Slieve Foye 589m mountain, Cooley/Gullion Cooley Mountains Louth Ireland at
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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 318th highest in Ireland. Slieve Foye is the second most easterly summit in the Cooley/Gullion area. Slieve Foye is the highest point in county Louth.

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csd on Slieve Foye, 2004
by csd  17 Mar 2004
This, I presume, is why the area is called Split Rock. The one of the streams running down the western flank of Slieve Foye has carved a channel perhaps five metres deep into the surrounding boggy grassland. You don't notice the fissure in the ground until you're almost upon it. Trackback:
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Picture: My daughter close to the summit
paulocon on Slieve Foye, 2008
by paulocon  19 Oct 2008
Nursing a slight hangover and having being persuaded by my youngest daughter to take her to another mountain, we paid a visit to Slieve Foye on Saturday afternoon. From Carlingford, the mountain is an impressive and imposing sight. The cloud cover that had been apparent as we made out way down the M1 had dissipated by the time were in the village. We started our ascent from the car-park of Slieve Foye forest park (around 2kms out the Omeath road). After going over the stile, you are straight into a fairly steep ascent pretty much all the way up to Eagles rock. The views across Carlingford Lough and onto the slopes of the Mountains of Mourne are simply fantastic with the patchwork of fields being lit sporadically as the sun peaked out from behind the clouds. Swinging left here, we walked along a marshy flat ridge until we came to the stream at which point we started up the mountain again. There's no obvious trail so we picked our own way up. Close to the top, my daughter tired so we choose a large flat stone as a picnic location. I had a quick look over the top of a steep hill in front of us from where I could see the trig point. Followed the same patch back down, note that it's very wet and slippy in places so caution is needed. All in all, a good walk which is challenging in places - just beware the wet ground which I imagine will be treacherous going into the winter. Trackback:
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Picture: Slieve Foye from above Windy Gap
mneary34 on Slieve Foye, 2005
by mneary34  27 Oct 2005
And so to complete our journey from Carlingford to Black Mountain and back and to climb Slieve Foye for the second time on our route. The photo taken at J 129 138 A shows the last leg of the trek where we headed from the southern side of the wood at Windy Gap along the lower slopes of The Ravens Rock and contoured on mountain tracks in a south eastern direction, crossing a very deep gullied mountain stream until at approx grid ref. J 162 120 B we headed directly for the summit which is shown top right in the photo. From there tremendous views opened up which due to cloud earlier in the day we were denied. We descended on the southern slopes from the summit and then followed the Tain Trail back to the village and the car. A great days walking in a great location. Trackback:
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petermac on Slieve Foye, 2007
by petermac  4 Jan 2007
Four of us climbed Slieve Foye on 29th September 06. It was a rewarding and challanging walk , very enjoyable. Two points however, climbers may wish to note. Firstly, the start of the walk as indicated on the tourist office map(downloadable) is confusing. We found ourselves going too far south on the Tain Trail and had to cut across fields to get back on track! We had both the Discovery OS map and a gps with the route planned in it and we still had a problem with the starting point! So be careful of that. Also the decent from Eagles Rock down to the car park is treacherous at the moment / there has been so much rain. The rain caused a slime on the grass which makes it extreemly slippery. One stick is essential( if not two,) to negotiate it without continually falling on your Aras! Having said that , the rewards in terms of the view are worth the effort. Trackback:
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Picture: The summit!!
robvic on Slieve Foye, 2008
by robvic  17 Mar 2008
St. Patrick's Day 17th March 2008 - A great day forecast weatherwise so we decided to make the short trip from County Armagh to the Cooleys. What better than a 'stroll' up Slieve Foye?
We started from Carlingford carpark and headed along the Tain Way and then off the beaten track up the western side of Foye overlooking Carlingford, with its beautiful views over towards the Mournes. After negotiating the steep climb (slippery underfoot in places), zig zagging between outcrops of rock, we reached the summit. It was well worth the climb with its 360 degree panoramic views towards Dundalk, Newry, Warrenpoint, Rostrevor, Cranfield Point and the Irish Sea.
A reasonably strenuous challenge for our small group of relatively inexperienced walkers, aged between 9 and mid to late forties. The splendid weather and spectacular views combined to make it a day to remember! Trackback:
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Picture: View from Slieve Foye
three5four0 on Slieve Foye, 2010
by three5four0  5 Jan 2010
Revisited Slieve Foye just as the current cold weather arrived. Was interested to find new way marked ways, including a new Slieve Foye / Carlingford Mountain loop walk. We followed this up hill towards the summit, then it got a bit erratic, with the markers suddenly veering out right onto the s/e face, with one marker pole seemingly stranded by itself out on broken ground . Which may prove a bit misleading if you were descending towards this post in the opposite direction, i.e. it would lead you out onto more broken ground than you would want to be on.

From the summit there is a series of flashes on the rocks (painted and plastic versions ) which lead off, before directing you down towards the forest. Fair enough, they then change direction totally, guiding you along the bench that runs along the n/e side of the hill. Well they would, but the markers are a bit scarce around this change of direction, before changing once more to a direct descent towards the forest. Which of course changes again, pointing you across more broken ground (out crops), after finding the next poll lying on the ground, we decided to make our own way round the hill.

Hopefully this is work in progress, and will be sorted in time for this years tourist season, if not you could have some very confused people wondering aimlessly around the hill looking for a way back to Carlingford and then there is the tourist to consider as well! Trackback:
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