Sliabh Liag cliffs are undeniably impressive, and at 601 m (1,972 ft) nearly three times taller than the better known Cliffs of Moher – a mere 214 m at their highest. Sliabh Liag is more accessible than ever before by land or by sea and is the perfect place for wildlife watching in Donegal. Words fail to capture the majesty and sheer height of the cliffs. With twirling seabirds flying overhead and nothing but crisp blue ocean before you, it feels like you’re at the very edge of the world. With a new-found sense of awe, you’re ready to get back onto your Wild Atlantic Way adventure. Sliabh Liag (Slieve League in English) is Ireland’s ultimate sea cliff experience and a signature point on the Wild Atlantic Way coastal touring route and located in the Gaeltacht region of Donegal. Sliabh Liag is a place of sacred Christian pilgrimage and a rich Irish heritage and culture.
From the designated viewing points, an astounding panorama opens up before you. The cliffs stretch towards the horizon and on a clear day you can see right across to Sligo and Leitrim and all the way to the mountains of the Mayo coast. To reach the highest point of Slieve League, you must take a narrow pathway to One Man’s Pass. Experienced walkers only should venture beyond the viewing point up onto One Man's Pass, which loops around onto the Pilgrim's Path. For a gentler route, take the pathway from Bunglas to Malinbeg.
If you go by boat, Teelin harbour provides access to the cliffs within walking distance. One can tie up at the pier at the fish processing plant, pick up a visitor mooring, or anchor in the spacious and beautiful harbour, surrounded by high hills and stunning homes. Teelin was one of the most important fishing ports in centuries past, processing even more fish than Killybegs in its day. These days Teelin harbour is enjoyed by tourists and local people who enjoy diving, kayaking, angling and other activities along the coast. It is also possible to take a Sliabh Liag Boat Trip out to see the marine life close up and the nesting sea birds on the cliff face, truly an amazing wildlife experience. Why not try a spot of angling or a swim in the sea on your boat trip? With basking sharks and dolphins known to visit these waters on a regular basis, in particular during summer, you might not be swimming alone!
You can see seals, dolphins, basking sharks and a wide variety of birdlife around Sliabh Liag. The geology of the area is famous around the world with the amazing colours of the rock formations attracting geologists to the area for decades. The plant life of the area is quite unique and varies in colour and beauty throughout the year. Due to the natural environment it is important when visiting to leave no trace, to stick to designated paths and to respect the environment. As our mission at WILDSEA Europe is to protect our natural coastline, we want visitors to do the same at Sliabh Liag in order to preserve it for years to come. This is truly and unforgettable 'wild' adventure!