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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 Leinster Province, 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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Picture: Jason on the shoulder between Barnavave and Slieve Foye
paulocon on Slieve Foye, 2008
by paulocon  30 Nov 2008
With seemingly the whole of the East Coast and perhaps much of the country coated in thick fog and severe frost, we took the M1 north towards Carlingford and were passed by a seemingly unending line of traffic as shoppers made their way relentlessy across the border to Newry leaving the crumbling remants of the Celtic Tiger in their wake. Leaving the madness of the motorway and nearing the town, we were treated to a truly awesome sight as Slieve Foye emerged almost magically from the fog, it's slopes illuminated by the superb early morning winter sun. Across from Foye were the Mournes, their slopes also brightly lit whilst in the middle sat Carlinford Lough covered by thick white low-lying cloud in a manner similar to icing on a Christmas cake. We tackled Slieve Foye from the carpark at the Tourist Office, following the signs for the Tain Trail. We missed the turn uphill (not signposted) but were directed back on track by a very kind woman who mentioned that our mistake was a very common one. We followed the track all the way up to the obvious ridge between Foye and Barnavave before swinging right off the Tain trail towards Slieve Foye (another marked track). Conditions underfoot were perfect, the boggy ground hardened by the sharp frost. We soon arrived at the summit with the contrast between the sun-drenched southern slopes and frost-covered northern side very striking. Stunning views from atop the mountain with the tops of the distant Wicklow Moutains poking up through the cloud cover which still lay across much of the country. All in all, a fantastic and very enjoyable walk in exceptional conditions. Linkback:
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Picture: Marker on Slive Foye
Moac on Slieve Foye, 2010
by Moac  16 Mar 2010
The dog brought me for a walk on Sunday 14th March. I parked at the car park J16471 14032 A as Coillte have clearfelled a chunk of forest and closed off access to the higher carpark J16741 13730 B. I followed the pleasant track SE towards Carlingford until the end of the forest and then climbed Slive Foye fairly directly. I was taken aback to find a bright reflectorised marker at the summit! These markers littered the summit ridge. I have some adverse comments on these markers; drilling the rock to fix them is not 'leave no trace' compliant, they are very visible if travelling clockwise on the loop but not so if travelling counterclockwise - if somebody is relying on the markers and loses them in bad visibility they may be in serious trouble & the screws are already rusting (should have used brass). mcrtchly had a problem in descent - either head straight for upper carpark [C] or head for corner of forest J16405 13892 C and follow track down to lower carpark [B]. A track also contours from corner of forest [D] across to upper carpark [C] . Linkback:
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ricky k on Slieve Foye, 2005
by ricky k  3 Jan 2005
Fantastic wee hill for a short day. Fine views in all directions. Wait for a stable high pressure and bring your camera..... Pic shows view northeast towards Slieve Binian from the "Tain Way" approach from Carlingford Town. Route is marked on the latest OS maps. Linkback:
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davema on Slieve Foye, 2006
by davema  12 Dec 2006
Last Saturday, a trio of us headed up Sliabh Foye, having attended a wedding in Carlingford on Friday night. Nice weather, sunny and windy - as long as the rain didn't show up, we were set! We followed the Tain trail out of carlingford and once out on the hillside, we abandoned the trail and pretty much headed straight towards the peak. Gets steep towards the top, but nothing too arduous. At the top, the wind was howling, and most of the puddles were iced up. (it even threatened to snow at one point!) We continued north-west along the ridge to the Eagles Rock (J151132 D - where we saw two eagle-styled birds flying around). We then turned north-east and followed a small river along a steep descent to the forest below. At the point where the river enters the forest, a path can be followed downhill to a small car park. Turn right here, and follow the forest road back to carlingford (keeping left at an obvious junction). Took us about 3.5 hours, not hanging around for too long. A nice day out, good views in all directions. Linkback:
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Picture: The long ridge of Carlingford Mtn, with Slieve Foye at the end on the right
dr_banuska on Slieve Foye, 2010
by dr_banuska  26 Feb 2010
Fittingly, this was my last of the Cooley/Gullion summits listed on MV. See The Foxes Rock & Ravens Rock entries for start of this approach from the Windy Gap. I descended from TRR’s small summit cairn into the valley between it and the broad ridge of Carlingford Mtn, with Foye clearly visible at its SE end.

You could upslope again right away and perhaps take in The Eagles Rock, but I decided to skirt between the small lakes and aim for Foye through the valley. This was an enjoyable walk offering great views up to the ridge with its rocky outcrops and S to Dundalk Bay. I passed a large, conspicous area of dark rock up on the ridge before ascending proper. This wasn't too tough going but the last 50m or so is always a killer - I was delighted then to emerge unexpectedly just below the trig pillar. Here I instantly met a couple who had come up the more popular route from Carlingford village.

After a quick lunch I explored the summit area. The view now took in Carlingford, Greenore and across the lough to the hook of land that forms the North’s most southerly point. I could just make out Kilkeel and the caravan blight of Cranfield. Looking W, Slieve Gullion was still partly obscured by Clermont Carn etc. but I could see Croslieve near Forkhill. Looking S the coast as far as Dublin could be seen and further N a large industrial plant billowing smoke (Drogheda cement works?).

I started my descent via the established route and saw several more people coming up. As I was parked at the Windy Gap though, I instead aimed for the rectangular shaped forest, unnamed on the map, SW of the summit. This was a very interesting descent, extremely rocky and quite steep in parts - I chose to slide myself down once or twice. I wouldn't fancy ascending this way - perhaps an idea for the more adventurous! From the map I knew a track ran along the S of the forest, and I aimed to the left of it as I saw it (really the E). I walked along the forest’s edge, which was quite muddy in parts. The sun now shining, I admired the picturesque landscape: there were remains of a number of low, stone walls that were largely overgrown.

I reached the track about 161109 E and followed it past the forest, as a couple of houses appeared to my left. I passed through a gate beside a small brook and continued until the track petered out. I then turned left through a field towards the road leading back to the Windy Gap, opening and locking another gate at the road as a sign urged. I was a little wary in case this was private property so in hindsight could have aimed a little further SE of the forest, where the Táin Way would’ve led to the road.

From here it was about a mile back to the car park along the quiet road. I would definitely recommend this circular route taking in the three summits – for the variety of terrain and the fact that I only met other walkers at Foye’s summit. Linkback:
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Picture: On Slieve Foye
CaptainVertigo on Slieve Foye, 2005
by CaptainVertigo  4 Oct 2005
Yes! This is an exceptional mountain! The views in all directions are superb. Towards Newry; the south coast of the the Kingdom of Mourne; Carlingford almost directly below; Dundalk bay and the other Cooleys. A little masterpiece of binnianesque ups and downs. Linkback:
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