Slieve Foyle, Carlingford.

  • April 7, 2013 · 11:00 AM

I'm planning a trip to Carlingford next Sunday to do Slieve Foyle and part of The Tain Trail, all are welcome. This week I'll be up that way so I'll walk the rout but at first glance it doesn't seem too difficult, with regard to distance covered and difficulty I'd say it's about average for our group, maybe 14 or 15 km and a few hours, I'll update this later in the week if I'm wrong.

The rout I have in mind starts in Carlingford village, goes straight up the southern side of Slieve Foyle to the summit at 589m. From here we will walk the length of the mountain and descend the north or north east side to link up with part of The Tain Trail, this is a fairly flat forest path that will lead us back to Carlingford for a nice cuppa or a pint and some seafood.

As always bring suitable hiking boots, not runners, rain gear, warm clothes and a hat and some food and drinks.

Carlingford is about 1.5 hours from Dublin, it's very easy to find, just follow the N1 north and look out for a turn off marked Carlingford, a little past the first turn off for Dundalk, then follow the signs. We'll meet up at the tourist information office on the sea front in the village at 11 am. I hope to see a few of you there!

Andrew.

 

Update,[masked]

Ok, I was up on Slieve Foyle today to have a look at the rout. The climb from Carlingford to the summit is harder than I thought, it's very steep in places and you feel every one of the 589m by the time you reach the top. There's no obvious path so you just have to pick your way along. It took me a full hour to reach the top going along as fast as I could so expect at least an hour of hard uphill hiking at the start.

It's going to be wet under foot on Sunday, there's still a lot of snow on top of Slieve Foy but it's melting fast so it'll be wet and slippy in places. The descent, although reasonably short will be slippy and steep in places so be warned. As always on these hikes your safety is your own responsibility.

*** N.B. proper hiking boots are a must. If you have walking poles bring those too. Also bring proper rain gear, there may be some rain on Sunday, it will certainly be a bit cloudy, I hope we'll miss the rain but bring a water proof jacket and trousers just in case.***

Finally, because we have a lot of people signed up for this one, if you change your mind about coming please change your RSVP so that we know. If you change your mind on Sunday morning just send me a text or call me to let me know. Please be on tme, with such a large group it's important to be there and ready to go by 11 am so try to get there a little before then.

My number is 086 8606302. Andrew.   

 

 

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  • Miriam

    Thanks Andrew for organising a really lovely hike. The leprechaun festival was an added bonus too!

    April 9, 2013

  • Declan

    Cooley peninsula was a good choice Andrew, great way to spend a Sunday afternoon! Stephanie, sorry we lost you in Carlingford after the hike, we should have exchanged numbers.

    April 7, 2013

    • Stephanie

      No worries Declan. Next time!

      April 8, 2013

  • Ronan H.

    Thanks a million Andrew and to the group, especially with the reccie hike and planning. Really enjoyed the hike, the craic and the company.

    April 8, 2013

  • Delphine

    I had a very good time hiking up there with a great bunch of people. Stunning views from the top despite the mist covering it at times. Nice gathering at the pub for a bite to eat afterwards. Thank you Andrew and Declan for organising. We would like to see hikes organised more often :). The demand is there...

    April 8, 2013

    • Celine

      thanks a million Andrew..great day had by all! Can you do something about the restaurant decor next time :-)

      April 8, 2013

    • Delphine

      Ana, i don't have experience in the mountains in ireland or NI as i have not been hiking long enough in the country to be a guide. But to close this discussion i think you and Jb went a bit off rail and misinterpreted my suggestion/point. Anyway, it does not matter. See you at the next hike maybe. Ate logo !

      April 8, 2013

  • Judit

    Great day, really enjoyed it. Thanks for organising it Andrew!

    April 7, 2013

  • Alex

    Great crowd. Hike pitched at the right level, neither too easy nor too complicated. Thanks Andrew for organizing.

    April 7, 2013

  • Ana

    I had a great time! Beautiful place, good weather and very friendly group. Thanks for organising Andrew!

    April 7, 2013

  • Brendan

    Great Day Andrew ! Pity Miguel missed the Leprechauns in the forest, would have been a nice addition to his Video collection :-)

    April 7, 2013

  • Dana

    Absolutely loved it, especially the snow - yeah, I know, but still...beautiful. Thanks Andrew!

    April 7, 2013

  • Fran

    I'm sorry to have to cancel on this one, looking forward to meeting you all on the next one. Enjoy

    April 6, 2013

  • Fergus M.

