Sliabh Liag, the highest sea cliffs in Europe, is one of Donegal’s best kept secrets and a destination not to be missed. Offering awe-inspiring, panoramic views, of Donegal bay and the rugged coastline, visitors can see all the way across to the beaches and mountains of Sligo.
Standing at 595 metres, almost three times higher than the cliffs of Moher, Sliabh Liag is truly a spectacular scenic spot on the Wild Atlantic Way and one that should be top of your itinerary list. The cliff face of Bunglass rises to over 600 metres above the ocean with the Giant’s Seat rocks located in the sea below. For the brave souls or more experienced walkers among you, venture past the designated viewing point with care along the One Man’s pass. This pathway, which is aptly named, loops round to onto the Pilgrims Path.
Sliabh Liag is a majestic setting and has been the place of sacred Christian pilgrimage for over 1000 years. It has markings of early Christian and cultural heritage dotted around the hill sides. Entry to Sliabh Liag is free and it is home to an abundance of wildlife and sheep herds.
There is a lot to learn about the history and legend surrounding the sea cliffs – from the monks who travelled to Iceland to the local legend of the eagle and baby. To find out more, you can drop into the Sliabh Liag visitor centre which offers a warm welcome and the chance to find out more about local people, their legends and their crafts – and also a welcome cup of tea.