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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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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. Trackback:
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Slieve League is a beautiful climb. It is best c .. by Clunarra   (Show all for Slieve League)
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