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Donegal SW Area   SW: Slieve League Subarea
Place count in area: 24, OSI/LPS Maps: 10 
Highest place:
Slieve League, 596.4m
Maximum height for area: 596.4 metres,     Maximum prominence for area: 470 metres,

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Slieve League Mountain Sliabh Liag A name in Irish (Ir. Sliabh Liag [DUPN], 'mountain of the flagstones') Donegal County in Ulster Province, in Arderin List, Black graphitic pelitic schist Bedrock

Height: 596.4m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 10 Grid Reference: G54400 78400
Place visited by 376 members. Recently by: sliabhdunner, march-fixer, dregish, srr45, padstowe, Aneta.jablonska, glencree, nickywood, eiremountains, Leonas_Escapades, pcoleman, mdehantschutter, Hyperstorm, a3642278, derekfanning
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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.   Sliabh Liag is the highest mountain in the Donegal SW area and the 296th highest in Ireland. Sliabh Liag is the second most westerly summit in the Donegal SW area.

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Picture: The other One Man's Pass
murphysw on Slieve League, 2005
by murphysw  18 Jul 2005
This is a view of the knife edge which some regard as the real One Man's Pass. I certainly would, I've never been so nervous on a mountain! I shot this after I had completed the pass and was looking back up at it having a well deserved swig of Lucozade! Linkback:
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Picture: Cousin John on the way to Silver Strand
sharkey on Slieve League, 2009
by sharkey  4 Jul 2009
We got a load of family and friends together over the June Bank Holiday and did the walk from Sliabh a Liag to Silver Strand. Took the Pilgrims path where the road has recently been improved and parked in one of the lower car parks before we took the direct (and mighty steep) route up the shale and rock strewn incline to the One Mans Pass. Was a hot day and hard going on the way up but a nice breeze was blowing in off the Atlantic when we reached the top and sat down to take in the views of Bunglass and Donegal Bay.

There was a fair number of other climbers about but there was no overcrowding as, all fourteen of us ( and Scrappy the dog ) lined up to do the pass. It's pretty intimidating looking so it is and there are a few places where you do have to negotiate a couple of tricky parts where you actualy have to climb, but having done it before a few times I was able to encourage some of the less enthusiastic in our group to give it a go, although a couple of them did take the well-worn path that skirts the bottom of the Arete. Well, someone had to bring the dog I guess! So we'll let them away with it! Those who did tackle the pass got a great kick out of it and a great sense of achievement for their trouble.

From there we made our way over the the old monastic ruins above Lough Awe. The monks who made this remote mountain-top their home eventually left the little pier at Teelin, which you can see below, on a hide-covered boat and brought Christianity to Iceland and there is a little memorial to them at the remains of a 6th Century Church beside the fish-factory on the pier. The ruins on the mountain are not that well preserved but you can still get a real sense of what it must have looked like in its heyday. We had our lunch here and marvelled at the views. You can see 7 counties from up here. From north to south, Donegal, Derry, Tyrone, Fermanagh, Leitrim, Sligo and Mayo are all visible and it really is a sight to behold. Errigal and Muckish rise out of the Donegal hills to the north whilst the flat summit of Benbulbin and the volcanic bulk of Nephin rise out of Donegal Bay to the South. Linkback:
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Picture: One Mans Pass
One Mans Pass
by darrenf  22 Sep 2010
Having read so much about Slieve League and the infamous one mans pass, it was on top of my list on a recent trip to Donegal. We started from the carpark at Bunglass 557757 starA - for those not interested in walking a trip to the carpark alone is a must as the viewpoints offer stunning views across the cliffs and seascape.

We headed off along the gravel track which snakes up along the cliffs from the carpark. There are a number of unmissable photographic opportunties on route so do allow for plenty of stop time!! Navigation is very simple on this walk as a well maintained track, including stone paving slabs and steps, continues up along the cliffs onto an area marked as Scregeighter on sheet 10. Be prepared for more photo stops!

From here the track continues onward toward Eagles Nest and Shanbally, gradually rising the whole time. The going is quiet good at this stage with spectacular views in every direction. There has been much debate on the website as to what is the 'real' one mans pass. My own personal opinion would be that the area marked as Kerringear on sheet 10 is home to the real pass, and a knife edge arete of rock is visible at this location. Unfortunately strong winds hindered any chance I had of attempting this rock arete but there is also a track which winds around and up the right hand side of Kerringear and leads onto the small plateau in front of the church. This track is very badly eroded and very very slippy. The trail from previous walkers is an unfortunate scarr on the mountain.

Once the plateau was reached we used the cliff edge as a handrail feature to take us across to One Mans Pass. In what seemed like an act of god, whatever fog and mist was lingering across one mans pass suddenly lifted to uncover the pass in all its glory. Stunning views are on offer in every direction with the steep cliffs below the pass dropping into the sea on your left side, and the great corrie wall of Lough Agh imposing itself on your right side. It feels good to be alive. The trig pillar atop Slieve League is only a sort distance from the pass, and yes you guessed it be prepared for more photos!! We returned to the carpark by the same route. Highly recommended. The photo below shows ones mans pass as it is marked on sheet 10 (I will post seperate photo of the 'real' pass at Kerringear) with the sea cliffs in the background. The carpark at bunglass is located next to Lough O'Mulligan which is also visible in the photo. Linkback:
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The long, long way down...
by Peter Walker  12 Apr 2014
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.

Credit to Malcolm Haire who shot it. Linkback:
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Picture: Looking back at "Keeringear"
Alan Lee on Slieve League, 2007
by Alan Lee  7 May 2007
Started this walk on Fri, May 4th, 2007 from "Bunglass" car park and followed the route described by most of the MV members. What can I say that hasn't been said about this mountain, truly amazing, beautiful, breath-taking scenery. Everything went fine over first section covering "Scregeighter"," The Eagles Nest", "Shanbally". Then I came face to face with the notorious "Keeringear" knife edge, "OH MY GOD". After attempting it I bottled it and decided to take the much safer option and follow the eroded path just below the ridge (a good excuse to come back and try again another day). After that a relative stroll brings you to
"One Man's Pass" - Although this could be dangerous in bad weather, it was a beautiful sunny day and very enjoyable to pass. After this I spent quite a bit of time taking in the views around the plateaued summit, beautiful. Then I descented back down "One Man's Pass" making a big mistake by not sticking to the ridge, this was the scariest part for me - far more dangerous. After making it over the pass and thanking the Lord for sparing my mortal soul I descented down the "Pilgrims Path" passing some waterfalls. Then I reached the road turned right, walked to the next road turned right again and followed the road back around to "Bunglass" car park. A truly enjoyable walk in a glorious location, I will be back. Linkback:
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Clunarra on Slieve League, 2003
by Clunarra  30 Sep 2003
Slieve League is a beautiful climb. It is best climbed using the pilgrim's path and then returning to Bunglas along the ridge. Although the views from the pilgrims path are average the panorama which opens up on arrival at the top is magnificent. Then to add to the pleasure you still have to cross the One Man's path to the summit. And for added pleasure you have to return on One Man's Pass for your descent. The descent can be a little tricky through some of the boulder fields. Be careful on this mountain as rescues are a very regular occurrance here. Linkback:
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