The Story Behind The Photo: Three Counties And Carlingford Lough

This entry is part 3 of 19 in the series The Story Behind The Photo

The second photo in our series ‘The Story Behind The Photo’ comes from Colin Boyle and is titled ‘Three Counties And Carlingford Lough’.

View from Camlough Mountain, County Armagh

The photo shows the view from Camlough Mountain in County Armagh, known in local circles as Slieve Gherkin. This views offered by this fantastic little mountain were off limits to hill-walkers for nearly a quarter of a century until the British army vacated it’s summit in late 2006.

There is a tarmac road about 3/4 the way up to a picnic site, although there is a locked gate at the entrance so cars cannot enter.  From here, it is only a fifteen minute walk to where this photograph was taken.

The mountain offers stunning 360 degree panoramic views of the whole area. To the east can be seen Newry and the magnificent range of the Mournes. To the South-East are Carlingford Lough and Slieve Foye in the Cooley Mountains. To the South lie Dundalk and Dundalk Bay whilst further around to the west is the larger peak of Slieve Gullion and the beautiful Cam (Crooked) Lough below.

Colin took this image with his trusty old Sony Alpha 100. Many thanks to Colin for this wonderful image – you can see more of Colin’s photos on his Flick Page.

See for more information on Camlough Mountain.

You can see more images from the summits of Irish Mountains on our Views From The Summit article.