Slieve League
Slieve League
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Don't miss your opportunity to visit one of Ireland's best kept secrets and a signature point on the Wild Atlantic Way. Located in south west Donegal along this magnificent costal driving route are Ireland's highest Sea Cliffs, Sliabh Liag. A visit to the cliffs and the surrounding region is a must on your Wild Atlantic Way adventure. Experience the local culture, heritage and people of Donegal against the backdrop of our spectacular and rugged coastline.
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  • Ann
    4 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great view, long walk
    Shuttle bus was not running on weekdays yet as of May 29. Need to drive 2 km to car park, and IF they have room pay your 5E to park. You can use coins or credit card but give the card a minute to process so you don't pay twice like I did. Then it is a 2 km walk mostly up hill. Very steep at first. Then you get to the lot where you can walk to top of cliff. It is beautiful on a nice day but a long walk without the shuttle.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 May 2023
  • paul-delaware
    Middletown, Delaware838 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Almost indescribable
    We would not have gone here if our travel planned hadn’t lined this up for us, but wow, am I glad we did. One day after feeling like the Giant’s Causeway will be etched in my memory bank for life, we visited Slieve League and I don’t ever want to forget it. We were booked on a tour and took a bus up the road and it was fully worth it. Our guide was a local guy, as well as a singer-songwriter, and he was utterly fantastic. Imagine checking out that spectacular view, with a rainbow, on Father’s Day, while your guide sings a folk song about his father. Made my eyes sweat a little. Just an incredible view on a beautiful day. Will be hard to top this experience.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 18 June 2023
  • tedkirby
    Lexington, Massachusetts551 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great views, and sheep
    These views were absolutely fantastic! I think they were the prettiest I saw in Ireland, I highly recommend them. Also there are tons of sheep around which makes this even better. Watch out for sheep poop though. It is a bit of a walk from the entrance to the main viewing area, but you can take a bus, or if you pay a little extra you can drive up to the top. Again the views are fantastic. Also at the top there are folks selling souvenirs, and food, including apparently lobster rolls! You can do more hiking along the cliffs, though there are signs that caution it could be dangerous. But the views from the main area are def worth to see.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 27 June 2023
  • Lissete C
    Florida Keys, Florida30 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Twice as High as the Cliffs of Moher without the Crowds!
    By Far one of my favorite cliff visits!! Did you know it's twice as high as the Cliffs of Moher and one of the highest sea cliffs in Europe? Well worth the steep hike up the mountain but for those with Asthma like myself you may wish to ask for permission to ride up to the top. I chose to hike the paved road to the viewing platform but had to make frequent stops and use my inhaler. It was definitely well worth the hike as there was an abundance of Cliff views at every turn. The cliffs were absolutely breathtaking, not as crowded or famous as the Cliffs of Moher, so we had a more intimate experience. The sheep roaming freely along the landscaping made for an even more pleasant time. I would highly recommend this if you visit the County of Donegal. The country and the people were so friendly and helpful with their recommendations of this site. We are so glad we included it on our itinerary! Absolutely loved it!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 July 2023
  • Della Thurgood
    Nottingham, United Kingdom29 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sleeve League Experience
    Although it rained for us, the sight was still breathtaking. Would have spent longer there if weather was better. We still got some amazing photos. There was a shuttle bus to take you up to.the cliffs from the visitors centre. The five star driver gave a great commentary about the history of the area with his own unique humour, which we all loved despite dripping wet from the poor conditions. Advice find a day when it's not raining.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 16 July 2023
  • aldernodules
    Coleraine, United Kingdom100 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great hike
    The road to the car park is narrow but well surfaced; the car park is well managed; the car park charges are reasonable. The walk up the cliffs is very pleasant, the paths are reasonably maintained. This is a great visit if you enjoy the outdoors and hiking, but doesn't need special clothing or footwear, just make sure you have sensible shoes and coat if rain is forecast. Healthy and fun.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 20 July 2023
  • Cathy O
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning Views
    We went here on recommendation from our hotel and so glad we did - the views were wonderful!! Given the warm weather and steepness of the steps I didn't go all the way to the top, just part way, but it was beautiful from every angle and I took the time to just sit and enjoy all around me. I am also very glad we were advised to take the shuttle bus from the Visitor Centre rather than try to drive ourselves to the car park and walk from there, much better way to go!! loved it all!!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 July 2023
  • AntoinetteVI
    Sassenheim, The Netherlands535 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing experience
    As the upper car park was full we parked in the lower car park and took the shuttle up. The bus driver explained lot’s about the area and filled the 10 minute drive bot up and down with interesting tales. The views on the top are just beautiful. The sheer beauty of the high hill with the purple flowers and overlooking both land and sea. My partner concurred part of the Pilgrims path but this only is for the very fit amongst us as parts are steep with lot’s of lose stones. All in all an amazing experience.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 July 2023
  • BaronFoer
    Jacksonville, Florida908 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Miserable weather but still worth it
    As you see from the pics the weather was miserable, drizzle and rain. Fortunately we were with a touring van and got to drive up. It is a long walk to the end, if it rains don't do it. We saw many very unhappy people walking on the rain and wind. It was well worth going even in bad weather if you can drive up or take the bus.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 August 2023
  • jane l
    Perth, Australia115 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Breathtaking-pity about parking robbery
    Stunning views! The climb up the hill took about 40 minutes and then we had just under an hour to do the climb and enjoy the vista. Felt a bit rushed because we paid 5 euros for 2 hours parking. We really needed 3 hours to properly enjoy the walk and vista but parking would’ve cost 15 euros which is daylight robbery.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 31 August 2023
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Annmarie
Arlington, VA421 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
We parked at the visitor center and took the bus up and back. The lower parking lot was completely full when we arrived on a sunny afternoon, so we were glad we went to the visitor center - and caught the bus within 5 minutes of arriving. It's beautiful up there and there are additional walks/hikes you can do if you're interested. If it's cold/windy/raining, it's still worth the bus ride up and back at the very least!
Written 8 April 2024
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Andrew D'Amato
Davenport, FL137 contributions
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Jan 2024 • Friends
I had been to Sliabh Liag some years ago as part of a trip. Here, I was able to see them again, if briefly. As I remembered it, these were some of the most beautiful views of the sea in Ireland, and even on a cloudier day, these were incredible cliffs. The view of the clouds passing onto the land was a rather interesting sight, as was the view of the ocean. Sure, it was very windy and a bit rainy that day (which accounts for the short visit), but it was worth seeing the cliffs again. I will have to visit again on a clearer day, though.
Written 25 January 2024
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Anuj_Mithani
Mumbai, India4,348 contributions
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Sept 2023 • Couples
Almost 2000 ft high, Slieve League is one of the highest sea cliffs in Europe, almost three times the height of the Cliffs of Moher. It's a dramatic sight from the viewpoint. where you can also see across Donegal Bay on a clear day. There is a paid parking lot, where you can leave your car and walk the rest of the way (though gates were open when we reached very early, so we could drive all the way to the top). It was quiet and peaceful, with just some sheep for company.
Written 14 November 2023
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Asta365
Kent, TX572 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
Fabulous site to visit, it is impossible to over exaggerate the beauty of Slieve League! I will add only a few comments. I hiked from the parking lot at the entrance. As this was an off peak period, the gatekeeper was allowing people to drive on up to the vista point. The hike to the vista point was not overly strenuous, but I like to walk and felt like I needed to “earn” my view. Once at the vista point, I hiked upward and onward for another hour. Though it was not an especially taxing hike, those going beyond the vista point should wear hiking boots or shoes to have solid purchase and ankle protection. I was on my own, so at a certain point I turned back due to very high winds, fog, and intermittent rain. Nothing I encountered would be challenging for experienced hikers or hill walkers.

