17km (10.5 miles)
800m (2625ft)
Height gain
Cooley Mountains
Mountain range
Nearest town

Slieve Foye and Carlingford mountain – day hike (Hard)

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This hike, beginning in a quaint seaside village, takes in the highest peak in County Louth, Slieve Foye, and offers spectacular views across Irish countryside.

About Carlingford Mountain guided day hike in Ireland

We start our hike in the lovely seaside village of Carlingford, on the southern shore of Carlingford Lough. Making our way uphill through the streets we soon reach the open hillside and head up the saddle of Barnavave, before making the steep ascent to the summit of Slieve Foye (588m), the highest point in Co. Louth. Here we get wonderful views north to Carlingford Lough and the Mournes beyond, and west, to the Cooley hills and Slieve Gullion.

We follow the rocky crest of the mountain as it rises and falls over subsidiary tops to Eagles Rock, then on to Raven’s Rock and Foxes Rock. From here we head east, traversing the mountain before dropping gradually to join the Tain Way path back into Carlingford.

Please ensure you wear good mountain footwear as this route is rocky and slippery in places. You may be turned away by the guide if you arrive in runners.

MEETING POINT Carlingford seafront public car park, 10.00 am
HIKE TIME Approx. 6 hours
TERRAIN Rocky mountain paths and steep hillside
EQUIPMENT Good waterproof boots and waterproof clothing are essential; walking trousers are advised or comfortable athletic clothing, (no jeans please); spare warm layer; hat and gloves; lunch and/or snacks; water or juice drink, (1.5 litres); small rucksack to carry it all in.
Transport is not currently available from Dublin.
Professional mountain leader with first aid certification and full insurance.
Insights into the history, flora and fauna of Carlingford mountain.
Specialist hiking clothing.
Food and drink.

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Slieve Foye and Carlingford