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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 place has been logged as visited by 389 members. Recently by: seamaspeineas, DeltaP, Pdhancock, markwallace, livelife2thefull, NualaMc, bigmac63, Nuala-Mc1, Dee68, LorraineG60, Daingean, Juanita, AidanP, annemariebbrenna, LorraineG
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Longitude: -6.43344, Latitude: 54.12185 , Easting: 302476, Northing: 320331 Prominence: 478m,  Isolation: 4.3km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 702405 820334,   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 336th highest in Ireland. Slieve Gullion is the highest point in county Armagh.

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mneary34 on Slieve Gullion, 2005
by mneary34  24 Oct 2005
I was on Slieve Gullion on 15 October 2005 but early morning mist and cloud prevented any view of the scale of the mountain. However a week later from the summit of Black Mountain a clear view of Gullion was available to the west as shown in this photo looking out over a 241 metre high hill which is just north of Jonesborough. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/322/comment/2017/
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Slieve Gullion in area Cooley/Gullion, Ireland
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Colin Murphy on Slieve Gullion, 2008
by Colin Murphy  29 Sep 2008
The 'twin towers' of the trig pillar and a directional pillar atop the passage tomb on Gullion, frame the small Calliagh Berras Lough to the north. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/322/comment/3344/
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Sherlock1 on Slieve Gullion, 2009
by Sherlock1  3 Jan 2009
Followed madfrankies advice (above) but parked outside a wonderful white cottage on Ballard Road. Did not have to proceed as far as wood, Through the gate and follow the green road. Its a nice route and not strenuous. A good one to get you back in the game after seasonal excess. The surrounding countryside make this worth the trek with good views to Dundalk Bay. Also worth the trek to see South Armagh. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/322/comment/3501/
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stephenfarley on Slieve Gullion, 2004
by stephenfarley  9 Mar 2004
Most people start at the carpark high up the mountain. This car park can hold a minibus or four and is a good start point for a quick walk to the summit, taking around thirty to forty minutes. If you start from the bottom beside the centre, it is a longer walk up through the forest then some exposed ground along a road, but not very exciting and to be avoided really. Good for a quick afternoon walk. The summit is easy to reach over some loose scree, and is just above a plateau with a number of lakes. Can be treacherous in the wrong sort of weather, as we found while doing a scout orienteering competition in the fog. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/322/comment/886/
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Loop from Forest Park Car Park
by nkenealy  11 Oct 2013
Track 2508 Went up with 2 friends who are hell bent on doing the county high points for Ireland - and I would never have thought of tackling Slieve Gullion if if wasn't the county highpoint for Armagh. It's the closest point in the North - about 90km from Harolds Cross in Dublin. Take the first turn inside the border - going towards Jonesborough - famous for it's market in the 80's and it was still there when we passed by on a Sunday.

Starting from the Slieve Gullion Forest Park car park. There's a nice cafe there in the Slieve Gullion Courtyard Centre.

WALK DIRECTIONS (Ring of Gullion Way/RGW blue arrows): From top left corner of car park (OS ref J 040196 A), left up path through trees. In ¼ mile join Forest Drive (038191 B), up slope, then level, for ¼ mile to RGW post on left (035190 C). Right up drive, past metal barrier; left uphill for 1½ miles to car park (018200 D). Beyond picnic table, right at white post, steeply uphill to South Cairn on Slieve Gullion summit (025203 E). There's a 3000 year old tomb on top which you can go down into- and a much more recent dugout up on top which the British Army used during the Troubles.

On the way back you pass the Lake of Sorrows which is Cailleach Beara's house - she turned Fionn Mac Cumhaill an old man when he dived into the Lake of Sorrows to for her golden ring.
Head towards the North Cairn (021211 F); then aim north for Sturgan Mountain (left of Cam Lough), then white house between you and lake. Path divides by grassy 'lawn' with boulder beyond; right here, aiming for house. Through gate, down to road (025230 G). Right along road for 3 miles, passing Killevy Old Church (040221 H) and Clonlum Cairn (047206 I),
Cairn is nicely hidden with bushes and stuff - well worth crossing the field for it.

About another km to the Slieve Gullion Forest Park (046199 J). Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/322/comment/15224/
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