, in Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish Highest Hundred Lists, Caoinkeen is the second highest mountain in the West Cork Mountains area and the 123rd highest in Ireland. Caoinkeen is the second highest point in county Cork.
Grid Reference W01039 64554, OS 1:50k mapsheet 85
Place visited by: 164 members, recently by: Hjonna, Marykerry, Petecal423, abeach, Leatra, rhw, Djouce, Nailer1967, knightsonhikes, maoris, Carolineswalsh, Superterence, Tuigamala, ToughSoles, trampisob
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Longitude: -9.436054, Latitude: 51.825031, Easting: 101039, Northing: 64555, Prominence: 106.6m,  Isolation: 1.9km
ITM: 501010 564618
Bedrock type: Purple & green sandstone & siltstone, (Caha Mountain Formation)
Notes on name: The name refers to the ridge running north from Knockboy which is abruptly truncated in a cliff. Previously Akinkeen in MV.
  Short or GPS IDs, 6 char: Cnkn, 10 char: Caoinkeen

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Summary for Caoinkeen (An Caincín): Broad, rocky top overlooking fine corrie lake
Summary created by markmjcampion, thomas_g 2023-09-11 13:18:30
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Picture: Caoinkeen from Conigar in the east.
Caoinkeen is not far from the Kilgarvan-Bantry road but has a very remote feel to it. The summit offers fine views in all directions, locally to the Caha and Shehy mountains and further afield to south Kerry. The views down to the corrie lake on the nothern flanks are pretty decent too. Be careful of the steep ground to the north of the summit in poor weather.

NE. Park near CarigCapen (W02239 65755) and take the track to the SW. When you reach the lake head NW steeply to approx. A (W01132 65614) and then head up a vague valley to the col at B (W00399 65324). From here head directly for the summit but it might be worth keeping left as you do so as to gain fine views of Lough Akinkeen and its cliffs. Allow 1hr.

E. Park at approx. L N'breacdrg (W03929 64876) and head up the E spur of Caoinkeen. The going is steep for about 1 km but then eases as you approach the first of three lakes before getting slightly steeper for the final pull up to the summit. Allow 45 min+

S. Caoinkeen can also be reached via Knockboy. The ridge between the two hills is a little over 3 km and the going is relatively easy and pleasant.

NW. There is also an easy ridge walk over from Knocknamanagh. This is approx. 2.5km.

Notable tracks include track/3037 and for those who enjoy a longer hike track/3100.
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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. Linkback: mountainviews.ie/summit/120/comment/5986/
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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 ShandrmSilo (W027 685) (our finishing point). We then drove south along the narrow road and parked at point CarigCapen (W023 657), 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. Linkback: mountainviews.ie/summit/120/comment/4703/
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simon3 on Caoinkeen
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. Linkback: 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 CarigCapen (W023 657). 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. Linkback: mountainviews.ie/summit/120/comment/6653/
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Take two
by thomas_g 5 Apr 2013
Back again for another go.
Started at CarigCapen (W023 657) (room for 1 car), there is more space to park (3-4 cars) about 400m to the north. Followed the track from the parking space towards the north side of the lake, following a track right through a gate to keep gaining height. Pass the caravan on your way up to the ridge and follow the fence to the top. You should summit in about an hour. follow the fence SE and turn east when the terrain permits, heading northward after the lake to make a bee line for the car. The going is best described as rough, you'll need to follow the shelves westward when your way is blocked to north. In good conditions you should complete the loop in under three hours. Linkback: mountainviews.ie/summit/120/comment/14964/
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