Slieve League, County Donegal

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    Slieve League Co. Donegal
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  • Hard to tell its an 800ft sheer drop in this photo
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    Slieve League

    by Tayto Updated Nov 30, 2005

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    The highest cliffs in Europe at around 800 feet are situated at Slieve League in Co Donegal. Forget the Cliffs of Moher if you want to expereince real cliffs then come here. In fact one of the scariest drive's you can imagine is the drive from the main road to the car park at the cliffs. At points the road overlooks a sheer drop of hundreds of feet into the sea and as the road is really only built for one car when you meet on coming traffic one of you has to reverse. This is like "reverse chicken" becasue you will both be afraid to reverse with a drop of hundreds of feet waiting for you with one slip of the wheel or a gear !! You may have to reverse as much as 100 metres if you are unfortunate enough to meet and on coming car that won't or can't reverse. At one point as you near the car park the road rises steeply ahead of you over a hump in the road. At this point car is pointing skyward and you cannot see the road in front of you over the hump...this is the most scary piece. The road actually goes to your right as you come of the rise and if you keep going straight you will end up in the Atlantic a few hundred feet below....this is a first gear 5 mph manoevre. This is definitely not for the faint hearted but when you get to the car park and walk to the top of the cliffs you will be rewarded with fantastic views. The journey back to the main road is not so scary ....unless you meet an uncoming car and have to reverse ! Seriously don't let the drive put you off its worth it.

    The photo show the view looking back towrad the car park (yes that dot on the head land) from the top of the cliff walk and you can see the foam of the sea to the right 800 ft below !

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