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Slieve Croob County Down.

Slieve Croob.

Sliabh Crub
(Mountain of the Hoof.)

Slieve Croob is the highest of the Dromara hills South west of Ballynahinch, it is said to be crowned by twelve cairns, although only one, directly on the summit can be easily found. There are also a plethora of British Telecom communication towers. During the construction of these towers by British Telecon the substantial remains of one of the cairns was destroted. (Read Samuel Lewis' discription of the cairns 1837)The mountain rises to a height of 534 meters (1751 ft) from its summit there are commanding views of the the surrounding countryside, the full extent of the Mourne mountains can be appreciated from here. On a clear day Lough Neagh, with the Sperrin mountains beyond in Co Tyrone can be seen, as too can the Cave Hill north of Belfast, the Isle of Mann and the Cumbrian mountains in England.

Traditionally the locals would gather here at the feast of Lughnasa, in honour of the Celtic sun god Lugh this was traditionally held on Blaeberry Sunday, the first Sunday in August, the tradition was carried on into the 1950's. On the way to the summit people would gather baskets of bilberries (blaeberries), the afternoon would consist of music, dancing and courtship.

There is a car park at the foot of the mountain and from there a tarmac track to the summit, dogs are not permitted on the mountain. The source of the river Lagan is located on the north face of the mountain.

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Images from Slieve Croob.