START/FINISHING POINT: Bunglass car park (grid ref. G 558757). To get
here from Donegal Town, take the N56 towards Killybegs. When you
reach Killybegs, keep on the R263 until you arrive at Carrick.
Cross the bridge, take the second left (follow the sign for Teelin/Bunglass
cliffs), and follow the road towards Teelin.
When you arrive in Teelin, turn right after you pass the post office (Gallagher`s). Continue up the road, following the sign until you come to the gate, ( close the gate after you). Keep going until you get to the carpark. If you are driving, do not be alarmed if the road disappears from your field of vision, as there are a few steep gradients and the only thing you will see is the distant horizan.
From the car park, follow the well-marked path leading towards
the first summit (Scregeighter-308metres). Keep following the
path, which changes from following the edge of the cliffs to wandering
On the path, there are a few places where extreme care must be taken. i.e. G558775 after you pass spot height 435metres. One of the paths leads you to a very narrow, steep, knife-edge with a near vertical drop on the seaward side. and very steep slopes on the inland side. However, there is a safer inland path on which you can safely by-pass these places, and rejoin the same route after a few hundred metres.
From here, continue to follow the worn path, which leads upwards towards the rock strewn plateau.
When you reach the platean, follow the line of the cliffs until you come to "ONE MAN`S PASS". Although it sounds narrow, it is wide enough, in places, for at least two people to pass by. When you cross over the "pass", follow the cliff until you come to the trig point. You are now at the summit of Slieve League (1972 feet-595mts).
If you continue along the cliff edge for approx. 100 mts, look downwards to coast line and you will see rock chimneys, reminescent of the wild west.
When you return across "ONE MAN`S PASS", you are faced with two options, return by the route you ascended, or descend the "Pilgrim`s Path" (also known as the "Old Man`s Pass").
If you choose the latter, follow the cairns which dot the plateau, and you will find the ruins of a small chapel (associated with Saints Aedh Mac Bric and Assicus). The last pilgrimage to these ruins was held in approx. 1909.
From here, start down the valley towards Teelin. Take care, as the path underfoot is sometimes rocky/slippery/waterlogged.
At the bottom of the path, you will come to a set of sheep pens. From here, follow the roadway back to your starting point, or if feeling energetic, go "cross country" until you arrive back at the carpark.
POINTS TO NOTE: IF YOU SUFFER FROM VERTIGO, OR THE DAY HAS STRONG GUSTS OF WIND BLOWING, I RECOMMEND THAT YOU STAY ON THE "PILGRIM`S PATH".
APPROX. 10 KMS
ASCENT:APPROX. 700 Mts
TIME: 4/5 Hrs