SLIABH LIAG ~ Slieve League

Sliabh Liag (Slieve Leage), the highest accessible seacliffs in Europe reaching a height of 1,972 feet/601 meters, is almost twice as high as the Eiffel Tower in Paris and nearly three times the height of the more famous Cliffs of Moher in County Clare.

It is often reported that Sliabh Liag are the highest sea cliffs in Europe but this is a fallacy. They are actually the fifth highest in Europe after: Cape Enniberg, The Faroe Islands 754m; Croaghun, Achill Island, County Mayo, Ireland 688m; Vixia Herbeira, Spain 621m and Preikestolen, Norway 604m, and second highest in Ireland and Britain.

The most important difference however is that Sliabh Liag is easily accessible whereas some of the others are either inaccessible or only accessible by trained hikers or mountain climbers.

It is now possible to drive almost to the very highest point as much work has been carried out at the cliffs in recent years. At the top there is now a carpark and a large viewing platform. There are also benches to sit and enjoy the views and picnic tables to perhaps enjoy a picnic whilst taking in the scenery.

From the top you can look out across Donegal Bay all the way to County Sligo and beyond. There are a number of lakes on the way to the sumit, and at the base there is a small beach of pure white sand. The beach is only approachable by boat. To the right hand side of the beach there is a fairly large cave where seals sometimes take time out of the water to shade themselves at the edge of the cave or sun themselves on the beach.