A lot of people have been asking us about a recent hike we did up in Carlingford, County Louth, so we thought we’d share a little more about it with you.
Slieve Foye, which is the highest peak in the Carlingford Mountain range (588m) is a decent hike, with a steep ascent that takes around 3 hours. It covers almost 8km… although it did take us a little longer.
To the north is County Down, the coastal town of Warrenpoint, backed by the Mourne Mountains, and to the South is County Louth, Carlingford town, backed by the Cooley Mountains. On a clear day you can see as far as the Isle of Man (not the day we headed up).
Carlingford Lough itself is a glacial fjord, which links to the nearby city of Newry. The only other fjords in Ireland are Lough Swilly, County Donegal and Killary Harbour, County Westport (where we’re heading next month.. so more on this soon).
Feeling adventurous we headed north of Dublin about 1.5 hours to Carlingford town for our early morning sunrise hike. Setting off at 4am we aimed to reach the top by 8am.
Parking in the tourist office carpark, we walked through the little town following the Tain way track until we reached the base of the mountain. We passed plenty of small streams, some uneven ground, and lots of mud… so do bring waterproof walking boots, and a head torch if you’re planning an early morning excursion.
The views looking back down are stunning. Unspoilt, rugged landscape, with panoramic views of the Mourne mountains and lake. It was at this point that a heavy mist set in, you do have to be cautious has it can come in fast. We continued to the ridge, where a snow blizzard hit hard. We waited then made our decent down slowly.
The descent back down, between Slieve Foye and Eagle Rock was tricky enough, with the lack of a clear path. However, as we made our way down the skies turned blue, and it became more of a leisurely stroll.
Afterwards we popped into a local coffee shop called Liberty Cafe, bacon sambos and tea on the menu. Happy out we sat and laughed at the adventure we’d just had, the adventures yet to come.
List of essentials for this hike: Compass (53 Degree North), Hiking boots, water bottle, head torch. Maps:
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