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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 279 members. Recently by: BigFly, DelStewart, whoRya, marcw, lw24, Humpelman, jackill, Aidy, millsd1, IndyMan, pearnett, guestuser, ChrisStr3, PPruz, Krumel
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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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Climbed this mountain today, April 19th 2009. A .. by paulca   (Show all for Slieve League)
 
On Sat. May 30th 2009 my friend and I started wa .. by kevin dockery   (Show all for Slieve League)
 
Weather conditions are so perfect now for the hil .. by DonieG   (Show all for Slieve League)
 
MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Slieve League in area Donegal SW, Ireland
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   (Show all for Slieve League)
 
View As Good As It Gets .. by Aidy   (Show all for Slieve League)
 
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