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Mourne Mountains Area   N: Croob Subarea
Place count in area: 58, OSI/LPS Maps: 20, 29 
Highest place:
Slieve Donard, 849m
Maximum height for area: 849 metres,     Maximum prominence for area: 821 metres,

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Slieve Croob Mountain Sliabh Crúibe A name in Irish Ir. Sliabh Crúibe [DUPN], 'lump-mountain’ [PDT] Down County in NI and in Ulster Province, in Arderin List, Mudstone, greywacke & conglomerate Bedrock

Height: 534m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 20 Grid Reference: J31847 45378
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Longitude: -5.973396, Latitude: 54.340056 , Easting: 331847, Northing: 345378 Prominence: 439m,  Isolation: 1.1km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 731778 845378,   GPS IDs, 6 char: SlvCrb, 10 char: SlvCrob
Bedrock type: Mudstone, greywacke & conglomerate, (Deep marine turbidite sequence)

The River Lagan rises on the northern slopes of Slieve Croob. The three parishes of Magherahamlet, Kilmegan and Drumgooland converge on the summit, which has excellent panoramic views, including a particularly fine view of the northern peaks in the Mourne Mountains. Until the mid-20th century, there was a tradition of climbing the mountain on Blaeberry Sunday at the end of July or beginning of August. This is clearly a survival of a Lughnasa tradition [see MacNeill, 155-56]. The summit cairn is locally known as the Twelve Cairns, but this seems to be a relatively modern name arising from damage causing the break-up of a single cairn into several smaller heaps. The name Slieve Croob has been interpreted as ‘mountain of the hoof’ from Ir. Sliabh Crúibe [DUPN]. However, there seems to be nothing in local folklore to support this, nor in the mountain’s shape. It is likely that the second element is Brittonic in origin and is related to Welsh crwb, meaning ‘lump’ or ‘hump’. This fits better with the topography and also accords with the fact that Cratlieve, a western satellite has the same meaning, containing crot, an Irish word also meaning ‘hump’. Two townlands on the northern slopes are called Drin and Dree, probably also of Brittonic origin, cf. Welsh dring ‘ascent, slope’. Dree is of the same origin as Drin, but the different form has arisen by loss of -ng- and compensatory lengthening, cf. Belcoo < Béal Cú < Béal Cúnga. It is possible that Drin and Dree were once a single unit.   Slieve Croob is the 464th highest place in Ireland. Slieve Croob is the most northerly summit in the Mourne Mountains area.

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Picture: Slieve Croob as viewed from the trassey track (Mournes) November 2014.
What a fabulous view from the summit.
by happymourneview  5 Jan 2016
I love this mountain very much indeed. My father often took me there on bird watching missions when I was a teenager (how the years fly by) I think the army had control of the area around the summit at the time, maybe communications. ... Any hows, as a result it was some time before I was actually able to climb to the true summit. Took my motorcycle to the little car parking area and walked up the well maintained little 'track' to the radio masts. Then it is a matter of crossing over a fence and clambering up to the ancient cairn on the true summit itself. The views of 'drumlin country' and the mighty Mournes range is very captivating indeed. It would be a much better idea to hike the Dromara / Finnis village / Dree hill route. I would be unsure about parking security on the mountain car park. Always rid your vehicle of anything tempting to potential thieves. Make sure that it is immediately obvious that your car is empty. I must go up during Spring time with my camera / tripod to photograph the Mournes from the summit. Preferably during a Spring evening. Cant wait come to think of it.

Beautiful mountain and fabulous view.

p.s. I have recently hiked from Dromara village to the summit of Slieve Croob and can recommend this most sincerely. Do watch out for traffic though. A 'sidewalk' can be adhered to for some of the hike. Not entirely sure about parking security in Dromara. That said, there is a small car park. Same anywhere I guess. Enjoy! Linkback:
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Bleck Cra on Slieve Croob, 2005
by Bleck Cra  8 Feb 2005
A lifetime ago, when I was tough, bronze and witless, I cycled out from a baking Lisburn to Dromara and up to the foot of Croob. There I set the bike, tethered it to a post and made up into this final outpost of the Mournes proper. There are a couple of very good pubs and restaurants in and around Dromara - just to get things in perspective. I was in cycling shoes, so a trawl over this very damp lump, proved endless. Whether it was the way I came at it or what, it was just a task. Rows and rows of small bog-buried posts linked by crumbling rusted wire - y’know the kind you can’t get over for fear of pulling down the fence, which you do in any case, as you end up feet tangled and face-down in the sheugh. Anyway, on it went and more on it went, until a revolting transmitter edifice at the summit of a tarred road completed the pathos. I can’t recall the view, which I think might have been quite good, had I not become in such bad humour, so I just went back the way I came. I had recently bought very expensive and entirely ludicrous glasses with exchangeable lenses - which by the way, cannot be assembled in a plain living room, let alone in the hills and was wearing them, that is until I lost them: more time committed to this futile bog, searching for dear sunglasses. After twenty pointless minutes, I stamped off towards the bike and launched myself into a deathwish plummet down her tarred flanks. On touching exocet speed, a fat flying beetle lumbered into my line of fire and bounced of the specs ……. on my face. Pic is better than story. Spot Croob? Linkback:
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Picture: Mournes From Croob
andyharte on Slieve Croob, 2009
by andyharte  2 Feb 2009
rather than go up the usual boring way of the road i walked up close to a fence giving me constant views of the mournes. following no path and deliberatly going straight up any steep parts it made we feel that i had walked up a mountain rather than a road as is normal for croob. very clear air as it is so often the case in winter when it is cold so the view was more enhanced than normal. isle of man, scotland, antrim hills(still not entirely sure which ones i saw but one might have been slemish) and even the highest sperrins were just about visible with the aid of binoculors!nice effect was the fog, the pic shows a wee bit of mist but there was low fog from newry to the southwest too right across the lough neagh basin. beautiful. Linkback:
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Picture: To Newcastle
mneary34 on Slieve Croob, 2005
by mneary34  2 Oct 2005
I agree with many of the comments about the masts and antennae on the top of Slieve Croob. But mid morning when I was there with the sun over the Irish Sea and rain heading in quickly from the north it was a place of weather contrasts which I think this photo captures. Linkback:
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Picture: The young fella on the trig pillar
madfrankie on Slieve Croob, 2005
by madfrankie  9 Jul 2005
We made our way up the eastern slope from Drumkerragh Forest on a particularly muggy Sunday. Wonderful views all round, as the other contributors have mentioned.
On the way back down (same way we came up) we met a farmer who was keen to know why we had come up this particular way. It seems he has been threatened with legal action by a biker who claims to have hurt himself whilst on this farmer's land and is somewhat ambivalent towards people crossing his property (though he seemed ok with walkers). Linkback:
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Picture: The view north towards Belfast Lough
csd on Slieve Croob, 2006
by csd  23 Jul 2006
Not wanting the to take the easy option (the road to the top from the car park), I approached from the southwest. There's a gate at J 303 447 A that gives access onto the mountain. I was treated to the sight of a bird of prey hovering over the hillside, trying to spot dinner in the midst of the bog and sheep. The route to the summit is straightforward, and as other contributors have noted, the views spectacular (radio masts notwithstanding). Access note: dogs are not welcome. Linkback:
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