The Slieve League (Grey Mountain) cliffs, situated on the West coast of Donegal, are said to be the highest and one of the finest marine cliffs in Europe with a three hundred metre drop straight down into the wild, Atlantic waves below. This creates a breathtaking but extremely scary view.
However, there is much more to see besides the cliffs. One is advised to leave one’s car and walk the 2-3 km to the cliffs
Slieve Leagueso as not to miss the exciting scenery of the area. There are terrific views of the sea and the Sligo Mountains to be seen. Donegal Bay can be clearly seen as you walk towards the terrifyingly high top of Slieve League and there is a small lake at eye level. A short walk will take you to the right of the amazing cliff face of Bunglas (which literally means end of the cliff) which rises over 306m above the raging ocean. One Man’s Path will take you to the summit of Slieve League but the climb must be approached with extreme caution as it is very dangerous.
The ruins of a church with some early Christian hermitages lie near the pass. Returning from the summit by foot, one will pass the ruin of a watchtower at the end of Carrigan Head. This watchtower was constructed to defend the north-west coast during the early 19th century when there was the threat of Napoleonic attack. Walking on the eastern side of Slieve League there is a magnificent wilderness of rocks, streams and a deep rugged valley to your left.
At the end of the walk you will be left feeling refreshed and relaxed and glad you didn’t miss the awesome cliffs of Slieve League. During our trip we walked the route, there is an option to take the car if required but you may miss out on some of the magnificent scenery & smaller details. Admission is free & by foot the journey up & down will take between 2 and 3 hours.

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