Slieve League 596.4m mountain, Donegal SW Ireland at
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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
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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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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) Picture about mountain Slieve League in area Donegal SW, Ireland
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gerrym on Slieve League, 2007
by gerrym  8 Sep 2007
The approach to Slieve League is quite an experience before even start walking, the road twists and turns, with big unprotected drops down into the Atlantic below. The carpark (557757 E) gives a fantastic vista of the steep high sea cliffs and the walk to come, with great views out over Donegal Bay.
There is a good path from the carpark and its informative information board, along stone steps and easy grass - this soon changes though and the track becomes quite heavily eroded through areas of peat and rock (a testament to the heavy traffic the hill no doubt attracts). There are breath taking views along the lenghth of the sea cliffs to Rathlin O Birne island. Soon come to a series of little jagged tops which contain the rib of rock already mentioned in other comments - I climbed up to its start but the steady breeze told me it was not a good idea to attempt and the easier track below won out. Ever higher vantage points have the hand reaching for the camera - be prepared for numerous stops to take pictures. After 1 hr 10 minutes i reached a large cairn and a level area at the summit. Continue along the cliff edge - looking back over the cliffs to the now distant carpark. There are cracking views to the Sligo Hills, along the Ox mtns to Nephin and then Corribinnia and Glencar in the Nephin Begs and to lands end at Belmullet. There are also good views N to the Derryveaghs and the Bluestacks.
There are a number of cairns as travel easily along the cliff top before drop down and cross One Mans Pass - the narrow ridge leading to the true summit area - not really anything too worry about unless the wind was howling. The summit area has a "sawn off" trig pillar and a couple of small cairns, with views over to Leahan Mtn (427 m), Rathlin O Birne island with its lighthouse and N to the signal tower and the jagged top of Sturral Head further around this magnificent coastline. The E breeze was whipping down the cliffs and creating spreading patterns on the ocean below - a solitary fishing boat the only other disturbance.
Return back along One Mans Pass to the first large cairn encountered on the climb, i noticed a perfect little igloo shelter built here. Take the E running spur above Lough Agh. there appears to have been some sort of competition here as i counted over 20 sizeable cairns. The going is very good on grass and small stones, with great views down over Lough Agh and across to the slopes which end abruptly at the huge sea cliffs. After reaching a cairn there is a drop down and a small rise to the top of Lergadaghtan Mtn (5666784 F) - from here it is a steep drop down towards sheep pens and the Old Mans track. Follow the track to the road and turn L uphill, this joins the road to Bunglass, turn R and are back at the carpark after 50 minutes of road walking. Absolutely fantastic days walking and as was during the week there were only a few cars in the carpark. It is worthwhile heading down to the signal tower at 563748 G. Trackback:
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