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Mourne Mountains Area   W: Slievemoughanmore Subarea
Place count in area: 58, OSI/LPS Maps: 20, 29, EW-CLY 
Highest place:
Slieve Donard, 849m
Maximum height for area: 849 metres,     Maximum prominence for area: 821 metres,

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Eagle Mountain Mountain Sliabh an Iolair A name in Irish (Ir. Sliabh an Iolair [PNNI], 'mountain of the eagle') Down County in NI and in Ulster Province, in Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam Lists, Granite granophyre Bedrock

Height: 638m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 29 Grid Reference: J24492 22977
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Longitude: -6.095881, Latitude: 54.140775 , Easting: 324492, Northing: 322977 Prominence: 263m,  Isolation: 0.5km
ITM: 724412 822982,   GPS IDs, 6 char: EglMnt, 10 char: EglMntn
Bedrock type: Granite granophyre, (Mourne Mountains granite)

The approach from Attical gives you a view of the spectacular Great Gully. The eastern slopes are dotted with quarries.   Eagle Mountain is the 224th highest place in Ireland.

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Follow this place's comments Picture about mountain Eagle Mountain (<i>Sliabh an Iolair</i>) in area Mourne Mountains, Ireland
Picture: Looking E to Slieve Binnian from Eagle Mt. summit.
A fine place for a view
Short Summary created by Harry Goodman  26 Oct 2011
Route 1:Start Leitrim Lodge car park J224 257 starA. Follow the track SE to J232 244 starB. Go up left (E) over a small col before dropping down SE to cross the Rocky Water stream. Continue up in same direction to the Windy Gap J246 236 starC. Turn steeply up right (SW) and follow line of Batts Wall for 500m. Where it turns sharp left follow it along for 300m, cross a stile and walk the short distance out to the summit cairn. Route 2: Start from Attical Community Centre car park J268 189 starD. Go NE and turn into Sandy Brae. Follow along for 2k to a small foot bridge J263 206 starE. Once across go left and follow a stone wall up to and over a stile. Head NW up the spur picking up a track J25253 21673 starF and then up to a check point J2479222303 starG. Continue up along the high right edge of the steep east face of the mountain to gain the top (summit cairn). Return by way of ascent or for a looped walk go the short distance across to Batt's Wall and follow it NW along the crest and then steeply down NE to Windy Gap J24650 23675 starH. From here a right turn SE soon leads to a track which can then be followed down to Sandy Brae and back to the start.
The views from the top of Eagle are extensive in all directions, from Slieve Foye and the Cooleys to the W, the distant Sperrins and Belfast Hills to the N and best of all a wonderful panorama E to the High Mournes with the jagged profile of Slieve Binnian particularly prominent. Linkback: Picture about mountain Eagle Mountain (<i>Sliabh an Iolair</i>) in area Mourne Mountains, Ireland
Picture: The Old Man of Eagle
Renewing old acquaintances
by Harry Goodman  27 Oct 2011
As I had not been over Eagle Mt. for some time a friend and I decided on 20th April 2010 to include it in a looped walk which also took in the tops of Shanlieve and Finlieve (not a listed mv Top). We parked in the Attical Community Centre Car Park J2682818940 starI and walked a short way towards the village before turning left into Sandy Brae which we followed along for some 2k to an old foot-bridge J2633120593 starJ. In the past I would have driven up to this point and parked beside some farm buildings but I understand that from time to time there has been some tampering with cars left here and I did not consider it worth taking any chances! Also at this point along the Brae there was a notice stating that the lane beyond is private land. A small detour was therefore necessary by turning left along a stone wall and up to and over a stile. From here we headed NW up the long spur of Eagle Mt. to pick up a track at J22525321673. From time to time this path became rather sparse but was always idenifiable as it led us up to a high point at J2479222303 starG with superb views across the steep E face of the mountain and down to the Windy Gap track. The path then wound around W and N to the top. On the way we stopped to renew our acquaintances with the "Old Man of Eagle" (my name), a cluster of large granite blocks (see photo) on the high cliff edge