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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
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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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seanandbrita on Sliabh Liag, 2005
by seanandbrita  4 Feb 2005
Great climb but found it harder than the high suggests.Started from the car park to the south and made my way view the road and steps onto a well worn path.Followed this right along the edge of the seacliffs via One mans pass.(Very windy and cold-being october an all).Made the desent following the path which winds down into the valley,nice desent with good view.This path leads back to the road to the car park which is only about 5 minutes away.I will be returning to climb this one again as I was pushed for time on this climb as the days were so short and couldnt enjoy it as much. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/285/comment/1460/
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skyehigh on Sliabh Liag, 2005
by skyehigh  26 Mar 2005
Highly recommended, but do not underestimate this mountain. The walk does not follow an "obvious ridge" all the way, and in poor visibility the plateau sections can be confusing. After being enticed away from the cliff edge (which varies between an edge and a slope) by the sight of a cairn, I totally lost my sense of direction and was grateful I had brought a compass. The lower section of the route, near Bunglass, particularly attracts photographers, as the cliffs there display a variety of colours and exquisite small coves. Here is yet another photo to add to the portfolio. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/285/comment/1590/
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Picture: Keeringear seen on the approach from Bunglass
 
pdtempan on Sliabh Liag, 2005
by pdtempan  7 Nov 2005
The name na Círíní Géar (Keeringear) was collected by Dr. John O'Neill who wrote his doctoral thesis in 1973 on the place-names of Glencolumbkille parish. Círín means 'comb', 'crest' (of a bird). It can also denote the crest of a mountain or of a wave. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/285/comment/2046/
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david bourke on Sliabh Liag, 2006
by david bourke  17 Oct 2006
I climbed Slieve League earlier this year. The scenery was fantastic with clear views right accross the bay to Sligo. For me the real challenge was indeed the narrow strip of rock which in my opinion is the real one man pass. I did get accross ok on the way up but coming down is a more heart stopping experience. I reversed as in climbing down a ladder, others who were with me did the forward shuffle on their rear ends! Look out and listen also for the rare Ring Ouzel. This bird is identified by its unique "thin reedy pipping" sound and hopefully like me you will not be dissappointed. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/285/comment/2523/
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Picture: Slieve League 6" Map
 
dmcdonag on Sliabh Liag, 2007
by dmcdonag  31 May 2007
To add to the One Man's Pass debate... On the 6" maps there is the ridge leading up to the summit called "one Man's Pass". This is also marked on the Discovery series sheet 10. But to the south of the Keeringear ridge there is the One Man's Path. This is not marked on the Discovery series maps. Is this the confusion between the ridge and the rocky step?
Unfortuately I haven't climbed the mountain, but I intend to take a print out of the 6" map and verify it in the field. I've attached a copy of the 6" map indicating both the pass and the path. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/285/comment/2719/
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Picture: Looking up the rib
Peter Walker on Sliabh Liag, 2007
by Peter Walker  13 Sep 2007
My two'penneth on the Keeringear "rib of rock", for what it's worth.... one of those places where you KNOW it's technically very very easy, you KNOW you'd romp along in without a moment's thought if it were four feet off the ground, but it's a bit thought-provoking once you peer over that seaward drop.

I was alone, on a cool February day of clearing cloud and a worryingly gusty wind. I wandered up to the bottom of it, looked over the side, weighed up the pros and cons ("It's easy!" vs "It's a bit on the blowy side...."), took a few deep breaths and set off. Wasn't the sort of day for a confident "walk" up it, so I largely thrutched my way along. I must have had the blinkers on because I can't really recall anything between climbing onto the rib and standing at the top of it. Didn't look down, that's for sure..... I don't like sea cliffs ;-) A fantastic trip overall, surely the finest of its kind in these islands. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/285/comment/2826/
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