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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, Black graphitic pelitic schist Bedrock

Height: 596.4m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 10 Grid Reference: G54400 78400 This place has been logged as visited by 292 members. Recently by: wicklore, pwbellarby, conormcbandon, magicstep, tonimiddleton, StephenH16, 40Shades, shaunkelly, scottwalker, johncromie, Pinger, mgtrose, IainT, BigFly, DelStewart
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Longitude: -8.707214, Latitude: 54.651661 , Easting: 154400, Northing: 378400 Prominence: 470m,  Isolation: 0.8km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 554359 878393,   GPS IDs, 6 char: SlvLg, 10 char: SlvLg
Bedrock type: Black graphitic pelitic schist, (Glencolumbkille Pelite Formation)

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 296th highest in Ireland. Slieve League is the second most westerly summit in the Donegal SW area.

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paulca on Slieve League, 2009
by paulca  19 Apr 2009
Climbed this mountain today, April 19th 2009. A fine spring day, warm, cloudless with a brisk southerly breeze on the exposed ridge areas that made it a little nippy to stop for long. The views are spectacular! Started and returned to Bunglass carpark.
For me, I hold a certain degree of vertigo, and while the One Man's Pass wasn't really any more scary than, say, Erigal's ridge, the ricky spine on Keeringear was for me a no go. It does bug me, I _know_ I _could_ do it easily, I've climbed far worse, but with that sheer intimidating drop I believe I could have frozen solid half way up it and been in real problems. It is certainly NOT a pass to or from anywhere, so it's can't be One Man's Pass.
The much more timid One Man's Pass is easy, but be wary on the way back as tending away from skylining it can slowly lead you closer and closer to less sure footing and a nasty slope on the landside, so do stay up on the crest if you can.
The path on the way back to Bunglass carpark is often illusive in the mid distance until you are on top of it and when romping along chating do pay attention where you are going as I nearly romped up to the edge of a cliff like a lemming. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/285/comment/3732/
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kevin dockery on Slieve League, 2009
by kevin dockery  1 Jun 2009
On Sat. May 30th 2009 my friend and I started walk from Teelin village. Followed the tarred minor road which leads most of the way up to Croleavy Lough.I think this is known as the pilgrim route. A rough track leads uphill from the road and past the lake.The views even at this stage are spectacular with great views of Teelin Bay and the distant Sligo / Mayo mtns. After a 2.6 mile walk we reached the eastern shoulder of Keeringear. There are numerous cairns here which overlook Lough Agh. From here its a mile walk to the summit of Slieve League via a narrow ridge.This ridge is frequently referred to as One Man's Pass which is approx 400metres in length. I'd heard horror stories about it in the the past regarding its dangers, but we had no difficulty with it. The coastal views on such a fabulous sunny and warm day were breath-taking.The cliffs stretching from the summit to Bunglass are truly awsome. Returned to Bunglass carpark (2.9miles distance) via the tourist route which is very eroded in places.Approx. 1 mile from the the summit we encountered a steep rocky 50 feet narrow ridge which was quite daunting but we both managed to crawl/walk it. It was no wider than the top of the Mourne wall - approx. 2 ft. A slip here would ensure a fast 1800ft. descent into the ocean below. Perhaps this is the real One Man's Pass. On arriving at Bunglass we made a 1mile detour to see the signal tower at Carrigan Head. It was built bet. 1804 and 1806 during the Napoleonic Wars and was manned until his defeat in Waterloo in1815. It's still in remarkably good shape after over 200 years. We returned to the road and walked the 2.5 mls. back to Teelin. The approx.10 mls. walk was completed in 6hrs. The outstanding views ensured a slow walk. This has to be one of the most scenic walks in Ireland. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/285/comment/3797/
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DonieG on Slieve League, 2010
by DonieG  5 Mar 2010
Weather conditions are so perfect now for the hills I decided to take a day off work and head to Donegal to tackle Slieve League and especially see if I had the nerves for the "One Man's Pass" so highly commented on in Mountain Views. Arrived at Bunglass car park at 11am, surprised to discover no other walkers on this most beautifull day. A notice advises that ongoing maintainence work is in progress and asks walkers to use the Pilgrim Path if possible - well having driven three hours to reach here I was not going to miss out on the clifftop walk so took my courage in my hands and headed off. There is a lot of erosion on the route in boggy/heathery areas, however the views as outlined by other contributers did not dissapoint. I found it tough going not having hill- walked over the winter. On arrival at One Man's pass I did not wait around or look at it too long, having read other contributers musings I just scrambled over, the fact that I had a heavey rucksack on board that slipped to one side midway over caused the old sphincter muscle to contract and I was glad to see the other side and terra firma or better still "terra more" to stand on at least. Onwards with renewed vigour and took in all the views out towards Raithlin O Beirne on one side and the Bluestacks on the other. Was disgusted to come upon some Graffiti sprayed on a rock by some mindless idiot (see photo). By all means Carl show your love for Breege, you don't have to deface a beautifull area to proove it !!!!. Had to march over some residual snow before reaching the broken Trig point .
I returned to the car park via the 'Pilgrim Path' which is well marked and involves a few miles of wretched road walking which plays hell with my aging knees. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/285/comment/4471/
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Picture: Slieve League from the north
An alternative route to the summit
by scapania  21 Jun 2010
I noticed that in 5 pages of comments, all of them suggest climbing Slieve League by the same route, from Bunglass, so I thought I'd suggest an alternative route to the summit, from the north. While the route up from Bunglass has its obvious attractions, the path is very badly eroded from overuse and the alternative suggested by the local authorities, The Pilgrim's Path, is not the most exciting route.

To access the north side of the mountain, turn south off the Carrick to Malin More road just over a kilometre after it leaves the R263, along a narrow road across the bog. Park at G5484 8023 A, beside a bridge, where a track heads south into forestry. Follow this track through the forest, head right at an old ruined house and out onto the open mountainside. From here you can either head straight up the north ridge to the summit, or climb gently across the boggy hillside and around to lovely L. Agh, and up the corrie to the south of the lake. The headwall of the corrie is very steep, so you're best off heading up to the right from here, rather than heading directly to the summit.

To make a circuit out of the walk, head across the 'One Man's Pass' from the summit and turn north past the ruins of the ancient hermitage along the broad, almost vegetation-free north-eastern ridge. Be sure to stick close to the northern edge of the ridge for the views down to L. Agh. Follow the ridge to about G5622 7842 B, from where you can descend steeply to a broad shoulder at about 350m. From here, head west down across boggy ground, over the stream coming out of L. Agh, and back to the starting point. Maybe not the most spectacular route up, but it avoids the crowds and lets you see a different part of the mountain. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/285/comment/5895/
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Real One Mans Pass at Kerringear
by darrenf  22 Sep 2010
As mentioned in recent post in my own opinion this is the 'real' one mans pass at Kerringear, which unfortunately for me was impassable due to strong winds on my visit. Another reason to visit again I guess, along with the breath taking scenery along these seacliffs Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/285/comment/6104/
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Picture: One of the views along the walk
View As Good As It Gets
by Aidy  26 Jun 2016
Not much to add to the comments on this amazing mountain, except to say that One Man's Pass was a dawdle really, (unlike the lower, terrifying One Man's Path). Just want to share the views really. There were loads of visitors, and I heard a passing American tell his friends that he had been on trips to many of the world's famous scenic places but nothing topped Slieve League. I found it easy to believe him. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/285/comment/18587/
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