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Slieve League Mountain Sliabh Liag A name in Irish
(Ir. Sliabh Liag [DUPN], 'mountain of the flagstones') Donegal County In Arderin List

Height: 595m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 10 Grid Reference: G54414 78359 This summit has been logged as climbed by 238 members. Recently by: Terry-Parker, Colin Murphy, happymourneview, windy, Wilderness, eryri, MichelleMc, Derry_Danderer, Geansai, maddien12, cody1, peter1, Fergalh, melohara, madeleineblue
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Longitude: -8.706991, Latitude: 54.651294 Prominence: 470m,   Isolation: 1.9km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 554373 878352,   GPS IDs, 6 char: SlvLg, 10 char: SlvLg

The quartzite on Slieve League splits into flagstones and was used for flooring or roof tiles. The mountain is noted for its spectacular array of cliffs descending straight from the summit to the sea, and for the dramatic One Man's Pass (Casán an Aonair). This narrow arete leading to the summit is not for the faint-hearted, especially on a windy day. All the same, it is a doddle beside the route taken in the 19th century by the botanist H.C. Hart, who traversed the cliffs of Slieve League at half-height, 1,000 ft. above the sea and 1,000 ft. below the summit. The entire journey, ending at Malin Beg, took him three days. At one point he was astonished to see footprints in front of him on this precipitous route. As he rounded the next eminence, he met an old man with his son, both eating samphire flowers. The old man was in a state of consternation to see a stranger there and pleaded with him to turn back, but Hart carried on. He reported that the route is known as Thone-na-Culliagh (prob. Tóin na Caillí). Robert Lloyd Praeger was very enthusiastic about the wide range of alpine plants on the north face above Lough Agh. There was a hermitage on Slieve League connected with St. Assicus of Elphin, Co. Roscommon. The ruins are the piles of stone still to be seen just NE of the One Man's Pass.   Slieve League is the highest mountain in the Donegal SW area and the 286th highest in Ireland. Slieve League is the second most westerly summit in the Donegal SW area.

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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Slieve League in area Donegal SW, Ireland
Picture: Slieve League cliffs from Bunglas upper car park
 
Pass if you dare
Short Summary created by mcrtchly  2 Dec 2010 Due to the popularity of the cliff walk to Slieve League there are problems of path erosion and the small capacity of the car park at Bunglas. These issues have been addressed by the building of a new lower car park and the request that walkers follow the route in a clockwise circuit from the lower car park and return via the Pilgrim's Path.

The recommended route to Slieve League starts at the lower car park at G57130 75560 (Point A). From here follow the road for 1.5km to the upper car park at G55834 75690 (Point B). In winter it might be possible to park here. The path from the upper car park leads along the top of the cliffs to Cnoc Ramhar. On the next section of the route there is a sharp 100m long rock arête at G5565 77553. Some writers have called this arete the One Man's Path. The arête can be climbed but should be treated with caution in wind or wet conditions. A rope would be advisable for the inexperienced as there is 450m drop on the left. Alternatively there is a by-pass along a path to the right. The final section of the route leads via a large plateau and then to a narrow section (known as One Man's Pass) to the summit of Slieve League.

Return via the same route as far as the plateau and take the Pilgrim's Path on your left at G55293 78037 (Point C). Follow the Pilgrim's Path as it descends towards the valley passing the ruins of St. Assicus's Oratory. After crossing a bridge over a river at G57910 76856 (Point D) turn sharp right and then right again and follow the road back to the car park.
Point A: G57130 75560 Point B: G55834 75690 Point C: G55293 78037
Point D: G57910 76856

