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Mourne Mountains Area   Slieve Croob Subarea
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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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Telecoms towers and hidden wildness. .. by group   (Show all for Slieve Croob)
Easy walk .. by Carolyn105   (Show all for Slieve Croob)
'A' road to a view .. by chrizoneill   (Show all for Slieve Croob)
Definitely one of the best 360deg views anywhere .. by tsunami   (Show all for Slieve Croob) Picture about mountain Slieve Croob in area Mourne Mountains, Ireland
Picture: Sleive Croob from Cratlieve
Viewpoint central!
by gerrym  30 Aug 2010
Started this walk at Drumkerragh Forest (330460 C) which has ample parking. Walk back onto road and turn right past a white washed cottage, at the next abandoned building go through the gate , past sheep pens onto the hillside.

There was a cold north wind blowing and as height was gained the visibility was excellent to the east over the lowlands to the sea and a sharply defined Isle of Man. The ground was frozen but should be easy in any weather as is heavily grazed by the sheep. Contouring towards the north as climb a fence is picked up which leads to the summit. There is a series of short steep climbs to the summit and there was a dusting of snow on the ground out of the reach of the suns rays.The ground changes here to mature heather. The communications masts soon peak thier heads up and they are reached in a fairly easy 30 minutes.

There are impressive views to the North, as far as Agnews Hill on the Antrim plateau beyond the Belfast Hills and across Lough Neagh to the distinctive shape of Slieve Gallion and the Sperrins. Move past the masts and a short further climb brigs you to the trig point and cairn shelters.It is also where the panorama of the Mournes is fully laid out . It is no exaggeration to say that I could spend all day up here taking in this view and I could perhaps be persuaded that the view from atop the Sperrins is not he best in the north.

Follow the fence down SW through an area of rocks (great spot for lunch with that view) and to the col with Slievenisky which is pretty wet. There is a gradual climb to the top of Slievenisky (446m) with continuing views out to sea. From the top there are 2 ridges either side of a river valley, follow the longer one to the left as drops crossing an old stone wall and rises again. The ridge narrows at its end giving more fantastic views of the Mournes before dropping down, keep left and drop steeply past an abandoned cottage and through a green field to the road. Turn left along the road, turn left again and left again, past shop and red telephone box and back to the carpark at Drumkerragh Forest. A walk of under three hours in total, taking in the length of the mountain ridge and a half hour walk back along quite roads. There were a few people about the summit who seemed to be coming up the road but no one further along the ridge.

Also climbed from busy amenity area on west side initially using the access road and then the quieter fencline to summit in half an hour. Also a good starting point to climb neighbouring Cratlieve. Linkback:
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Yes there is a tarmac road to the top but you can .. by Harry Goodman   (Show all for Slieve Croob)
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