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The Highest Cliffs in Ireland

Every year, millions of visitors head to Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way.  But if you thought the Cliffs of Moher were the highest and the grandest in Ireland, you would be mistaken.  The highest cliffs in Ireland are found up north in Ulster, Country Donegal at Slieve League.

What to see near Donegal

Courtesy Failte Ireland

A popular hiking trail, Slieve League is known for its stunning coastal cliffs, which offer breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape. The Slieve League Cliffs are one of the highest sea cliffs in Europe, rising over 600 meters above the Atlantic Ocean.

Visiting Slieve League has several options:  First, you can simply take in the scenery by heading to the observation point which gives you a great view of the cliffs.  For the adventurous, there is always the hike to the top which is well worth the effort.  Two paths lead to the top: (1) the Slieve League trail and (2) Pilgrims Path.  The Slieve League trail gets quite a bit of traffic and efforts are being made to give it a rest and let the environment recover.  For that reason, we recommend the Pilgrims' Path.  Be aware of the weather conditions, and plan your hike as the winds can be strong and the trails can become slippery when it rains. It is also important to stay on the designated trails and to not venture too close to the edge of the cliffs, as the drop is steep and the rocks can be unstable.

To reach Slieve League by car, follow the R263 out of Killybegs to Teelin.  There is parking a little ways up the hill (be sure to close the gate behind you) where you pick up the Pilgrims Path.  The walk is a long but steady grade which is suitable for adults of average health and condition after which there is a short climb up the steep path leading to the top.  

Not up for a hike?  Treat yourself to a scenic cruise, seeing a variety of spectacular natural wonders in a short space of time. Departures leave from Killybegs Harbour towards the impressive Slieve League cliffs. Along the way, pass by St John’s Point lighthouses, Rotten Island, Fintra Bay, and Benbulbin in Sligo. A great way to see views of natural wonders such as caves and waterfalls!

Slieve League Views
Sheep along the Pilgrim's Path
View from Pilgrim Path