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 317th 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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With seemingly the whole of the East Coast and pe .. by paulocon   (Show all for Slieve Foye)
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Fantastic wee hill for a short day. Fine views in .. by ricky k   (Show all for Slieve Foye)
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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. Trackback:
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