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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Slieve League in area Donegal SW, Ireland
Picture: Summit trig pillar
New Comment Deteriorating track to summit
by Colin Murphy  30 Mar 2014 Although a spectacular climb, the highest point on Slieve League is a slightly disappointing broad area from which views of the cliffs are limited. It is marked by a trig pillar. The track to the summit is becoming increasingly damaged due to overuse and really requires some attention by Donegal County Council, or whoever manages these things. In parts it is simply a quagmire of deep mud and almost impassable.
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New Comment One Man's Pass
by JonathanHession  7 Apr 2014 If you are thinking of climbing to the summit of Slieve League via One Man's Pass, and don't have a good head for heights, I would urge you to reconsider this route. I am a reasonably experienced hill walker and have climbed nearly all of Ireland's highest mountains without difficulty. However, the first time I tried to cross this pass I bottled out on account of the wind and, more importantly, the exposure. There is a very severe drop to the sea on one side and another big potential fall onto hard rock on the other side.
I did manage to cross the pass a couple of days ago with a companion who doesn't suffer from height fright and who more or less guided me towards each hand and foot hold. It was absolutely terrifying.
I'm glad that I've ticked this particular box, but I won't be doing it again.
We continued north along the coast to Malin Beg, a five hour walk in total. Absolutely stunning.
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New Comment The long, long way down...
by Peter Walker  Sat 12 Apr Just a quick comment to highlight a clip I found on YouTube depicting a 'first person' crossing of One Man's Path/Pass/That Exposed Rib At Kerringeer. I've always found that still photos didn't quite get across the true nature of the situation, and this does it admirably.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iTSTfGdl890

Credit to Malcolm Haire who shot it.
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Picture: The Arete which is generally regarded as the One Man's Pass
 
by murphysw  18 Jul 2005 On the Monday after I had climbed Lavagh More, I decided to tackle Sliabh League. The main reason for this was to experience the famous 'One Man's Pass' (more on this later!). The day was perfect for climbing, clear and not a breath in the air. I parked at Bunglass and started off. It has to be said at the outset that this is an exceptionally busy mountain. I started late in the day, and it was still as busy as the Great Sugar Loaf. It was also very walker damaged. Nonetheless, nothing can take away from the views, which are simply breathtaking. I also found it quite a slog, but then again i'm not the fittest, although the summit is quite a distance from Bunglass to be fair! The summit is unremarkable, simply an extension of the walk with a broken trig pillar. The main attractions are the Eagle's Nest and One Man's Pass. The Eagle's Nest is blatantly obvious and a spectacular sight but there seems to be a bit of ambiguity about One Man's Pass. One candidate is an arete about 300-400m long with very steep but not vertical drops on either side. Its marked by a path which has been gouged into it by wakers feet and is about 5 feet wide on average. I wouldn't try it on a windy day but its not very intimidating. The other candidate is a rib of solid rock which is situated on the ridge. I missed it on the way up because I stayed below the ridge but on the way down it presented me with the fright of my life! Its about 50 feet long and is no wider than a yard. I slid down it on my backside with my heart wedged firmly in my throat. I ran into a group of local hillwakers on the down who didn't seem to perturbed by it. Mike Harding in his 'Footloose in the West of Ireland' (London 1996) says about the pass, " A yard wide at its narrowest point and about forty foot long, I would like suckers on my feet before I crossed it on anything but the stillest day". So he seems to regard the narrow rib of rock as the pass. Joss Lynam in Best Irish Walks (Dublin 2001) notes that most maps regard the wide arete as the Pass but goes on to say that "a short rib of rock north of Crockrower can claim to be the truer 'One Man's Pass'". The O.S. on sheet 10 certainly gives the credit to the arete, as does David Herman in 'Hill Walkers Atlantic Ireland' (Dublin 1999) who calls the arete "a narrow level path with steep grassy slopes on both sides". The Lonely Planet guide to Walking in Ireland (Victoria 2003) says, "the pass is an arete about 1.5m wide, with steep but not vertiginous drops on either side. There is also a rocky knife edge on the way to the first summit from Bunglass, which could be described as a one man's pass". I would love to know which is actually regarded as the real One Man's Pass generally.
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by Clunarra  30 Sep 2003 My favourite mountain. The views are magnificent. But be careful here, mountain rescues are becoming a very regular occurrence on this one.
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