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Pigeon Rock Mountain Mountain Droim Lao A name in Irish
(Ir. Droim Lao [PNNI], 'ridge of the calf') Down County in NI and in Ulster Province, in Arderin List, Mudstone, greywacke & conglomerate Bedrock

Height: 534m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 29 Grid Reference: J26132 25030
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Longitude: -6.06993, Latitude: 54.158818 , Easting: 326132, Northing: 325030 Prominence: 139m,  Isolation: 0.7km
ITM: 726053 825035,   GPS IDs, 6 char: PgnRck, 10 char: PgnRckMntn
Bedrock type: Mudstone, greywacke & conglomerate, (Deep marine turbidite sequence)

The Irish and English names are unrelated. Pigeon Rock is a crag overlooking the road from Kilkeel to Hilltown.   Pigeon Rock Mountain is the 460th highest place in Ireland.

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craigo on Pigeon Rock Mountain, 2004
by craigo  17 Aug 2004
Part of the birdie walk, including the Cock, the Hen and Eagle Linkback:
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Western Mournes Hike
by hbowman1  25 Sep 2011
I climbed this mountain yesterday as part of an A to B walk. Starting from Deers Meadow we followed the Mourne Wall up Pigeon. Would strongly recommend gaiters for this area in the Mournes as it is very marshy. The summit offers fine views of Spelga Dam. After a short break, we continued to follow the wall to Slievemoughanmore. For anyone who has not climbed this mountain, I would advise not to stick to the wall upon reaching the summit. The summit cairn is approx 50 metres away from the wall and offers a great 360 degree panorama. Straight ahead lies the Spelga Dam. Turning anti-clockwise, Slievenamiskan, Cock, Hen, Rocky, Tornamrock, Pierce's Castle, Eagle, Knockchree, Pigeon, Muck, Carn, Slieveloughshannagh, Meelbeg, Meelmore, Bernagh and Commedagh come into view. Further afield, Slieve Croob and Slieve Foye can be seen on a clear day. I dont think there are many mountains which boast a greater 360 viewpoint in the Mournes. After lunch, we descended towards the Windy Gap. Upon reaching this point, we traversed around Eagle mountain towards Pierce's Castle. I think this is another very fine viewpoint in the Western Mournes. We completed the walk by following the path towards Leitrim Lodge. The full walk was 8.5 kms. Linkback:
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Picture: A view of the summit cairn and the Spelga Dam reservoir
csd on Pigeon Rock Mountain, 2005
by csd  19 Jun 2005
We approached the summit from Slievenaman Rd at 271 253 A, picking up the wall which we followed to the summit after a 25 minute slog in the heat. I agree with MadFrankie -- it's a rather unremarkable summit, but on a day like today it all seemed worth it, with some lovely views over to the Spelga Dam reservoir. Linkback:
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The Birds Circuit
by colin4  4 May 2011
I spent last Friday in the Mournes hiking the "Birds" - Hen, Cock,Pigeon and Eagle. Much longer than I had anticipated and with Slievemoughanmore and Shanlieve thrown in, not to mention Castle Bog, it turned into a bit of an epic. I was surprised how tough this was in parts especially the last two climbs. Eagle was brutal and the descent of Shanlieve when exhausted very trying. However the long and picturesque trail out of the mountains back to Leitrim lodge picnic area was wonderful and a great finish to an unforgetable journey. The heat did not help but the views were magnificent. This route is listed in Paddy Dillon's Mournes Walks book as difficult - I would say this was VERY difficult but wonder what others think Linkback:
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Picture: The climb up the marshy slopes of Pigeon Rock with the lower summit of Cock Mountain visible in the
paulocon on Pigeon Rock Mountain, 2009
by paulocon  23 Jul 2009
Approached from Cock Mountain as part of our Spelga Dam circuit. The low ground between Pigeon Rock and Cock is wet and marshy although the covering of bog cotton added a certain picturesque quality to the area. As we laboured up Pigeon Rock, it became apparent that it was much less a rock, more a hellish giant lump of marshy, sticky mud that brought to mind a similarly hellish jaunt up Arderin in Offaly. We were glad to reach the broad top and guessed that the cairn that appeared to be moulded out of a corner of Batt's Wall marked the summit. The eastern side of the wall provided perfect shelter for a bit of breakfast and was obviously a popular dining area given the small scattering of rubbish strewn at the base (2nd summit in a row we'd had to do a clean up... who are these people?). From here, we had a superb view across to our next summit and our highest peak of the day Slieve Muck and as we ate, we wondered who this Batt fella was and how he must have felt rather bad when comparing his effort to the behemoth that is the Mourne Wall. Linkback:
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Picture: Pigeon Rock South Cairn
Colin Murphy on Pigeon Rock Mountain, 2008
by Colin Murphy  25 Feb 2008
There is a fairly large cairn at the north end of Pigeon Rock's indistinct summit where Batt's Wall takes a sharp turn south (see csd's pic) and a peat mound nearby at first seems to be the highest point, however a second smaller but distinct cairn also marks the summit about 400m to the south east of this beside a couple of large boggy pools. From the road this appears to be a teensy-weensy bit higher and I had a GPS reading which showed this 5m above the nearest other high point to the north, if you can believe these gadgets. To be sure, to be sure, do both... Linkback:
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