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Slieve Gullion Mountain Sliabh gCuillinn A name in Irish
(Ir. Sliabh gCuillinn [DUPN], 'mountain of the steep slope/holly') County Highpoint of Armagh, in County Highpoint, Arderin Lists, Granite granophyre Bedrock

Height: 573m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 29 Grid Reference: J02476 20331 This summit has been logged as climbed by 381 members. Recently by: Dee68, LorraineG60, Daingean, Juanita, AidanP, annemariebbrenna, LorraineG, eejaymm, Hadleigh, johnballinger, paulmcquaid, Helenha, danifergie87, Franky, theredyin
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Longitude: -6.433485, Latitude: 54.121878 , Easting: 302476, Northing: 320331 Prominence: 478m,   Isolation: 4.3km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 702402 820337,   GPS IDs, 6 char: SlvGln, 10 char: SlvGln
Bedrock type: Granite granophyre, (Slieve Gullion Complex)

The Cailleach Bhéirre is remembered in several names on and around Slieve Gullion. A passage tomb on the summit is known as Calliagh Birra’s House. This is one of the highest megalithic tombs in the country (after those on Slieve Donard and the Paps in Kerry). The legend is that when Fionn Mac Cumhaill was enticed inside, he went fresh and youthful but emerged as an exhausted old man. A small lake on the plateau north of the summit is called Calliagh Berra’s Lough. Lower down in the townland of Aghadavoyle on a hillock called Spellick is a rock feature known as the Cailleach Bearea’s Chair. This is was regularly visited on 'Blaeberry Sunday', when everybody on the outing would take a turn to sit in the chair. It is recorded by Máire MacNeill as a Lughnasa site (160-61).   Slieve Gullion is the second highest mountain in the Cooley/Gullion area and the 353rd highest in Ireland. Slieve Gullion is the highest point in county Armagh.

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Car park security
by peadarmc  6 Aug 2010
The security situation has improved greatly in recent years. At the bottom of the mountain the car parks are monitored by CCTV and locals are constantly on the lookout for dodgy characters. I live near the foot and have parked there hundreds of time without any problems. For those who are more cautious a good idea is to park at The Three Steps Pub and tackle Gullion from there - also a good excuse for a pint or two afterwards! There are many alternative routes to the summit but these are mostly only known by locals. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/322/comment/5987/
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murraynolan on Slieve Gullion, 2010
by murraynolan  13 Feb 2010
I walked up Slieve Gullion on Friday 12th February & found it to be a pleasant walk with great views from the summit.

As I saw no-one else from the time I entered the park to the time I left I parked right beside the turn off from the forest drive to the path up the hill. (I was also paranoid about theft so I didn't hang about and took about an hour or so door to door.)

The visibility was just slightly restricted, though I was still delighted to be able to see Lambay Island to the south, I imagine on the clearest of days the views are fantastic.

All in all this was a lovely hill. Once out of the light breeze the silence was complete and the well preserved passage tomb only adds to the enjoyment.

I would suggest that even if you aren't going to walk the hill the forest drive loop would make for a nice side trip if you happened to find yourself in the Newry area. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/322/comment/4400/
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madfrankie on Slieve Gullion, 2003
by madfrankie  27 Mar 2003
Most folk probably do Slieve Gullion from the Forest Park to the south, but you can also make an easy ascent from the north. The Ballard road crosses the northern slopes in a east-west direction, and you can park at it's highest point.
Through a gate a track leads across farmland and up onto heathery slopes. Iron arrows point the way as the track weaves up the hillside. On reaching the North Cairn you quickly pass the tiny Calliagh Berras Lough. Beyond here the track disintegrates, but the way ahead is obvious. A gentle ascent brings you to the summit's large burial mound with trig pillar and directional plaque (with rather optimistic pointers to the Slieve Blooms and Iron Mountains!). There is a low entrance to the burial chamber on the western side which is worth the crawl.
Returning by your ascent route takes about 2 hours. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/322/comment/399/
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gerrym on Slieve Gullion, 2004
by gerrym  13 Apr 2004
Going on advice from those above I approached from north, parking at Camlough Wood carpark (033233 A). Follow very narrow road west for 5 minutes and pass through gate with white arrow on post, opposite derilect house. Follow easy track uphill - this gets quite messy nearer the top. North Cairn is reached after 45 minutes and a further 15 minutes will take you along summit, past the lough and to the impressive South Cairn, with its twin pillars. Good views north to Camlough Mountain and east to the Cooley Hills with Slieve Foye peaking its cloud covered top from behind. Dundalk Bay also visible to south.
Take a bearing on Killey Castle (042204 B) and drop down off hillside towards the forest park. Contour along top of wood and along stone wall to Camlough Wood. When reached follow trees uphill and then downhill (north) on embankment beside stream to the road at Ballard and then short walk to carpark. Took 2.5 hours and was quiet - except for constant helicopter activity servicing numerous lookout posts in the area. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/322/comment/923/
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Slieve Gullion in area Cooley/Gullion, Ireland
Picture: Visualisation of the Ring of Gullion
simon3 on Slieve Gullion, 2005
by simon3  12 Jun 2005
Geologically interesting Slieve Gullion was created around 65 to 50 million years ago. It is described as being surrounded by a ring of hills known as a ring dyke, essentially the extremely eroded remains of the caldera of a volcano which was about 11 km wide!
It is really hard to do justice to the unusual experience of being on the summit (in good weather) with the ruined rim of the volcano all around you. The illustration uses NASA data to create an overview and the picture shows what just one part of the view looks like from the summit, looking towards Camlough mountain. Like a number of the rim mountains this has an army base on it, to which in 2005 anyway, helicopters regularly fly in.
According to Robert Lloyd Praeger (quoting PW Joyce) ".. one of the many legends referring Finn MacCoul ends on the shore of the little lake on the top of Slieve Gullion, where, on the site where a magic drinking-horn disappeared, 'a growth of slender twigs' grew up, gifted with the virtue that any one who looks on it in the morning fasting will know in a moment all things that are to happen that day." Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/322/comment/1743/
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Slieve Gullion in area Cooley/Gullion, Ireland
Picture: Descending Gullion on the west.
 
mneary34 on Slieve Gullion, 2005
by mneary34  17 Oct 2005
In a mist covered early morning we approached Slieve Gullion from the forest park on the southern side of the mountain. There is a one way system in operation for cars on sections of the forest tracks but when we were there this hardly seemed necessary although obviously on sunny summer afternoons things may be different. We started from a car park high up the mountain at J 018 200 C. Approximately 100 metres north of the car park a track leads in a meandering route up the mountain to the summit. Cloud prevented any meaningful photos being taken on the summit but on the way down this view opened up to the north west. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/322/comment/2003/
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