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|Elevation||534 m (1,752 ft)|
|Prominence||439 m (1,440 ft)|
|Listing||List of Marilyns in Northern Ireland|
|Translation||mountain of the hoof (Irish)|
|Location||County Down, Northern Ireland|
|Parent range||Dromara Hills|
Slieve Croob (from Irish Sliabh Crúibe, meaning 'mountain of the hoof') is the tallest of a group of peaks in the middle of County Down, Northern Ireland. These peaks lie north of the Mourne Mountains, between the village of Dromara and the town of Castlewellan. Slieve Croob has been designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is the source of the River Lagan, which starts as a spring and runs from here, through Dromara, Dromore, County Down, Lisburn and Belfast, where it enters Belfast Lough.
Folklore tells that 12 kings are buried at the hilltop and each year it is traditional to climb Slieve Croob on the first Sunday in August (known as Cairn Sunday or Blaeburry Sunday) and carry with you a stone to help bury the kings. In recent times there is traditional Irish music played at the top of the Mountain on this date.
Places of interest
- Legannany Dolmen is situated nine miles southeast of Banbridge and three miles north of Castlewellan, on the slopes of Slieve Croob near the village of Leitrim,