Slieve League | County Donegal, Ireland

Slieve League, or Sliabh Liag in Gaelic, are the highest reachable sea cliffs in Europe.  They are located on the Wild Atlantic Way scenic driving route.  These cliffs seem to be a well-kept secret.  There were only a few people there when we arrived, and one tour bus arrived as we were leaving.  They are very beautiful and worth seeing if you’re in the area.  My suggestion would be to see these cliffs before the Cliffs of Moher, if both are on your itinerary.

When you arrive, you will enter a parking lot.  There are restrooms available in this area.  You can choose to park and walk up the winding road to the cliffs, or you can drive directly to the viewing point.  If you are going to drive up, make sure to close the gate behind your vehicle.

I recommend walking up, as this adds to the experience and allows you to stop along the way for photos and to take in the surroundings (it took us about 45 minutes to walk from the parking lot).  However, if you are short on time or have limited mobility, the ability to drive up is great!  The drive up does not seem as treacherous as we thought it might be.  The road was nicely paved and wide enough for two cars (even though they would need to slow down to ensure safe passage).  There are steep areas that some cars might have some difficulty with.  If you choose to drive up, go very slowly and keep your eyes on the road.  Be on the lookout for people walking, other vehicles, and sheep.

Be prepared with appropriate shoes, if you’re going to walk, and for rain and a lot of wind.  It rained the entire time we were there.  Luckily, we had water resistant coats and waterproof shoes.  Having ponchos would have been better to fully shield us from the rain.  Umbrellas were useless with all the wind.

Beyond the viewing area is One Man’s Pass, a path to the highest point of the cliffs.  I cannot comment on this as we did not attempt the walk due to all the rain and limited visibility.  However, some of the information I read did say that only experienced hikers should attempt this path.  In my opinion, the sights from the viewing area are spectacular enough.

My advice, based on my experience at the Cliffs of Moher, is if you arrive and it is overcast or foggy, give it some time to clear.  You will be rewarded for your patience and treated to a beautiful view of what is hiding behind the fog.

~Rachel

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