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Slieve Foye Mountain Sliabh Feá A name in Irish
also Carlingford Mountain an extra name in English
(Ir. Sliabh Feá [GE], 'mountain of rushes') County Highpoint of Louth, in County Highpoint, Arderin Lists, Undifferentiated, or layered gabbro 1-4 Bedrock

Height: 589m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 29&36A Grid Reference: J16902 11934 This summit has been logged as climbed by 537 members. Recently by: kitchen, Franky, Grainnew, Lauranna, MichaelG55, geohappy, 21yearsgone, declanohagan, colmdoggett, DelStewart, dillonkdy, paddyobpc, Reeks2011, lw24, tommccarthy
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Longitude: -6.216215, Latitude: 54.043405 , Easting: 316902, Northing: 311934 Prominence: 494m,   Isolation: 0.8km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 716824 811942,   GPS IDs, 6 char: SlvFy, 10 char: SlvFoye
Bedrock type: Undifferentiated, or layered gabbro 1-4, (Layered Gabbro)

Locally the name is understood as Sliabh Fathaigh, 'mountain of the giant', and this ties in with local lore about a giant being discernible among the summit rocks [KM, personal comment]. Also called Carlingford Mountain.   Slieve Foye is the highest mountain in the Cooley/Gullion area and the 317th highest in Ireland. Slieve Foye is the most easterly summit and also the second most southerly in the Cooley/Gullion area. Slieve Foye is the highest point in county Louth.

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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Slieve Foye in area Cooley/Gullion, Ireland
Picture: Slieve Foye above Carlingford
Straightforward ascents for great views.
Short Summary created by simon3,  11 Nov 2013
Slieve Foye, the County Highpoint of Louth, sits dramatically above and to the south of the entrance to Carlingford Lough. There are mountain views NW along the Cooleys and distant views of the Isle of Man however this place is famous for its southern perspective of the Mournes. As of 2013 it was the 31st most logged mountain in Ireland.
There are several semi-formal tracks from the Carlingford town side such as starting at around J1894 1166 A, signposted Tain trail. There are ways up from Windy Gap starting at around J1347 1319 B. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/298/comment/5058/
MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Slieve Foye in area Cooley/Gullion, Ireland
Picture: On the ridge between Slieve Foye and the Eagles Rock
mcrtchly on Slieve Foye, 2010
by mcrtchly  22 Feb 2010
We climbed Slieve Foye on Saturday 13th February 2010 having decided to follow the new Slieve Foye looped walk as found on the Louth Co. Co. website. Unfortunately the walk is not yet fully developed and descent from the gap below the Eagles Rock could be dangerous for inexperienced walkers due to the lack of a defined path, sudden cessation of signs and on-going clear felling of the Slieve Foye forest. The route from the centre of Carlingford follows the Tain Way for about 500m up a steep road to a cross roads where the Tain way turns off to the right. At the cross roads continue uphill along a path sign posted Barnavave then a short turn to the left and over a new metal stile to where the path meets another part of the Tain Way. Follow the Tain Way to Barnavave gap and then turn right up the ridge towards Slieve Foye where there are signs for the Foye looped walk. A short scramble leads to the summit (there are harder scrambles on the rocks if you want). It was quite icy on top.

The views from Slieve Foye across Carlingford Lough to the Mournes were fantastic and a rocky ridge leads NW from the summit towards The Eagles Rock. Just below the Eagles Rock signs for the Foye looped walk lead off to the right (NNE) down a steep valley towards Slieve Foye forest. Then the signs stop and here the problems arose. We tried to make our own way down towards the car park shown on the map and avoiding the steep cut of the river in the valley. But there was no track and even worse, no gate or stile into the forest (which is now no longer a forest due to on-going clear felling). Eventually we managed to cross the fence and struggled over the remains of fallen trees and through deep sticky mud to reach the Tain Way which we followed back SE to our start in Carlingford.

