The Slieve League Cliffs Experience
Your route begins and ends at the main car park at the foot of the cliff walk. From there it is less than two kilometers to
the cliff-top viewing point at Bunglass, and the same going back.
- Tell someone where you're going, and when you'll be back
- Be prepared for weather changes
- Wear suitable footwear, layers and waterproofs
- Pack some food and water for your walk
Enter through the large farm gate, making sure you close it behind
you. Closing the gate is important to keep the resident sheep from wandering off.
The narrow road winds
along the cliff top, climbing steadily, taking in a hairpin bend or two. There
are some steep sections to this walk. But the effort is more than worth it.
Along the route you'll catch numerous panoramic views of the vast
Atlantic Ocean, shimmering all the way to the far-off horizon. The cliffs provide a dramatic rocky contrast, rewarding you with a new
scene at every turn.
Historic watchtower dwarfed by Slieve League Cliffs
- A British watchtower built c.1804 to detect French invasion during the Napoleonic wars
- The word 'Éire' ('Ireland' in Gaelige) written with stones in two locations, dating from the Second World War.
Slieve League Donegal - Bunglass Viewing Point
Finally you arrive at your cliff-top viewing point.
A sheer rocky cliff-face rises dramatically out of the relentless,
churning Atlantic ocean far below, interspersed with softer gradients.
The distinctive serrated clifftop
The Slieve League cliffs stretch off into the distance from
right in front of you, in all their rugged splendor.
Mossy greens, shades
of rust, and stony greys contrast vividly the foaming white and dark blue ocean at its craggy feet.
The serrated cliff-top skims the skyline like a gigantic upturned bread-knife, as sunlight accentuates crags and caves on its textured surface.
Two sea stacks emerge defiantly from the swirling ocean, adding more drama (see main photo).
Because of their unusual shapes, they are referred to locally as 'The
Giant's Desk and Chair'.
Near where you stand, a lush blanket of heather, interspersed with thistle and fern spreads
luxuriously in every direction, interrupted only by the steep path
leading uphill. In autumn the heather's pretty blossoms turn this
Welcome to Bunglass!
Keep an eye out for red-billed chough and soaring peregrine falcons. Seagulls circling the sea stacks far below look like tiny dots, until
they soar upwards on the exhilarating breeze.
Autumnal sunset over the Atlantic ocean, viewed from Slieve League Clffs
In The Distance
On a clear day, you can see the distant counties Mayo, Sligo and Leitrim, plus the iconic Irish mountains Croagh Patrick and Ben Bulben, across the bay.
You might catch an evening sunset, flooding sky and sea with vivid fiery hues, as it disappears beyond the horizon.