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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
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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 523rd 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: Knocklayd from Lannimore Hill to the north-west
 
Bold northern outpost of the Antrim Hills
Short Summary created by Peter Walker,  10 Aug 2014
Knocklayd looms large over Ballycastle on the northern Antrim coast; the last substantial hill before the sea. It is one of the more striking summits in the area, a steep-sided dome rising in reasonable isolation from its neighbours. Apart from some forestry on the north and east sides, it is a hill without a hint of mystery, devoid as it is of significant watercourses; everything on Knocklayd is in plain view from the surrounding countryside. Its location and relative isolation make it a fine vantage point.

A quick route to the summit can be had from a car park in Ballycastle Forest Park on the eastern slopes at (131377 A). Keeping left at a couple of junctions leads to a forest path leading bullet straight up the hillside, broadening into a rough track. Once through a gate at the edge of the forest (a longer route from Ballycastle itself comes in from the north here) incline up left to join a fence that leads straight up to the summit area, crossing two traversing fences high up; the ascent is steep in its middle reaches but eases off onto the rounded summit. A round trip by this route will take roughly 90 minutes.

The trig point sits on tops of the huge grassed-over cairn, and commands an excellent view along the coast and back to the main Antrim plateau. Because of the rounded nature of Knocklayd's upper slopes, some of these vistas are best enjoyed during the ascent rather than from the summit. Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/428/comment/5187/
 
Knocklayd's huge dome dominates the landscape for .. by slemish   (Show all for Knocklayd)
 
Knocklayd, like much of the Antrim Hills was orig .. by simon3   (Show all for Knocklayd)
 
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