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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 295th highest in Ireland. Sliabh Liag is the second most westerly summit in the Donegal SW area.

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This is a view of the knife edge which some regar .. by murphysw   (Show all for Sliabh Liag)
We got a load of family and friends together over .. by sharkey   (Show all for Sliabh Liag) Picture about mountain Sliabh Liag in area Donegal SW, Ireland
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 A - 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   (Show all for Sliabh Liag)
Started this walk on Fri, May 4th, 2007 from "Bun .. by Alan Lee   (Show all for Sliabh Liag)
Slieve League is a beautiful climb. It is best c .. by Clunarra   (Show all for Sliabh Liag)
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