Walking back down to the parking lot,I was able to spot the watch tower from the Napoleonic period, it’s tucked in below a cliff. I also spotted the stones spelling out “EIRE” that were put in place during WWII to ward off foreign military aircraft entering into Irish airspace. That said, for military history buffs, both sights are of interest and warranted follow-up reading especially about the sun-rosa agreement for the Donegal air corridor. Though a technical violation of Eire neutrality, the corridor allowed the UK to base anti-submarine aircraft on the lake near Beleek with overflight of 6 miles across Eire and then into the Atlantic for combat missions.
Written 22 October 2023
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TheFarkman
Vancouver, Canada231 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
We took the Pilgram Path to the top. We got hit with some solid rain and wind on the way up. The path gets rockier and wetter the higher you go. It is a great view when you get to the top. Very windy when we were there. Good hiking boots are advised and waterproof helps. The climb itself is more of a steady 10 to 15 degree grade, so if you are in shape, not a big deal. Lot's of rocks, running water, small loose rocks, soggy grass, so if you don't like that kind of trail then I would avoid it.
Written 21 September 2023
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Danks Knows
Shoalhaven, Australia2,240 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
Slieve League is a few kilometres from Teelin in County Donegal. You park your car, pay 5 Euros, and then walk about 3 kilometres to the Bunglass observation deck. The walk is a seal road, and tour group buses are allowed to drive up to Bunglass - others walk. The walk though is pretty good, very scenic ocean views, though it is generally uphill and it can get very windy.
For me, Slieve League is better than the Cliffs of Moher. It is less touristy and more of an adventure following the path beyond Bunglass up the side of the cliff.
Slieve League has a very rugged beauty and is well worth the trip. You need yo give yourself at least two hours at Slieve League.
Written 20 September 2023
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michael m
Achill Island, Ireland25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
An excellent tour well worth visiting the centre and taking the tour bus to the cliffs the guides on the bus transfers were informative and good fun . This tour hasn’t been going long but we certainly hope it thrives
Written 6 September 2023
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Shelley W
32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
If you are looking for stunning views and panoramic vistas, Slieve League is a must-do. We actually found these cliffs even more impressive than the Cliffs of Moher (they are apparently twice as high) and it's much less busy. Not many tourists at all, in fact. You can choose to walk up to Slieve League, but we took the shuttle. The walk is something like 45 minutes and you have to walk along roads without much in the way of shoulders!

Once you get to the viewing area, it's quite breathtaking. Soaring views of the cliffs and out over the water. Pretty purple flowers everywhere, sheep grazing nearby. Apparently dolphins and sharks sometimes come by but we didn't spot any. You can choose to climb up to the top of the peak to get a better look, a short hike that's well worth it. They also sell fresh lobster rolls here - yum!

One tip: Our GPS pointed us to the wrong place, so be careful when driving here. We ended up on a dirt road populated by sheep that was pretty much a dead end and had to turn around and find our way back.
Written 1 September 2023
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jane l
Perth, Australia115 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Stunning views! The climb up the hill took about 40 minutes and then we had just under an hour to do the climb and enjoy the vista. Felt a bit rushed because we paid 5 euros for 2 hours parking. We really needed 3 hours to properly enjoy the walk and vista but parking would’ve cost 15 euros which is daylight robbery.
Written 31 August 2023
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BaronFoer
Jacksonville, FL908 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
As you see from the pics the weather was miserable, drizzle and rain. Fortunately we were with a touring van and got to drive up. It is a long walk to the end, if it rains don't do it. We saw many very unhappy people walking on the rain and wind. It was well worth going even in bad weather if you can drive up or take the bus.
Written 24 August 2023
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