Slieve League

County Donegal, Ireland

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About Slieve League

Slieve League, otherwise known as Sliabh Liag in Gaelic, is a mountain on the south west coast of County Donegal in Republic of Ireland. It is 601 m (~1,972 ft) and is known for having some of the highest and best marine cliffs in the country.


The cliffs are considered to be off the beaten track, but well worth a visit. On the approach, the first car park offers access to the Coastal Trail and the Sleive League Walk. At the second car park, at Bunglass, there is a walkway with steps and handrails leading to a track to the summit. Whilst not technically difficult, the final climb includes One Man’s Pass, a narrow, sharp path only one meter wide with dizzying drops to either side.

Whether you make it to the summit or not, visitors can enjoy the scenic views towards the Atlantic Ocean, the Sligo Mountains and Donegal Bay. There is a cultural centre which runs three day local archaeology, heritage and cultural courses and one-day hillwalking, hiking and nature days to learn more about the area.

At the top of the cliffs there is an early Christian Monastic site with the remains of a chapel and the ruins of the monk’s quarters, known as beehive huts. Slieve League was a place of pilgrimage for the Christians for a thousand years.

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County Donegal, Ireland
Latitude: 54.636753, Longitude: -8.681477