GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Slieve Gullion Walk

1 miles (2.2 km)

This walk climbs to Slieve Gullion the highest point inCounty Armagh. It's the short route to the summit, approaching from the western side.
You can start the walk from the car park at the Slieve Gullion Viewing Platform on Longfield Road. Then follow a winding footpath east to the summit which stands at a height of 573 metres (1,880ft). At the top you can enjoy far reaching views to Antrim,Dublin BayandWicklow. There's also a small lake and two ancientburial cairns to see here.
There's also a waymarked trail from the northern side of the mountain.To extend the walk you could follow it north to visit Calliagh Berras Lough, the highest lough in Northern Ireland.
The mountain is part of the wider Ring of Gullion Ring of Gullion where there is a fantastic loop walk which runs for nearly 10 miles across the geologically fascinating heather moorland.

Postcode

BT35 9TX - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

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Slieve Gullion Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

To continue your walking around County Armagh you could head to Gosford Forest Park where there's miles of woodland trails, streams, waterfalls, ponds, grassland and a lovely arboretum to visit. There's also Peatlands Park where there's several colour coded walks taking you around the 680 acre site. The park consists of peatlands, orchards, woodland, boardwalks and two nature reserves.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Northern Ireland Walks page.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby

Photos

Road to Slieve Gullion - geograph.org.uk - 563973

Road to Slieve Gullion. If you don't wish to walk up Slieve Gullion there is a mountain road that ends quite close to the summit and offers great views. This is looking back down the road towards Dundalk Bay in the far distance (not visible).

On the upper slopes of Slieve Gullion - panoramio

On the upper slopes of Slieve Gullion

Early evening view from Slieve Gullion - panoramio

Early evening view from Slieve Gullion

Slieve Gullion, approaching the summit - geograph.org.uk - 563989

Slieve Gullion, approaching the summit. To reach the summit it is necessary to leave the road and scramble up a fairly steep path.

Slieve Gullion - summit - geograph.org.uk - 563994

The summit of Slieve Gullion is a huge burial cairn. One of the summit cairns is the highest survivingpassage gravein Ireland. On top is the trig point at 1,894ft (573m) and a range finder. On a clear day views of up to around 100 miles are possible.

Slieve Gullion, North Cairn - geograph.org.uk - 564003

Slieve Gullion, North Cairn Slieve Gullion has two cairns; the north cairn is lower in height than the southern. This is the view looking north.

Calliagh Berras Lough, Slieve Gullion - geograph.org.uk - 564001

Calliagh Berras Lough.Calliagh Berras Lough, on the northern summit of Slieve Gullion, is the highest Lough in N. Ireland at 545m above sea level. The pool is named in honour of a woman famed in local folklore for bewitching the giantFinn McCool. She tricked him into diving in to the lough, and when he surfaced his blonde hair had turned completely white. Legend has it that the same fate will befall any person who swims in the waters today.

Slieve Gullion, Western Slope - geograph.org.uk - 255264

Western Slope The photo shows the West Slope of Slieve Gullion which is in the grid square, the lowlands between Mullagbane and Lislea and in the background The Ring of Gullion

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GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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