Map of Slieve League Coastal Drive Along Donegal Bay

Spectacular views and hidden gems along your way to these sea cliffs.

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Slieve League Coastal Drive Along Donegal Bay
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Moderate: 33 miles, Full day
Other Information: Family Friendly
 
Overview: Enjoy the best sights and sounds around the magnificent Donegal bay - one of the great scenic road journeys in Ireland. With Donegal Town as our base, we weave along the coast road to make our way to the wonder of nature that is the Slieve League sea cliffs walk, some 600m above the Atlantic.

This guide is one of the guides available on the 'Donegal Town App', all available for free - simply click on the link to the Donegal Town App bundle. You will then need to individually download the guides you'll wish to have on your Android or iPhone.

The Slieve League sea cliffs, along with Croaghaun down in Achill, are the two highest sea cliffs in Ireland, some three times higher than the Cliffs of Moher and with a lot less of the crowds and the hype. In short, Slieve League is possibly the best reason to come to south Donegal and will be a walk that you will savour for years to come. As such, Slieve League might eclipse other gems in the area so we hope this driving guide ensures you know of some other great places along the way. Where possible, we give you what a place's Irish name is and what it means.

Go 'in through' as the locals call it - you're 'in through' once you get beyond Killybegs and all folk west of here are known as coming from 'in through'. Now you know... Ideally, you should take a few days to do this drive properly, thus ensuring you sample the nightlife of Kilcar, the fishing of Carrick, the gardens of Salthill and the rich history of Killybegs. With attractions this good, you really don't want to rush things.

This guide is included in our comprehensive free Donegal App under the Best of Donegal Bay tour - see the link for it on the right hand column. Works on both sat navs and smart phones.

Tips: Ensure you familiarize yourself with the route beforehand. There are some breathtaking scenes along the way with plenty of stops required. Clearly, there'll be heights galore on this journey so if you have vertigo or the likes, think twice; on Slieve League itself, crossing the One Man's Pass is only for the fearless. For Slieve League, full hiking gear from rainwear to sturdy boots is required as is water, a phone and perhaps walking sticks if you can get them. If doing the walk for the first time, a knowledgeable guide is recommended to enjoy Slieve League properly.

Do not use this App while driving. The guide is offered subject to acceptance of the Licence Agreement, which is linked on the right hand column of this page. If you are downloading, we recommend the use of the EveryTrail Pro app, which allows for offline map usage of the guide.

Last updated: August 2014. Spot any typos or mistakes or got any suggestions to improve this guide? Email info@navigatour.ie

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Donegal Town
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Hall desmesne
Building
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Salthill gardens
Viewpoint
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Inver
Junction
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Dunkineely
Junction
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Castlemurray House Hotel
Hotel
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The river of beauty
Junction
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Killybegs Heritage Centre
Information
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Fintra beach
Water
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Muckross head
Viewpoint
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Kilcar
Junction
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Carrick
Information
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Nuala Star boat ride
Water
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Slieve League sea cliffs
Landmark
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