Ascending Slieve League

Ireland has no shortage of cliffs overlooking the ocean. Some of the highest — nearly 2,000 feet above sea level — are at Slieve League, in western County Donegal.

At Slieve League
At Slieve League
At Slieve League
At Slieve League
At Slieve League

For Margaret and me, this was the last stop of a very long day. We’d packed too much in: Ardara, Glengesh Pass, Glencolmcille. And by the time we got here, the weather had taken a turn toward strong wind and spitting, stinging rain. But along with our raincoats and waterproof shoes we had a stubborn desire not to miss this place. We were pooped, and looking back on this selfie of us now I think we look pretty wrung out. But we were happy to be here.

At Slieve League

I shot both my Canon S95 and my Nikon N2000 here. Even though it was hazy cloudy, I got pretty good definition and contrast from the T-Max 400 film.

Slieve League
Slieve League

Descending and heading toward our car, we realized we’d pushed too far. We were exhausted and famished. We drove to the nearest town, Carrick, to discover the one pub was taken over by a wake. We drove on to Killybegs, another half hour along a winding road, to finally find sustenance and rest.

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6 responses to “Ascending Slieve League”

  1. hmunro Avatar

    What a beautiful — but also forbidding — place! Although you both do look pretty tuckered in that photo, at least you’re both still smiling. And what beautiful shots you got! Thank you for sharing this day with us, Jim.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Thanks! Fortunately the climb wasn’t dangerous. Just a lot of walking!

  2. Michael McNeill Avatar
    Michael McNeill

    A lovely part of the world, Jim, nicely captured. My wife and I have stayed in Killybegs more than once and there are some great walks and drives nearby. I hope you tried the seafood, once you eventually did get to eat – it’s pretty spectacular around Killybegs, which is one of the (if not the) biggest fishing ports in Ireland. Turns out that most of the catch brought in gets shipped overland to Spain and France – it appears there just isn’t a huge demand for it in Ireland.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I can’t remember what we ate in Killybegs! Hopefully it was seafood.

  3. Ron Avatar

    But, if Iirc, you can get ice cream at that little stand where the vehicles are. I visited all those places, more slowly, on my bike tour. There were times that the combo of the winds and hills made me want to find a pub. It is indeed stunning, however.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      There was a little ice cream and soda truck in the parking area. We got Diet Pepsis after we came back down. Our event that made us want to find a pub was encountering a giant RV going the other way on a 1 1/2 lane road, where on our side of the road there was a sheer dropoff six inches off the pavement. Oy.

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