Knocklayd 514m mountain, Antrim Hills Ireland at
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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
Place visited by 106 members. Recently by: Lauranna, ilenia, eamonoc, arderincorbett, David-Guenot, jlk, Cobhclimber, FatPete, eejaymm, MichaelG55, sandilandsn, Xiom5724, Shuby, m0jla, melohara
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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 522nd highest in Ireland. Knocklayd is the third highest point in county Antrim.

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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. Trackback:
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