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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 382 members. Recently by: Nuala-Mc1, Dee68, LorraineG60, Daingean, Juanita, AidanP, annemariebbrenna, LorraineG, eejaymm, Hadleigh, johnballinger, paulmcquaid, Helenha, danifergie87, Franky
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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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Picture: Above the clouds - view from Slieve Gullion
 
paulocon on Slieve Gullion, 2008
by paulocon  27 Nov 2008
3rd peak on my county high points challenge and a very enjoyable day out. Brought my 2 eldest children (9 and 11) so decided to drive up to the car park. After a false start from the wrong car-park and a circuit back to the correct one, we were on our way! Note that you will pass the trail up to the summit on your right and the car-park is another couple of hundred metres further up on your left (like a lay-by). The walk up is pretty straight-forward - slippy and boggy in places, particularly after the second shelter but 40 minutes will bring you to the huge cairn at the top. Summit furniture includes a trig pillar and another pillar adorned with a direction indicator for local points of interest. We had fog all the way up with a thick covering on top but after we sat down for some refreshments, it started to burn off to reveal superb views - the views rival those of the Mournes with Clermont Cairn and the Cooley range clearly visible. Give yourself some time to explore the extensive ridge - I particularly recommend taking a walk across the ridge north to the superb lake but beware, it's very boggy in places. Pretty straightforward trek back down, kids found a newt which raised great excitment. All in all, a very enjoyable experience - will try the ascent from the main car-park sometime in the future and would like to spend some more time on the summit on a clearer day. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/322/comment/3377/
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Sleeve gullion security
by peadarmc  27 Sep 2012
Security for vehicles has been a major issue here. Now with the opening of the playground and coffee shop there are people constantly coming and going so crime against cars is non existent. Also I am off work with a broken arm (bike accident) so I am available all week to provide local knowledge on routes etc.. Just message me and I can meet you there. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/322/comment/14827/
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evelyn on Slieve Gullion, 2004
by evelyn  9 Jul 2004
Please note if you are intending to go from the upper carpark that the forest drive is not always open! During the summer weekends the barrier is opened around 10 am, but having arrived to climb the mountain twice in the Spring of 2004 and found the driveway closed at the weekend, it makes it not so enjoyable to walk up the road! There are a number of carparks in the forest, the uppermost is situated in the open land looking West/ SouthWest, the climb from here is easy, there is a stile over fencing and half way up there is a very ugly shelter, with great views over the surounding countryside, on reaching the summit, you will see the loch between the 2 summits which has a number of legends attached to it, the round trip should take no longer than 1 1/2 hours. If the barrier is closed and you don't fancy walking up the road, there are plenty of forests and mountains to explore in the nearby vicininty! Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/322/comment/1016/
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csd on Slieve Gullion, 2004
by csd  9 Aug 2004
We approached from the south on a very foggy August 8, 2004. Parking at J027 186 A, we walked up the road (one-way in the opposite direction), and branched right onto a gravel track which took us to the car park noted by evelyn. Sheet 36 isn't 100% accurate regarding the forest tracks, and shows everything as a dotted line, be it a faint sheep trail or a paved road! The final ascent began just after the car park, with what looks like a sheep path leading off the road to the right -- easy to miss in the fog. The photo shows the entrance to the burial chamber, located at the summit. Pity about the fog -- the views would be spectacular on a better day. By GPS, the actual summit is within 30 metres of the co-ordinates given on this site. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/322/comment/1071/
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Audi-Anne on Slieve Gullion, 2009
by Audi-Anne  26 Sep 2009
Sat 26th Sep 09: We decided a 2 hour drive warranted a decent walk and therefore didn't use the mountain tracks. We parked on the B134 at about J00601950 B.Lots of houses about and plenty of space for a couple of cars. We had an unwilling walker who remained with the 2 cars and read her book. She was approached a few times and told about cars being vandalised here regularly and it frightened her. Anyway, the 4 of us were happy the cars would be safe! We took a straight route to the summit but this involved diabolical terrain , herds of goats, and 2 descents!! Also within yards of entering the forest we almost had a cliff to climb. It was only a few metres but extremely steep. After this the only difficulty was that we had a lot of heather and gorse which was thigh high in places. Luckily as we neared the top we met 3 lovely climbers who told us we were near the top and could follow the path down. The mist had just descended so our view was gone before we got to the top. The passage tomb is fantastic and we did enjoy the day immensely. The steep bit was even trickier on way down. Whole thing took us 3 hours... Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/322/comment/4142/
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Picture: Worth a little cheating
 
Wonderful Views, Not Earned
by Aidy  7 Apr 2014
I can't really add much to what's already been written here, and I had very little time today so (hangs head in shame), parked at the top car park and dashed up from there. In my defence, it was that or nothing, and having seen the views, I am defiantly glad I did. I promise to return when I have more time, and walk this great mountain properly. In the meantime, I'll have my memories of the amazing, if unearned, sights from the summit. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/322/comment/15973/
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