One of the finest marine cliffs in Europe

At 601 metres (1,972 ft) views from the Slieve League Cliffs include Donegal Bay and surrounding counties Leitrim, Sligo and Mayo. To the west is the Atlantic Ocean, and North west is Rathlin O’Byrne Island and Glencolmcille. Nearby is Benbulben with its megalithic tombs and mythical links to Finn McCool and the Fiona of old, and Knoch na Rí at Carrowmore where one of the largest and oldest known Neolithic cemeteries in Europe lies.

From the viewing point you will see two rock formations out in the water, which look very like a large desk and chair, these are called “The Giant’s Desk and Chair”.

The area is full of history, Inishmurry – home to early Celtic Christian monks, and the port of Killala in Mayo – scene of the French landings in 1798, the remains of Ade McBric’s chapel – an early Christian monastic site, and ruins of the monks stone dwellings.

This is a sacred mountain, for over a thousand years there was a Christian pilgrimage, no doubt Slieve League was a sacred mountain before the Christians arrived here.

Please remember when visiting, not to disturb the monuments of Irish cultural heritage. There are no fences, so please respect the area. If you wish to learn more, visit the Slieve League Cliffs centre.

  • The Giants Desk and Chair at the foot of the cliffs
  • Large viewing point at the top of the cliffs
  • See across Donegal Bay to counties Leitrim, Sligo and Mayo
  • The remains of Ade mc Bric’s chapel


Useful Information

Please see website for further details on tour and trips at Slieve League. 

Café & Craft Shop on-site

Car parking available



Getting There

45 mins from Donegal Town on the N56 and R263

20 mins from Killybegs on the R263

Map Location: 54.640095, -8.682199
Contact Slieve League Cliffs

Teelin, Co. Donegal, Ireland

T: +353 (0)74 973 9077
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