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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 summit has been logged as climbed by 280 members. Recently by: IainT, BigFly, DelStewart, whoRya, marcw, lw24, Humpelman, jackill, Aidy, millsd1, IndyMan, pearnett, guestuser, ChrisStr3, PPruz
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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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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 A. From here follow the road for 1.5km to the upper car park at G55834 75690 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 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 D turn sharp right and then right again and follow the road back to the car park. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/285/comment/5045/
One Man’s Pass or Casán an Aonair in Irish is the .. by pdtempan   (Show all for Slieve League)
On the Monday after I had climbed Lavagh More, I .. by murphysw   (Show all for Slieve League)
The approach to Slieve League is quite an experie .. by gerrym   (Show all for Slieve League)
My favourite mountain. The views are magnificent .. by Clunarra   (Show all for Slieve League)
The long, long way down... .. by Peter Walker   (Show all for Slieve League)
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