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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: D11519 36393
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Longitude: -6.251067, Latitude: 55.162107 , Easting: 311519, Northing: 436393 Prominence: 389m,  Isolation: 5.6km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 711443 936373,   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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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Knocklayd in area Antrim Hills, Ireland
Picture: Ballycastle viewed from Knocklayd with Rathlin barely visible in background
 
eflanaga on Knocklayd, 2005
by eflanaga  14 Dec 2005
Climbed this afternoon starting out at 12.00 noon. I followed the route outlined by gerrym from Ballycastle, passing under the disused bridge a few hundred metres above the carpark. I note that gerrym mentions that the route through the forest is well signed. However, it appears vandals have been at work since his report was submitted as the discs which were attached to the posts at various intervals along the route have been vandalised. The remains of one lay on the ground near one of the posts. Despite this the route is relatively straightforward. Follow the forest track under the bridge turning left over a metal barrier and then right a few metres on. The track starts to wends left and uphill about 250m further on. Follow the track until you reach a T-junction (roughly 2.3K from start of walk). Turn right. Keep on climbing steadily, passing a partially camouflaged TV Mast on the left, and ignoring any tracks leading off to the left. The track eventually turns into a lightly tarred road with a parking area as you approach the brow of the hill. Knocklayd is now clearly visible to the right because of tree-felling activity. Follow the road ignoring, as gerrym, suggests the first obvious track to the right through this felled-area of forestry. Continue on the road, again ignoring the road veering away to the left. Shortly after this(approximately 4.9K from start) you will see two large boulders which mark the end of the tarred road and this particular section of the forest. The road becomes track again at this point. To the right of the boulders a track leads off towards Knocklayd with a gate clearly in view about 400m away. Take this track crossing the gate and a second gate a little further on just as the climb becomes steeper. Simply follow the wall/fence (as seen in gerrym's picture) towards the summit ridge turning left when you reach the final fence and on to the 'Carn an Truagh' with its Trig point. I calculated the summit to be 7.3K from the starting point. Unfortunately, just as I was approaching the top the rain and mist descended, denying the obvious excellent views available from the summit. The picture was taken about 200m below the summit on my descent when I had cleared the mist. I returned the way I had ascended reaching the carpark at roughly 3 hours in total. The half hour shaved off gerrym's trip probably explained by the mere 3 minutes I spent on the summit because of the inclement conditions. A pleasant if unspectacular walk through the forest with a fairly dry climb which, on a better day, would be rewarded with some excellent views south towards Slieveanorra & north/north east towards Rathlin, Fair Head, and the Scottish coast. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/428/comment/2085/
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Knocklayd in area Antrim Hills, Ireland
Picture: LOOKING OUT TO RATHLAND ON THE WAY DOWN KNOCKLAYD
BILLNOR on Knocklayd, 2006
by BILLNOR  23 Aug 2006
20-08-2006 My wife and I started our Sunday walk at 3-20pm. We also followed the route outlined by gerrym from Ballycastle, passing under the disused bridge a few hundred metres above the carpark. We also note that gerrym mentions that the route through the forest is well signed.
Vandals have damaged the discs which were attached to the posts at various intervals along the route have been vandalised. They also have vandalised some trees and remains of Beer party fires in parts of the forest complete with broken bottles. Despite this the route is relatively straightforward. Follow the forest track under the bridge turning left over a metal barrier(signs of a party here lots of broken bottles) and then right a few metres on. The track starts to wends left and uphill about 250m further on. Follow the track until you reach a T-junction (roughly 2.3K from start of walk). Turn right. Keep on climbing steadily, passing a partially camouflaged TV Mast on the left, and ignoring any tracks leading off to the left. The track eventually turns into a lightly tarred road with a parking area as (signs of joyriders here and remains of burnt out cars) you approach the brow of the hill. Knocklayd is now clearly visible to the right because of tree-felling activity. Continue on the road, again ignoring the road veering away to the left. Shortly after this (approximately 4.9K from start) you will see two large boulders which mark the end of the tarred road and this particular section of the forest. The road becomes track again at this point. To the right of the boulders a track leads off towards Knocklayd with a gate clearly in view about 400m away. Take this track crossing the gate and a second gate a little further on just as the climb becomes steeper. Simply follow the wall/fence (as seen in gerrym's picture) towards the summit ridge turning left when you reach the final fence and on to the 'Carn an Truagh' with its Trig point. Excellent views available from the summit south towards Slieveanorra. Because of mist coming in from the sea we could just about make out Rathlin and Fair Head. We had a welcome bite to eat before decending down to the forest the way we came.
A pleasant if unspectacular walk through the forest with a good range of bird life and wild plants. We finished the walk at 7.25pm . Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/428/comment/2472/
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Knocklayd in area Antrim Hills, Ireland
 
simon3 on Knocklayd, 2004
by simon3  20 Apr 2004
The summit of Knocklayd can be reached from many sides. (Apparently ten townlands converge at the top.) At the top there are various lines of poles near the summit cairn. Two of these lines are relatively prominent. One comes from the NE, another to the South both leading to stiles over a fence.

As you can see in the photo, there is what is probably a passage tomb on top. The picture shows the well preserved kerb stones of the monument. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/428/comment/933/
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Video from the top!
by Ptarmigan  25 Oct 2010
Here is a link to a short video I made yesterday, October 24th, from the top of Knocklayd, Co. Antrim. It was a beautiful balmy day & the video shows the lovely views you get of North Antrim, the Causeway Coast, Rathlin Island, Islay, Jura, Argyll & Ailsa Craig. My house is on the side of Knocklayd, so I'm lucky enough to be able to walk my dogs every day, on her lower slopes. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wddYg8bLSzE Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/428/comment/6147/
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ciaran67 on Knocklayd, 2006
by ciaran67  30 Oct 2006
Climbed Knocklayd on a dull friday afternoon but was still rewarded with excellent views at the top. There are numerous ways to get up knocklayd, It is not too difficult a climb once you have reached the top its easy to navigate your way across to be rewarded with excellent views of the beautiful glenn below. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/428/comment/2532/
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CECIL on Knocklayd, 2007
by CECIL  14 Mar 2007
This is a Mountain with a distintive shape, for which i have experienced in all weather conditions. This is one of my earliest Mountains i have climbed for which the views are so rewarding if you are fortunate to get it clear! Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/428/comment/2638/
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