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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
Place visited by 109 members. Recently by: Grimsbyforever, MichaelE, Grumbler, Lauranna, ilenia, eamonoc, arderincorbett, David-Guenot, jlk, Cobhclimber, FatPete, eejaymm, MichaelG55, sandilandsn, Xiom5724
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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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Bold northern outpost of the Antrim Hills .. by group   (Show all for Knocklayd)
 
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)
 
MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Knocklayd in area Antrim Hills, Ireland
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Knockout Views from our Layd
by gerrym  19 Jan 2012
Start in the seaside town of Ballycastle, following the sign for Ballycastle Forest where there is a large carpark (114405 B). The waymarked Moyle Way is followed from here, travelling along a quiet track beside the Tow river before entering Ballycastle Forest.

A significant part of the walk takes place in the forest, with only occasional glimpses of anything beyond, as the forest track rises steadily. There were groups of quads/sramblers using the forest tracks for the entirety of the time we were walking on a Sunday. This was not really a problem apart from the noise as they did act responsibly and slow when passing.

At around 200m views begin to stretch N & E, with the views over the North coast and Rathlin Island being of particular attraction. This section of the forest track is tarmac and has old carparking spaces and at a time must have been quite a place to drive and savour the views. Continue straight (nearly due S) to reach a turn off (123378 C) which brings the forest edge and a steep climb ahead on the open slopes of Knocklayd.

A fenceline aids navagation and can be followed to the summit area. The ground is not too bad, though can be quite wet in places. A stile allows a fence to be crossed and access to the large summit cairn adorned with trig pillar - this has been well graffittied! Views are stunning out to Rathlin and Scottish mainland and islands and along North Antrim coast and Hills, particularly over Fair Head.

Return had an initial steep descent to the forest track at 122370 D, and return on pretty much the same way. Walk took 3.5 hours and was fairly quiet (apart from bikes!) only meeting a few others mainly through the forest. A post walk ice cream from Morellis on the seafront and a walk around the harbour or beach is a good way to finish off. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/428/comment/837/
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Northern Whins .. by volsung   (Show all for Knocklayd)
 
Easiest route to top: drive up the Drumavoley roa .. by jh   (Show all for Knocklayd)
 
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