View from Slieve Foye gap
We were hoping to really dig in the garden work this weekend but once more the weather held us back. So even though it was cold we decided to do one of our favorite walks in the area – walk over the mountain which ends with well deserved hot chocolate in Dans coffee shop 🙂
I have a great sentiment towards this walk as I actually manage to do it once from the our house, telling friends who just arrived from Poland and had no clue what is where, that we can actually walk to the coffee shop…not mentioning of course that it will take us about 2h and there is a mountain in the middle 😉
But going back to the walk itself, it is definitely a popular one with number of options. We tend to leave one car in Carlingford (which is our destination) and one on the other side of Slieve Foye, at the start of the trail, which is actually part of the tain way (https://firstname.lastname@example.org,-6.230725,3a,75y,29.09h,73.09t/data=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1s794ppLPbJvnHCoVMkgHZGA!2e0)
There is number of taxi companies in Carlingford, and it won’t cost you too much if you don’t want to involve the logistic of 2 cars.
So if you start form Glenmore AC stone, the Glenmore side of the trail leads up to the Slieve Foye saddle by a lovely path (once you pass the first short part on the stones, that is). It is not buggy friendly but it gently rises so 4 year old and older can handle it easily. The views as you walk up are well worth it and the feeling of freedom is amazing. Kids are usually entertained by jumping from stone to stone and watching the sheep…:)
As you reach the top of the saddle, you are greeted with spectacular view of Carlingford Lough and the Mourne mountain.
It’s great to have a picnic there (if it’s not too windy) and enjoy the lovely view. Watch out for the horses tha might want to steal part of your lunch 😉 If you wish to enjoy an even better view of both Dundalk bay and Mourne Mountains, at this point you can turn left up the trail and climb Slieve Foye (the highest mountain in Louth). We are yet to do it with kids, maybe this year 🙂
View of Slieve Foye from the top of the gap
Also at this point you can turn right and walk up till he Meave’s Gap to see the whole of Cooley Peninsula. There is a narrow path from Meave’s gap which will bring you down onto the Rooskey road and then Carlingford.
Path from the Slieve Foye gap towards Meave’s Gap
We usually just go down the trail towards Carlingford, as at this stage we are all a bit impatient to get our hot chocolate. The trail is quite clearly marked so even if you are there for the first time you shouldn’t have a problem finding your way.
Path from the gap towards Carlingford
So whatever option you chose, make sure to take you time, take it all in and enjoy the hot chocolate! 🙂