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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 301st highest in Ireland. Slieve Foye is the most easterly summit and also the second most southerly in the Cooley/Gullion area. Slieve Foye is the highest point in county Louth.

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Picture: Barnavave from Slieve Foye
Brandypad on Slieve Foye, 2010
by Brandypad  20 Mar 2010
It was 10.15 on Tuesday 16th March when I left the car-park at Tourist Office in Carlingford. I followed the signs from the village, westwards up the street past the butchers shop on the corner. After a steady climb (and a few stops to admire the increasingly spectacular view over the village and across Carlingford Lough) I reached the Gap where I turned left and visited Barnavave. After a break here to take on some water I headed straight in the direction of Slieve Foye which had been beckoning me seductively while I dallied on Barnavave.

When I arrived at the summit , after a brisk walk and gentle ascent , I was not disappointed. As the wind whistled around me at the trig point, I thought to myself : it doesn't get much better than this. The summit is interesting and ruggedly different to those that I'm more used to in my beloved Mournes (which I admired, with a sigh, in the distance). The views from Foye are immense; the rest of the Cooleys,Slieve Gullion, Carlingford Lough, Warrenpoint , Rostrevor etc......and of course the Mournes, which looked great from an angle I'd never seen them from before.

It must have been my lucky day. While gazing into the distance, I was joined on the summit by a young local couple with an Alsatian dog(whom I had spotted earlier near the Gap). We started to chat and in a short time I had learned about the history and folklore of the area. If my teachers at school , almost 50 years ago !, had been as enthusiastic and knowledgable as these two I may have learned more !! They even advised me on what book to buy to read up on local history etc.

We met up again just below Eagles Rock and continued along the Slieve Foye Loop. By the time we had finished chatting I realized that we were back in Carlingford ! Linkback:
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soupie01 on Slieve Foye, 2004
by soupie01  10 Apr 2004
went up last week of march 04. Parked at the car park in slieve foye forest drive, didn't follow any particular path, just wandered along the many tracks that are visible up the mountainside, very enjoyable walk, took about 3 hours up and down with 20 mins for lunch. Came back down by river that flows down the slopes, almost stright back to the car park. Linkback:
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gary on Slieve Foye, 2004
by gary  29 Dec 2004
A freezing cold December day! We descended along a less steep route around to the left, but this looks like an interested ridge to come down (or even to go up on for that matter!). Linkback:
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gary on Slieve Foye, 2004
by gary  29 Dec 2004
We parked the cars at the road intersection known as Windy Gap and headed up to ‘The Foxes Rock’ 384m and followed the ridge up to Slieve Foye 589m. We took the southerly descent from the summit avoiding some of the steeper ground to the SE. We continued up to Barnavave and then backtracked to the saddle and down the path to Carlingford village where we had parked another car.
The weather was horrendous and at the same time beautiful! The snow was coming in sideways like grit hitting your face. Underfoot was slippy in places and the high winds could easily have caused you to loose your balance. There are also quite a few nasty drops of the ridge (so stay well away).
Our group consisted of experienced hill walkers but you wouldn’t want to have been caught up there (on the day in question) with a group of children!!! It was too dangerous for that.
PHOTO: I believe this was ‘The White Bog’ which you come upon while descending from ‘The Ravens Rock’ when walking in a south-easterly direction along the ridge to Slieve Foye. It was very cold and gusty.
PS My grey hat should be lying around here somewhere :) From now on I will always pack a spare hat!!
I did say it was blowy didn’t I? Linkback:
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Picture: The King of Louth approaches the summit
murphysw on Slieve Foye, 2005
by murphysw  6 Nov 2005
I was led to believe that this mountain was a bit of a gem and wasn't disappointed! Approaching from Omeath it seems to glower over Carlingford Lough, it certainly looks higher than its 589m. Actually from a distance its rugged appearance reminded me of a giant scone(!), and after a surfeit of roundy Wicklow Hills, this was a pleasant change. We parked in the car park at J167136 A. This was quite full, being the Sunday of a bank holiday weekend, but it seemed to be only young familes out on a Sunday drive. Once on the mountain, it was all to ourselves. It was a nice challenge, quite rocky, but VERY slippy due to its wet slopes. Plenty of scrambling and use of hands required. The rocky ridge led to the summit and a series of breathtaking views. I particularly liked the south facing view as the mountain swept down to the Cooley peninsula. Kilowen point in Co. Down was a useful navigational aid on the descent as you cant see the car park until you get to the bottom. There was plenty of sliding and tripping on the descent! We got back to the car as the heavens opened. The Gods would not be so kind when I went to climb Knockmealdown a few days later! Linkback:
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Picture: Slieve Foye and Goylin Pass from Barnavave.
by pogorman  23 Aug 2010
From Carlingford car park the route to Slieve Foye is well marked. Follow the Green (Commons Loop) to its apex and instead of turning south at J17980 11185 B take the Blue walk to the next outcrop and join the Red Route at J17901 11441 C. This leads to the top of the Golyin Pass J17476 10650 D where you choose to head north to Slieve Foye, West on the Tain Trail or South to Barnavave J17737 10162 E 350m. We took the easy option this time and crossed Barnavave to loop back to Carlingford on a well marked Red trail. The entire trip was 5.8k with great views of Carlingford Lough, Cooleys and Mournes. There are some historic sites on the descent and a Dominican Priory dating back to 1305 as you enter the village. Don't pass the Food for Thought deli/ restaurant. Thanks to the tourist office for good advice. For next time can anyone advise on the descent from Eagle Rock to Forest Trail back to car park? Linkback:
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