Slieve Foye has much to recommend it, especially the craggy ridge walk NW from the summit but the route down to Slieve Foye forest is not to be recommended at the moment; at least until the route is signed and access through the forest/clear fell is sorted out. I contacted Louth Co. Co. on my return and they are aware of the problem and have said that they will put up temporary signs on the Slieve Foye walk alerting walkers. They are also talking with Coillte about the best way to cross the forest once the clear felling is completed. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/298/comment/4422/
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Slieve Foye in area Cooley/Gullion, Ireland
Picture: Foye Trig Pillar
Something for everyone
by paulocon  5 Jun 2012
Fast becoming my old reliable, I've seen Foye in all weathers and it never fails to lift the mood. If you're planning on climbing the mountain, be sure to also take in some of the ridge as the rock-strewn landscape offers so much to explore. Every walk or run on the mountain reveals something new. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/298/comment/6846/
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Picture: Golyin Pass and Barnavave from the slopes of Slieve Foye
pdtempan on Slieve Foye, 2009
by pdtempan  3 Jun 2009
(Continued from Ravens Rock) As I approached Slieve Foye I encountered other walkers again. On the summit a woman in her fifties asked me the name of the mountain we were. She wanted to be able to tell her husband which peak she had climbed. "Slieve Foye? Is that how you say it?" I presume she had followed the crowds from Carlingford. I descended to the Golyin Pass and then left behind the crowds heading back to Carlingford by turning E along the Tain Way towards Glenmore. I was behind schedule, so once I reached the road, I started thumbing and almost immediately got a lift back to the Long Woman's Grave from a local. "I thought you were out for a walk!" was his opening shot. When I explained that had done the whole ridge from the Windy Gap to Slieve Foye and that I was taking advantage of his generosity because I still had plans to bag a few of Clermont Carn's satellites, he said "Well, maybe you've done enough then." Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/298/comment/3805/
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tsunami on Slieve Foye, 2004
by tsunami  29 Sep 2004
A fabulous mountain. Superior in so many ways to many others up to twice its size. It's mix of location, sense of exposure and also the challenge it can present having to climb from sea level put it up with the best of them. With the development and sign posting of the Tain Way, it has however become a lot more popular and some routes to the summit tend to be a little overcrowded in good weather for my liking, my favorite route being from the car park in Carlingford straight up onto the shoulder between Foye and Barnavave, around the back of the mountain towards the white bog until you are level with the trig point, and then simply scramble to the top. The views are excellent for the effort (which is really only the last couple of hundred yards straight up to the summit). For lovers of the Mournes, if you haven't been on the summit of Foye you are missing possibly one of the best opportunities to really appreciate the "Kingdom"! The picture shows part of this view over to Binnian, with it's head in the cloud. A panoramic lens is a must to really capture the breathtaking view over Carlingford Lough. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/298/comment/1208/
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Picture: Lower Slopes of Slieve Foye from Carlingford Village.
mneary34 on Slieve Foye, 2005
by mneary34  27 Oct 2005
On 22nd October 2005 myself and Tom Milligan set out on a sunny morning to traverse the Cooleys from Carlingford village to Black Mountain and back. We parked in the tourist office car park in the village, walked through the village and took the northern headed Tain Trail. We departed from the trail on the left hand side of the wood shown in the photo which is the southern side of the wood. From there it is a steep direct climb to the summit and some scrambling is required if the line is to be maintained, so it is a route that may not suit everybody. Due to low cloud and poor visibility a bearing had to be taken to take us along the ridge past Eagle Rock and at J 157 136 C we changed direction and headed for Windy Gap. A combination of compass guidance and GPS 'Go to' took us from there although between The Split Rock and Ravens Rock all cleared and the wood south of Windy Gap came into view. We headed along its north eastern side and then descended along its northern side towards Windy Gap. This descent beside the Wood is steep and I would think especially in damp wet conditions should be avoided. We arrived at Windy Gap after a climb along this segment of the walk of 700 metres and 7 k in 2 hours 40 minutes. See Black Mountain for a continuation of the trek. In the attached photo the top of the forest is at the 250 metre contour and the top of the visible mountain is at 400 metres approx so there is another 200 metres approx covered in cloud. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/298/comment/2021/
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