Slieve Foye Woods

Location

Carlingford, Co Louth

Site Description

Slieve Foye woods lie at the bottom of Slieve Foye mountain.  Slieve Foye takes its name from the dominant summit of the Cooley mountains. According to legend, Fionn Mac Cumhaill hurled the Cloghmore (a forty ton glacial boulder perched on a projecting spur on Slievemartin) from the slopes of Slieve Foye in a running battle with a neighbouring giant in the Mourne mountains.

Carlingford lough is a fine deep water harbour and is one of the best examples of a fjord in Ireland.  Across the Lough are the spectacular Mourne mountains.

There are two car parks in the forest with picnic areas, offering panoramic views.

The tree species that can be found in the forest are Japanese larch, Monterey pine, Corsican pine, Noble fir, Grand fir, Norway spruce, Lodgepole pine, Sitka spruce and there are also pockets of Beech, Norway maple, Red oak and eucalyptus.

The forest is also home to many wild animals, rabbit, hare, badger, fox, wild mink and small mammals.  Birds include, mallard, water hen, sea gull, jay, raven and most common birds.

Slieve Foye Woods Features

Picnic Site, Walking Trails,

How do I get there?

Take the R173 north east from Carlingford towards Omeath and Newry.   After about 3.5 km the forest entrance will be on your left hand side.

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Parking

No of car spaces:10
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Contact Info

Contact name:Colm Brophy
Contact email:colm.brophy@coillte.ie