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Sliabh Liag Pilgrims Path - Cosán an Oilithrigh
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A captivating linear hike to one of the highest sea cliffs in Europe, Sliabh Liag, this 4km trail showcases County Donegal’s renowned seascapes in all their glory.

Taking 90 minutes to complete, follow in the footsteps of ancient pilgrims to McBric's Church and Well and onward to the plateau and cliff edges of Sliabh Liag in South West Donegal.

Cosán an Oilithrigh or Pilgrims’ Path at Sliabh Liag is a stunning linear 4km (each way) access route on to the plateau of these famed sea cliffs. The trail follows the ancient path up a U-shaped valley nestled between Leargadachtan Mountain and the sea cliffs at Shanbally, overlooking the small fishing village of Teelin.

Moderate in grade, the terrain is a mix of green road, track and rougher paths. There are a few short climbs to the plateaus, the aggregate ascent over the whole scenic route is 425m.

Expect views over multiple counties, an idyllic waterfall and some Atlantic Ocean vistas too. In the nearby villages of Teelin and Carrick, you’ll find friendly welcomes and steaming pots of tea.

Trail details
Type
linear
Grade
Moderate
Length
4km
Estimated time
1 hour 30 minutes
Why we like it
  • At 596m in height, the spectacular Sliabh Liag cliffs are three times higher than the Cliffs of Moher and are among Europe’s highest sea cliffs.
  • During the trail’s climb, walkers are treated to spectacular views over Teelin Harbour, the crashing Atlantic, Lough Agh, and the valley of Glencolmcille. 
  • From the route’s higher plateau, embrace the unfolding panoramas over seven counties, Sligo and Mayo among them.
  • Be sure to linger at the viewing area by the Pilgrim Path’s serene waterfall. 
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