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Must-See: Sliabh Liag Cliffs

The Sliabh Liag Cliffs are one of the most dramatic points along the Wild Atlantic Way and the Bluestack and Sli Colmcille hiking trail.

They are among the highest sea cliffs in Europe, rising 600m above the magnificent Atlantic Ocean, and the views over Donegal Bay are simply breathtaking.


From the cliffs viewpoint you will get some pretty awesome panoramic views but if you are feeling particularly daring, you can also reach the summit of the cliffs.

Only the most daring and experienced hikers should tackle the ‘One Man’s Pass’ however, which is exactly what it says on the tin: a very narrow path along the cliffs ridge. The summit can also be reached taking the ‘Pilgrims Path’.

The cliffs are located in an ‘Gaeltacht’ which means this is an Irish-speaking area, hence their name: you will see them referred to as Sliabh Liag which means ‘grey mountain’ or Slieve League, in English.

In addition to being one of the most scenic coastal spots in the whole of Ireland, Sliabh Liag is also a sacred mountain, rich in heritage and culture. It has been a place of pilgrimage for many centuries, for both Christian pilgrims but also for pre-Christian communities, it is believed.

There are no services such as cafes or visistor centre at the cliffs viewpoint, which helps keep the spot as wild, unpoilt and beautiful as possible. If you are cycling, we recommend you visit the Slieve Liag Cliffs Centre and cafe, located on the Bunglass/Cliffs view road. It is run by a local couple sharing their passion for the history of the region and the cliffs, and they offer local food and crafts.

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