Cookies. This website uses cookies, which are small text files that the website puts on your device to facilitate operation. Cookies help us provide a better service to you. They are used to track general user traffic information and to help the website function properly.

Click to hide this notice for 30 days.
Welcome to MountainViews
If you want to use the website often please enrol (quick and free) at top right.
Zoom: ??
For more map options click on any overview map area or any detail map feature.
Find Suggested Walks
Find hill, mountain, island, coastal feature.

Recent Contributions
Get Notifications

Sron a'Choire: Viewed from Càrn Liath ascent

Bynack More, A'Choinneach and Bynack Beg

Sron a'Choire: As seen when approaching from Puist Coire Ardair

Puist Coire Ardair: Viewed from Meall Coire Choille-rais

Meall an-t-Snaim: Looking southwest along the ridge

Carrickgollogan: A hill close to my heart

Sron Coire a'Chriochairein: With Càrn Liath behind

MountainViews Gathering - 1st March

Stob Poite Coire Ardair: Viewed across Lochan a'Choire

South West Coast Path West Cornwall

Creag Meagaidh: Looking southwest towards Meg's Cairn and Lochan Uaine

West Highland Way

Conditions and Info
Use of MountainViews is governed by conditions and a privacy policy.
Read general information about the site.
Opinions in material here are not necessarily endorsed by MountainViews.
Hillwalking is a risk sport. Information in comments, walks, shared GPS tracks or about starting places may not be accurate for example as regards safety or access permission. You are responsible for your safety and your permission to walk.
See the credits and list definitions.
Video display
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,

Note: this list of places includes island features such as summits, but not islands as such.
Rating graphic.
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 391 members. Recently by: Carolineswalsh, andalucia, SeanPurcell, markwallace, Kaszmirek78, Krzysztof_K, Mario77, Lgr, maitiuocoimin, noelcurt, NualaB, Seamy13, Cecil1976, finkey86, owen
I have visited this place: NO (You need to be a logged-in member to change this.)

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 297th highest in Ireland. Sliabh Liag is the second most westerly summit in the Donegal SW area.

COMMENTS for Slieve League (Sliabh Liag) << Prev page 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Next page >>  
Follow this place's comments Picture about mountain Slieve League (<i>Sliabh Liag</i>) in area Donegal SW, Ireland
tiktiktik3 on Slieve League, 2006
by tiktiktik3  21 Nov 2006
What more points can one give for Slieve League, The route is well posted, coming from the Donegal town/Sligo area, if you take the costal road to Clencolmcille, you enjoy a great scenic ride and a bit over Killybeggs in a small village you will see a corner pub, on the wall outside a mural warns you its here you need to turn in, (Inside there's info available on routes and all things you ever want to know about Slieve League).… Further up the road You first see a hill walking sign to a path if your on foot or want to start the hike from here, If you drive past it follow the road until you will have to drive through a fence, here's also the bottom parking lot (There are 2 clean "free" toilets). From here you can walk the rest of the way to the second parking space above. We walked… Almost above, before the road bends away you pass a little lough surrounded by bog… if you walk on it be careful as the layer of bog floats on the water with no indication as how deep it is below (its like walking on a waterbed, if it weren't for the midget's you could lay yourself down and fall asleep there dreaming of days when the sidh walked the hills of Ireland). From the top parking space a rock stairway goes up and once on top of it, you need to find your own way (well it seems its so crowdie by times, in the "lower" sections, the footprints from those before you guide you through it), The climb itself seems higher because the ups and downs every time. We directed ourselves to the distinctive three points in the cliff face… Once you reached those, don't climb the third one, you can but about 4m from the top (if you come this way, there a steep narrow rock point that we found to dangerous to go over, mind you it looked possible if you keep low to my idea…, instead enjoy the view and circle around (You can see the earlier below signposted walker path coming up, if you should want to connect with that) or find your own way towards the Slieve's highest point. If you have some time left, on the way back its worth it to drive a little out of your way direction Clencolmcille/Ardara to go by Genesh Pass, once below you don't need to drive all the way to Ardara but at the signpost turn Right to direction Donegal Town/Sligo again Linkback:
Your Score: Very useful <<  >>Average Picture about mountain Slieve League (<i>Sliabh Liag</i>) in area Donegal SW, Ireland
Picture: The second best hillwalker in Ireland!
NICKY on Slieve League, 2007
by NICKY  27 Mar 2007
We climbed this natural wonder on Saturday 24th March 2007. It is without doubt the greatest piece of coastal walking in Ireland. After four hours of travelling from County Antrim through Donegal, past the Blue Stacks, Lough Finn and the wondrous Glengesh pass we turned the jaw dropping corner at the Bunglass car park. When I got my jaw back in place we started. The weather had blessed us with strong sunshine and a light breeze. It was hazy but you cant have everything! The first climb was an easy stretch. After Scregeighter and the eagles nest it is a jumble of up-and-down slopes until Keeringear. Now it got interesting. Although not the original one man's pass it is the most dangerous of the two. I am seriously petrified of these lofty places and after some coaxing from my walking partner I went up it like a mountain goat - the quicker the better! When my heartbeat was back to normal we dandered across the very easy one man's pass to the summit. What a walk! This is the place that proves Ireland is the most special country to walk in. Although not for the faint-hearted in places this is the place to be! Also I met a lovely lady from the Donegal Mountain rescue team at the top and had a chat about the mountains. She was so easy to talk to! If you are out there I hope you got your diesel spillage sorted! Finally if anybody hasn't been to this place - GO! Linkback:
Your Score: Very useful <<  >>Average
sharkey on Slieve League, 2006
by sharkey  2 May 2006
As a native of Carrick, the small village which lies in the shadow of Sliabh League, I have climbed this magnificent mountain on many occassions. However, I had never attempted "The One Mans Pass" until last weekend. Last weekend my father was visiting from the flatlands of Holland so, we decided, it was only right that we have a crack at the mountain.

