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South Wexford Area
Maximum height for area: 268 metres,   Summits in area: 6,   Maximum prominence for area: 187.457 metres, OSI/LPS Maps: 68, 69, 76, 77 For all tops   Highest summit: Slievecoiltia, 268m
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Slievecoiltia Hill Sliabh Coltair A name in Irish
(Ir. Sliabh Coltair [logainm.ie], 'mountain of Coltar') Wexford County In Binnion List

Height: 268.5m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 76 Grid Reference: S72794 21327 This summit has been logged as climbed by 41 members. Recently by: Pepe, Gobbledygook, simon3, thomasgaffney, Fergalh, thomas_g, Bernieor, madfrankie, eeimly, mcgrathe, tbenney, Geansai, dr_banuska, itsjustabighill, wwwalker
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Longitude: -6.932748, Latitude: 52.339183 Prominence: 187.46m,   Isolation: 7.5km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 672727 621378,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Slvclt, 10 char: Slvclt

Coltair is the personal name from which the surname Ó Coltair (Coulter) is derived.   Slievecoiltia is the highest hill in the South Wexford area and the 1124th highest in Ireland. Slievecoiltia is the most westerly summit and also the second most southerly in the South Wexford area.

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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Slievecoiltia in area South Wexford, Ireland
Picture: Slievecoiltia from the north.
 
Drive up summit with great views on a good day.
Short Summary created by simon3, jackill  30 May 2014 Starting at S72900 19400 (Point A) Slievecoiltia has an access road that leads all the way to a carpark on top.
From the top carpark the summit is a short stroll away across a grassy area.
The summit has excellent 360 degree views with an information board pointing out visible features and a memorial to the pikemen of 1798.
Point A: S72900 19400

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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Slievecoiltia in area South Wexford, Ireland
Picture: Summit of Slievecoiltia with Blackstairs Mountain to the left of the Trig Pillar
by wicklore  10 Nov 2009 Slievecoiltia is a hill next to the JFK Arboretum in Wexford, and is part of the same overall park. It has an access road that has opening times. Unlike the JFK Arboretum you dont have to pay. The entrance road for the hill is at S729 194 (OS Map 76). There are numerous places to park along the 3 km road that leads to the top so its your choice where to start walking. (You can even park at the summit if you want)

The summit area is a pleasant grassy field next to the car park. Stunning views are available in all directions. As Sunday was a lovely clear day I could see Hook Head Lighthouse, Waterford City, the Comeraghs, the Galtees (85 kms away),Slievenamon, the Blackstairs, Brandon Hill, and a host of minor hills and villages. There were many people about enjoying their Sunday outing and one of them, an elderly man, came over to chat. He must have seen my gps unit as I was busy capturing the summit info for MV. He introduced himself as Danny Burke who used to work for the Ordnance Survey of Ireland. We enjoyed a great chat as he explained about the work he used to do. He told me that in the 1960s he was one of many staff that were sent out to find and rediscover the many hundreds of Trig Points that had been used in the original ordnance survey. He said that these were only clay tablets in the ground and he described the difficulty and adventure in seeking them across the country in often terrible conditions. They then built the modern trig pillars in their place that we see today, which they used for their new survey. Of further interest was that he said the measurements were done at night, with people on each summit using bright helium lights to be visible to other surveyors up to 40 kms away.

I thought this was fascinating stuff and it really brought these anonymous concrete pillars to life for me. I considered some of the trig pillars I had seen buried in forests and gorse that had slipped into obscurity, probably never to be used again. With modern technology they would now be as defunct as the original clay tablets Danny referred to.

The pleasant summit includes a board pointing out the many distant mountains and their names. There is also a 1798 memorial stone at the summit which states: - The rebels camped on Slieve Coillte from the 7th to 10th June. Bagenal Harvey resigned his command here. He was succeeded by Fr Philip Roche. A detachment under the command of Thomas Cloney attacked the gunboats on the river Barrow at Fisherstown. -

This odd, stilted account no doubt refers to a meaningful episode of the 1798 Rebellion, but it could have been expanded to be more informative

Despite the crowds Slievecoiltia is really well worth a visit if you are in the area, but only on a day that allows you to get the most out of the amazing views.
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Picture: Peacock pause on descent.
 
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by paddyhillsbagger  14 Aug 2011 Spotted this brilliant Peacock butterfly flying around the planted oaks off the access road on Slievecoilltia.
Also, in the time my wife and I walked to the top and back, an energetic young man jogged to the top and back 4 times!
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by andodenis  12 Nov 2008 This hill is part of Kennedy Park. The road goes all the way to the top. There is a carpark there. Does driving up count as having climbed the mountain? There are very good views of Wexford, Waterford and Kilkenny. It is the highest point for a very long way.
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