Slieve League Cliffs Picture Gallery

Ascending Slieve League Cliffs By Cliff-Top Path High Above The Atlantic

Cliff path high above the Atlantic ocean

Photos of the spectacular Slieve League cliffs, Donegal Ireland

Browse and enjoy this collection of our favorite images of Europe’s highest sea cliffs.

Experiencing the Slieve League cliffs will almost certainly be one of the most exhilarating, memorable highlights of your Donegal vacation.  After visiting this magical place you'll have a story or two, and probably a few photos of your own to share with loved ones back home.

We took the following photos over several visits, and drove right to the viewing point at Bunglass each time.  You can also experience the cliffs in several other great ways, though.

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Approaching Bunglass Viewing Point

Witness magnificent Atlantic views along the uphill, winding, dramatically scenic road to the cliff-top viewing point.  You can travel this road on foot, by car (slowly) or by bike, as far as Bunglass.  From there, your journey is on foot.

Arrived At Bunglass

Your first awe-inspiring sight of the cliffs.  This is as far as you can get by car.  Parking is limited here, compared to the larger car park at the entrance gate to the cliffs.  Hold on to your hat, it can be breezy up here!

Picnic With A View

What a superb location for a picnic... weather permitting!  A few tables with benches are provided.  On a clear day you can see for miles across the Atlantic, and as far away as Croagh Patrick mountain in County Mayo.  That's more than 100 kilometers Southwest as the crow flies.

The Start Of Your Clifftop Hike

A well maintained, almost level footpath gives you a nice easy start as you set off on your hike.  Just beyond that fence is a sheer drop down to a churning Atlantic 'cauldron'.  To the right, the ground is covered in a lush carpet of heather.  Too easy you say?  Ah, but not for long!  

Surveying The Wild Atlantic Views

The cliffs stretch out in front of you for over six kilometers to the west, framed by the mighty Atlantic ocean as far as the eye can see.

The Magnificent Slieve League Cliffs

This is a haven for wildlife in the ocean, on land, and in the air.  See something in the water?  Leave us a comment and let us know what you think it might be.

The Heather

The heather in all its blooming, purple glory.  The best time of year to see it like this is in August, this photo was taken on the 8th.

Pausing To Catch A Breath

Now the fun begins!  The formerly smooth, level path yields to a steep, rugged stony, stepped shepherds trail.  More spectacular views.

Oh No! A Giant Seagull?

'Honey, I shrank the humans... squawk!  Honey?  Are you there, honey?  Squawk!'

Slieve League Sunset

And the perfect ending to a perfect day... a glorious Atlantic sunset captured from the cliff-top viewing point at Bunglass.


Something In The Water?

See another photo of these cliffs with something definitely in the water... besides the sea stacks! - let us know in that page's comments section what you think it might be.

Do You Rock Climb?

You might like these articles by Iain Miller of Unique Ascent.  There's one about Sail Rock at the Slieve League cliffs.  Sail Rock is widely regarded as having the best climb route in Ireland.

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