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    Chillin, Photography, Hiking

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Take in sweeping panormas of the highest sea cliffs in Europe. These cliffs are 3 times as tall as the Cliffs of Moher but only a fraction as busy. GPS Coordinates: N54 63.4443 W008 64.6417.

Slieve League (also: Sliabh Liag) is a mountain located in County Donegal on the Atlantic coast. Towering at an impressive 1,972 feet (609m), Slieve League is home to the highest sea cliffs in Europe. The cliffs are nowhere near as famous as the Cliffs of Moher but are over three times as tall.

Getting to Slieve League is a journey itself. You will follow a narrow road as it winds its way up the mountainside and there are a few one-lane road stretches situated on a cliff that get your adrenaline pumping and you just hope someone isn't coming down. Parking at Slieve League is also tricky. There are two car lots, one at the Slieve League Cliffs Centre about 1.5km from the main viewing area and one at the main viewing area. The main viewing area parking lot is very small and many of the spots are occupied by tour buses but if you get lucky you can park there. Otherwise you will have to backtrack to the first lot and walk the 1.5km up the road, which isn't the worst thing as there are photogenic sheep hanging out all along the road!

Once you make it to the top lot follow the trail that branches from it and begin taking in the panoramic view of the sea cliffs. There is a hiking trail called One Man's Path that will take you all the way to the highest point on Slieve League but it's not advised to hike in misty weather or when the path is muddy.

After you are done hiking make sure to stop at Ti Linn Cafe on your way out and refuel!

Note: If you don't want to drive on your own there are tours that you can take for a fee (Eg. Donegal Tours).

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  • Snacks and water
  • Shoes you don't mind getting muddy
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The cliffs of Slieve League (aka Sliabh Liag) are nothing short of one of the most incredible things I have ever seen. That might seem like a lot of hype, but weather permitting, I promise the view will not let you down. Note: If you want to go right to the Sliabh Liag viewpoint, follow the signs to the viewpoint, not the Pilgrim Path. With that said, I accidentally ended up on the Pilgrim Path and loved it! I have heard that on a clear view, you get a good view of the cliffs near the summit of Sliabh Liag. However, I think it is typical for clouds to hang around there, so when I went I did not see much. The viewpoint of Sliabh Liag was low enough to still have great views though.

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about 1 year ago

Sonja Saxe Explorer

Seattle, WA based, adventuring everywhere. I'm on an endless journey to explore and photograph the national parks' scenic backcountry!

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