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Cooley/Gullion Area   Cooley Mountains Subarea
Place count in area: 23, OSI/LPS Maps: 28, 29, 35, 36 
Highest place:
Slieve Foye, 589m
Maximum height for area: 589 metres,     Maximum prominence for area: 494 metres,

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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
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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 301st 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: A look back towards Carlingford
from Carlingford
by paddyobpc  25 Jan 2017
Walk Date: 05 Aug 2016. Being in Belfast for other business Dillon(dillonkdy) and myself took a detour on the way home and parked in Carlingford just before six on a beautiful summers afternoon. Carlingford is a lovely coastal town and the famous Carlingford Oyster Festival was on at the time so the town was buzzing. We walked through the tiny streets and left all the noise behind following the straightforward route to the top of Slieve Foye. We noticed we were climbing right from the start as we set off from sea level. Views on the climb were fantastic as were the views back towards Carlingford. We recorded a climb of 564m to the top returning to the car after 2.5 hrs covering almost 8Km. A road race was just finishing in the town as we returned, it felt like we were passing the finishing line too! See Dillon’s (dillonkdy) full story of his County High Point Challenge at https://dillons32chpchallenge.github.io/progress/index.html We also found Kieron Gribbon's High Point Ireland website (www.highpointireland.com) to be a useful source of information for our 32 County High Points challenge. Definitely worth checking out if you're planning to do any of the High Point challenges. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/298/comment/18828/
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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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Irish Gabbro!
by IainT  22 Aug 2017
Gabbro is one of the roughest and most frictiony rocks around and is superb for scrambling on, as all visitors to the Skye Cuiilin across the water know. I never realised until yesterday that Slieve Foye was made of it, or I'd have paid it a visit years ago. My loss, as the ridge traverse is a superb half day, with myriads of lovely rough rock tors to clamber around on. I started from the high road on the SW, about 300m north of the school (space for about 3 cars). The Tain Way is signed up to the ridge, then follow the latter over the main summit and numerous minor ones (more than the map shows) to Eagles Rock, taking in as much rock as you fancy. Bear left to Ravens Rock then head south to pick up a good track leading out to the road about a mile from your car. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/298/comment/19686/
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