You will need a head for heights to visit Slieve League; at 600 meters (2,000 feet), these are the fifth-tallest sea cliffs in Europe. What makes them so special is that they are also some of the most accessible ones. Nearly three times higher than the Cliffs of Moher in County Clare, they offer gasp-worthy views of the swirling waters of the Atlantic Ocean. On a clear day you can see as far as County Sligo or the coast of County Mayo. Only experienced walkers should tackle One Man’s Pass, a narrow trail that reaches the highest point, but there is a network of easier trails for visitors of any ability to enjoy.
Face Your Fears
At Slieve League/Sliabh Liag, these 600m (2,000ft)-high sea cliffs are among the highest in Europe. The nervewracking drive up to the carpark, with a sheer drop on one side, is enough of a challenge for most people – but it's worth it for the views from the top. Only experienced – and brave – hikers might want to venture to the summit along One Man’s Pass, with its sheer drops and narrow ledges – the reward is far-reaching views as far as the strand at Malin Beg. Or book onto a (seasonal) boat trip from Teelin to see the cliffs from the sea.
By Yvonne Gordon, AFAR Local Expert