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Caha Mountains Area   Cen: Knockowen Subarea
Place count in area: 57, OSI/LPS Maps: 83, 84, 85, 88 
Highest place:
Hungry Hill, 682m
Maximum height for area: 682 metres,     Maximum prominence for area: 400 metres,

Note: this list of places includes island features such as summits, but not islands as such.
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Glenkeel Top Hill Barr an Ghleanna Chaoil A name in Irish Cork County in Munster Province, in Carn List, Green-grey sandstone & purple siltstone Bedrock

Height: 417m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 85 Grid Reference: V83982 54152
Place visited by 14 members. Recently by: John.geary, chelman7, Colin Murphy, eamonoc, Fergalh, chalky, PeakPaul, shaunkelly, simoburn, jcincork, David-Guenot, Moek, Conor74, ahendroff
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Longitude: -9.679869, Latitude: 51.7283 , Easting: 83982, Northing: 54152 Prominence: 85m,  Isolation: 1.4km
ITM: 483957 554218,   GPS IDs, 6 char: GlnkTp, 10 char: GlnklTop
Bedrock type: Green-grey sandstone & purple siltstone, (Gun Point Formation)

Glenkeel Top is the 867th highest place in Ireland.

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Follow this place's comments Picture about mountain Glenkeel Top (<i>Barr an Ghleanna Chaoil</i>) in area Caha Mountains, Ireland
Picture: Summit to the centre right, seen from Knockeirky S.
A little gem.
Short Summary created by Colin Murphy  30 Aug 2021
Usually done in conjunction with another top, one approach is from Knockeirky South Top (see short summary for that top). From that summit descend the steep grassy slope to V834 538 starA, where it is possible to cross the river with care. From there it is a fairy straightforward ascent to the NE, requiring a climb of about 90m over 1km, crossing occasionally boggy ground. Two similarly-sized hillocks border a tiny lough at the summit, the high point being the one to the north. Summit area is a huge slab of rock with a small pile of stones marking the high point. Descent may be made by retracing your steps back over Knockeirky S, or alternatively descending through the valley to the SW, loosely following the Glenkeel River, although great care should be taken if making this descent, which requires one to carefully pick one's path along a series of steeply sloping slabs of sandstone. Linkback: Picture about mountain Glenkeel Top (<i>Barr an Ghleanna Chaoil</i>) in area Caha Mountains, Ireland
Picture: Glenkeel Lough and Glenkeel Top in the sunshine, from the steep SE slopes of Canshanavoe
Wild and remote-Part One
by David-Guenot  15 Apr 2014
As I was preparing my trip to Béara in March 2014, I noticed there was no comment for Glenkeel Top on MV, and only 3 members had climbed it. Its modest height, the fact that it remains unmarked and on the edge on two OS maps, and most of all its relative isolation from other MV summits are the main reasons. Intrigued, I decided to include it in a circular walk, starting from the Healy Pass, taking in Knockowen, Cushnaficulla, Knockeirky, Glenkeel Top, then back to Knockowen via Knockeirky's S ridge (Canshanavoe), down to Stookeennalackareha and up the road back to the Pass.
From Knockeirky, I descended SSE, on rocky, then soft, boggy ground, facing Glenkeel Top in the distance, until I reached the end of a small finger-shaped lough at V836551 starB. I then followed the cliffs' edge to the E, enjoying the beautiful scenery over Glenkeel Lough until I found a convenient route to go down, avoiding the cliffs. Reached a low point crossing a stream beneath a small waterfall at approx. V837546 starC and started ascending on boggy, slippery ground. I soon reached a shoulder which led me underneath the rocky summit ridge (see pic in Part Two). A short pull-up took me to the top. The summit area consists in a large, flat slab of red rock. The higher point lies on the southern end of this slab. There is also a minor top to the S, which I first thought was higher. The views from the top are really enjoyable, even though higher mountains bar the horizon. Loughs, cliffs, and a beautiful view towards Bantry Bay (best seen from the minor top). But most striking is the wilderness and remoteness of the whole area, particularly to the N of the summit. Not a single trace of human activity, no road, building or poles, no path, fence or posts, it was just me, rocks, bogs and water !! Only from the minor top were a few houses down in Adrigole merely visible. And then there was this small "dam" made of concrete blocks to the S end of Glenkeel Lough. I reached this point after a few minutes' descent, and was helpfully guided by a few sheep who escaped from me upon this line of blocks to the other side of the lough. From there I ascended "Canshanavoe", taking time to look back at the beautiful scenery over Glenkeel Lough and Top, with Glenlough Mountain in the background. I veered slightly SW and after a 30 minutes' climb, reached a flat area of long, flat slabs of rock and got stunned by the spectacular views: to the SE, the impressive SW cliffs of Glenlough Mountain; to the S, Bantry Bay and Adrigole Harbour; and to the SW, the massive, cloud-covered outline of Hungry Hill, which amazingly looked like an erupting volcano !! Another 10-15 minutes climb to the N then led me to pt. 523m, where I stopped for a snack, enjoying the beautiful scenery to the NE. Large patches of sunshine were peering through heavy clouds, enhancing the colours of the moor, before the clouds finally won the race and it started snowing. Linkback:
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Picture: Approaching the red rocky summit (left), minor top to the right
Wild and remote - Part Two
by David-Guenot  15 Apr 2014
Then started the long slog back to Knockowen along the Canshanavoe ridge. The snow soon stopped and melt immediately, and despite a few detours to avoid some peat hags, ponds and the usual boggy patches, the going was relatively easy until I reached the SW slopes of Knockeirky. It was now a matter of finding my way across long slabs of rocks, separated by narrow but soggy lines of grassy ground. Crossed a stream S of Cushnaficulla and began my second ascent of the day of Knockowen, on boggy, slippery ground first, then again across large bands of rock. Reached the top of the "Spine" about 1h15 after I had left pt. 523m on Canshanavoe. Next (and last) target of the day: Stookeennalackareha (see comment on this summit for end of the walk).
As a conclusion on Glenkeel Top: definitely to be taken as part of a longer route, and worth the detour, as the surroundings are beautiful and remote. Linkback:
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Picture: One of the many waterfalls encountered along the way.
Tricky but spectacular descent.
by Colin Murphy  13 Sep 2021
Having bagged Glenkeel Top from Knockeirky South, rather than retracing my steps, I decided to take the more adventurous route down, roughly following the Glenkeel River. I picked up a good track just east of the river crossing at V834 538 starA and followed this as it meandered back and forth across the water, however aware that it ended in a farmyard, and nervous of encountering a farmer, I left the track at V838 535 starD and turned SW, wading through waist high grass and reeds for a time, crossing the river again and then following a series of huge stone slabs which form the SE side of Knockeirky South. The multiple waterfalls I saw were quite spectacular, but great care was needed in the ascent, and several times I had to backtrack to find safer ways to clamber down onto the next slab. Eventually I reached the relative safety of a field (sheep-filled) at V833530 starE. I crossed this, then had to battle with some brambles and cross another minor stream to reach the short track at V834 529 starF, which took me back to the road. Would not recommend this descent in poor conditions. You have been warned! Linkback:
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Picture: Glenkeel Lough
A bit of a gem this one.
by eamonoc  4 Jul 2021
Would highly recommend a visit to Glenkeel Top. A hill situated amidst some fantastic scenery, I approached from Knockeirky without any great difficulty. Best saved for a good weather day, descent made by a green road situated under the steep south face of Knokierky. See track 4518 Linkback:
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