    Was looking to this also but can't now make it

    April 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi- sorry guys - I just read the summary from Andrew - too much for two 11 year olds - I think we will head to Glendalough instead. Thanks Andrew

    April 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi - we will meet up with you at the beginning of the walk however as we have two 11yr olds with us, we may not keep pace - so you can go on without us & we may see you at lunch!

    April 6, 2013

  • Paulie

    Won't make it...have a super day

    April 6, 2013

  • Aaron

    Sorry - have to bow out of this one Andrew. Enjoy!

    April 6, 2013

  • Esteban B.

    Hi guys,
    I think I might be coming down with a flu or something. So I prefer to step down on this trip now so someone else can take my place in the car.
    Sorry guys :(, and thanks Judit and my apologies for turning down the offer.

    April 6, 2013

  • Med

    thanks for the update, much appreciated.sounds too wet, cold & slippy for me. bachata dance will win tonight:-)

    April 6, 2013

  • Colette

    hi guys, won't be able to make it tomorrow, hope ye have a great day

    April 6, 2013

  • Emma

    Just joined the club. Unfortunately won't be able to make Sundays walk but looking forward to doing a walk very soon,

    April 4, 2013

  • Andrew M.

    I was up on Slieve Folye today, check out my update to the details. Andrew.

    April 3, 2013

  • Med

    hi everyone, i would need a lift please. i live in ballinteer so can meet anyone in dublin south or city centre. t 0851420448. much appreciated.thanks

    April 3, 2013

  • Alex

    1 car 3 peeps from de nortsoide.

    April 1, 2013

    • Delphine

      Hi Alex. Perfect. See u at Donabate train station at 9.30. If any prob, 0876446647.thanks

      April 1, 2013

    • marjo r.

      Great thanks

      April 3, 2013

  • marjo r.

    Hi Dolphins
    Are there any more seats in your car? Donabate train station is good for me also. Marjo. 0876736608. 7

    April 2, 2013

    • Delphine

      Hi Marjo. I won't be driving as Alex will pick me up at Donabate train station at 9.30. I believe he still has room in his car. Please ask him.

      April 2, 2013

    • Alex

      Hi Marjo, 9.30 Donabate station OK with you too? Phone number is[masked]

      1 · April 2, 2013

  • Stephanie

    Does anyone fancy sharing the drive up and back? I live on the Northside close to the Malahide Road. Steph

    April 2, 2013

  • Deirdre Ni D.

    I'll be driving from Leixlip, leaving at 9am and can take 3 others.

    April 2, 2013

  • Sorcha

    Murphy's Law! Would love to make this but I'll be busy soaking up some sunshine in Spain this week!! Hope ye have a great time and sorry I can't make it!

    April 1, 2013

  • Esteban B.

    Hi guys, is there any places left in any car?

    March 31, 2013

    • Judit

      Can you make it down to Ranelagh/Rathmines/Rathg­ar somewhere? I could pick you up somewhere around there?

      April 1, 2013

    • Esteban B.

      It is hard for me. I'm not sure which are your travel plans. Are you crossing city center or are you taking the M50? If you are crossing center anywhere near Liffey would be fine but if you are taking the M50, I'd rather wait for you at the Red Cow luas station, if it is alright with you.

      April 1, 2013

  • Miguel

    Hi everybody, I would love to join the hike, does anybody have a free space in the car for me? I'm based in Dublin 1 but I am happy to meet somewhere else.

    April 1, 2013

    • Miguel

      We already got "tickets" for the hike!! Happy days!! Meet you all there!!!

      April 1, 2013

  • Delphine

    I might be the 1st passenger as u seem to be willing to drive..can u pick me up in donabate train station

    April 1, 2013

  • Ana

    Hi can anyway give me a lift please? I'm based in D6. Happy to contribute towards petrol. Thanks

    April 1, 2013

    • Judit

      I can go and pick you up in D6 somewhere!

      April 1, 2013

    • Ana

      That would be great Judit. Thanks! I'll send you a PM with my contact and location.

      April 1, 2013

  • Miguel

    My brother may come along if we can find two free seats with any of you, lovely driving-hikers :-) (Hey Andrew, I will update status on time if we don't find free seats) :-)

    April 1, 2013

  • Delphine

    Hi all, i am based in the north side donabate/swords area. Anyone interested in carpooling from this area ?

    April 1, 2013

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