Sliabh a'liag dominates
the lower half of the Glen river valley. Geologists tell us that the Sliabh
Liag - pronounced "Slieve League" cliff rocks were laid down on
the bottom of a long vanished ocean half a billion years ago.
During a visit to
Bunglass pronounced "Bunglas" or Carrigan Head the stresses and
strains the area has been subject to can be seen. More recent geological
events such as the ice ages of the past million years has carved out the
two corries, which hold Lough Agh and Croleavy Lough.
Sliabh Liag /Slieve
League sea cliffs are the highest cliffs in Europe at 900ft (300m). The highest
point on the Sliabh a Liag cliffs is where the Ordinance survey cement triangle
point marks it at 1,972 ft or 600 metres. If you have a good head for heights
there is an incredibly beautiful walk from Bunglas to Malinbeg near Glencolmcille.
The Sliabh Liag
/ Slieve League or Grey Mountain cliffs drop straight down to the wild
Atlantic waves below. The One Man's pass walk is not for the faint hearted
and impressive scenery right along the cliffs. To reach the starting point
for this walk, take the dramatic 6 km drive beyond Teelin to Bunglas Point
along roads with hairpin bends and steep drops to the sea. One Man's Pass
overlooks the Loughs and the steep slopes above the lake provide a unique habitat
has identified by the wildlife conservation as an area of international
scientific interest for bird and plant life.
Slieve League is often photographed from a viewpoint that can be reached by
a very narrow road called One Man's Path that departs from the village of Teelin.
Nevertheless it is better to leave the car and walk the 2-3 km to the cliffs
so as not to miss the spectacular scenery of the area.
From the viewing point there are terrific views across
Donegal Bay towards the mountains of Sligo and Mayo. To the west is the North
Atlantic Ocean as
far as the eye can see. To the North West is Rathlin O'Byrne island and Glencolmcille.
A short walk will take you to the right of the amazing cliff face of Bunglas
which rises over 306m above the ocean. Bunglas literally means end of the cliff.