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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,

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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 865th highest place in Ireland.

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A little gem. .. by group   (Show all for Glenkeel Top (Barr an Ghleanna Chaoil)) 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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Wild and remote - Part Two .. by David-Guenot   (Show all for Glenkeel Top (Barr an Ghleanna Chaoil))
Tricky but spectacular descent. .. by Colin Murphy   (Show all for Glenkeel Top (Barr an Ghleanna Chaoil))
A bit of a gem this one. .. by eamonoc   (Show all for Glenkeel Top (Barr an Ghleanna Chaoil))
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