We travelled up via Bunglass on the Sunday. The sun was up, the sky was blue and a light, cooling breeze was blowing from the south. Perfect conditions for climbing. So we trekked along the same pathway taken by "gerrym", who, it has to be said wrote a very nice piece about his climb. Lovely photo of Lough Augha by the way.

Anyway, the main point I wanted to make was that the photo of the one-mans pass in "murphysw " comments is not accurate. I should know, as I eventually climbed it on this trip!!! The real "One Mans Pass" is a steep spine of rock located along the ridge near the summit of the mountain. You will recognise it easily by the well-worn path that skirts around the bottom of it! I'm surprised nobody has set this straight before. Linkback:
Your Score: Very useful <<  >>Average Picture about mountain Slieve League (<i>Sliabh Liag</i>) in area Donegal SW, Ireland
skyehigh on Slieve League, 2005
by skyehigh  6 Apr 2005
This is the rocky strip mentioned by absalon. If the rock were dry, this should be an enjoyable scramble. The alternative route is a slithery path on the landward side. Linkback:
Your Score: Very useful <<  >>Average Picture about mountain Slieve League (<i>Sliabh Liag</i>) in area Donegal SW, Ireland
Picture: Are those my feet?!?!
murphysw on Slieve League, 2005
by murphysw  18 Jul 2005
Another shot of the infamous rocky rib. I hoped including my feet in the shot as I perched halfway down the rib would indicate the severity of the drops on both sides. I dont think it did, but I can assure all that the drop to the Atlantic was almost sheer, while the drop to the valley, while not sheer, was still heart in the mouth matierial! Linkback:
Your Score: Very useful <<  >>Average Picture about mountain Slieve League (<i>Sliabh Liag</i>) in area Donegal SW, Ireland
skyehigh on Slieve League, 2005
by skyehigh  6 Apr 2005
Once the height has been gained, the lofty ridge provides a spectacular walk (the Atlantic below on the left). Linkback:
Your Score: Very useful <<  >>Average
COMMENTS for Slieve League (Sliabh Liag) << Prev page 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Next page >>
(End of comment section for Slieve League (Sliabh Liag).)

OSi logo OSNI/LPS logo
Some mapping:
Open Street Map
(Various variations used.)
British summit data courtesy:
Database of British & Irish Hills
(Creative Commons Licence), a Hill-walking Website for the island of Ireland. 2400 Summiteers, 1480 Contributors, maintainer of lists: Arderins, Vandeleur-Lynams, Highest Hundred, County Highpoints etc