of the mountain. J2476622331 starK. Once at the summit cairn we walked the short distance across to Batts Wall where we turned left and followed it along to Shanlieve the next top in our planned loop. The views from the top are extensive, in all directions, from Slieve Foye and the Cooleys to the W, the distant Sperrins and Belfast Hills to the N and best of all a wonderful panorama of the High Mournes E with the jagged profile of Slieve Binnian particularly prominent. For someone not wishing to do this loop I would recommend that the Wall is followed NW and then sharply down NE to Windy Gap at J2465023675 starH where a right turn SE soon leads to a path which can then be followed down to what becomes the Sandy Brae track and back to the start. However remember on the way down to leave the track and follow the short detour around the private land noted on the way up. Linkback:
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Picture: Eagle Mt east side.
mneary34 on Eagle Mountain, 2005
by mneary34  2 Oct 2005
Eagle Mountain is set well away from the main summits in the Mournes and it takes a dedicated trip to get there. I approached it from Slievemoughanmore and there is quite a height drop between the two. This photo shows the typical Mourne wall leading down from Slievemoughanmore and up more steeply on the other side to the Summit of Eagle Mountain. Linkback:
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Bleck Cra on Eagle Mountain, 2004
by Bleck Cra  1 Aug 2004
tsunami: the fact that you enjoyed any of that is testament to your determination. The best way to do any any of these is to kick off from just out of Hilltown at the foot of Hen Mountain: that way you can do a horseshoe without even getting the horse's feet damp - unlike your own experience. The castle and red bogs are famous in these airts and will soak you to your gusset even after 6 months of drought. It is also arguable if Finlieve is ever worth the bother. My one and only recollection of same is that the views across Carlingford are stunning but not stunning enough ever to get me back there. Take my route and be very pleased and congratulations for foregoing the main Mourne thoroughfares. Linkback:
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Bleck Cra on Eagle Mountain, 2004
by Bleck Cra  13 Oct 2004
A couple of weeks back, in appalling conditions, thirty-or-so Drogheda innocents were lead off the Mournes by the Rescue. Some sneer; some not and some are glad no one died.
There is not one of us who has not had the bejasus scared out of us at some time by ……. absolutely nothing. Not kiss-close crags; not sand-blast hail; neither distance nor danger.
It’s that “absolutely nothing” - the blind bog in the black mirk that does the trick.
Of the 15 odd years in the Scottish Hills and now nearly the same in the Mournes and beyond, there are only 2 spots fill me with quaking apprehension every time I beat myself into them.
The knife ridges of Aonach Eagach? The wicked black airiness of Mweelrea? The lepping lottery of the Devil’s Coachroad?
Nope - two black-hearted bogs: South of Mullwharchar in the Galloway Hills and The Red/Castle Bogs: out of Hilltown, out of sight, out of mind.
The latter as I understand is where a third century of terrified youngsters were tracked down by the peak police.
This is a very bad place.

As soon as the mist comes down, two things happen: coming off Eagle, you play safe (to avoid nowhereland) by bearing too far South - problem 1. And now problem 2, navigating what is actually a “flow” - the best of us find ourselves knee-deep in bog with not a stone for a visual ref and the prospect of death exhausting us.
Dragged up on to Pierce’s Castle, you feel like a cormorant come out of an oil slick.
Going the other way ….., alas I have to go with the first opinion above - and were it such, thanks to various saints they never got a-top Eagle or they might have gone a-bottom. Linkback:
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simon3 on Eagle Mountain, 2004
by simon3  12 Dec 2004
Descending at sunset one winter’s day off the spur leading north from Eagle’s summit one of my fellow travellers, (well known MV contributor, Bleck Cra) pointed out this misty sunset. The sunset certainly was a thing of beauty which is more than can be said for the boggy, tussocky couple of k we had walking out north along the Rocky Water stream. Linkback:
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