The Donegal Appalachian Trail Walk
From Bunglass via Slieve League to Malin Beg
A 12 Km moderate to difficult walk
Registration and bus pickup at the Heritage Centre, Ardara on Saturday August 31st at 9.00am.
Duration approximately 8 hours.
Good hiking gear, waterproof jackets, boots, packed lunch, water etc. a must.
Let us know if you intend to take part on our Facebook Event Page
Contact Kevin 087-6734875 for more information.
Slieve League Cliffs
The Slieve League (or Sliabh Liag) Cliffs are said to be the amongst the highest and finest marine cliffs in Europe. There are terrific views of the Atlantic Ocean, the Sligo Mountains and Donegal Bay, where the cliff face of Bunglas rises over 600m above the raging ocean.
Sliabh Liag was also the site of a Christian pilgrimage for more than a 1,000 years, although it is believed to have been a sacred place long before the Christians arrived.
One Man’s Pass
The famous One Man’s Pass, a narrow ridge that reaches the summit of Sliabh Liag, loops around onto the Pilgrim’s Path and is not for the faint hearted. Looking down, you will see two rocks nicknamed the ‘giant’s desk and chair’ for reasons that are immediately obvious.
Following One Man’s Path we will reach the summit of the majestic cliffs, where breathtaking ocean and mountain views await.
Malin Beg (Malainn Bhig) is a secluded bay dramatised by the surrounding high, horseshoe-shaped cliffs. The headland on the Western side of the Bay presents the remains of fortifications beyond which Rathlinn O’Birne Island is just visible.
Appalachian Trail in Donegal?
Geological evidence shows that the Appalachian Mountains, certain mountains of Western Europe, and the Anti-Atlas range in North Africa are parts of the ancient Central Pangean Mountains, made when minor supercontinents collided to form the supercontinent Pangaea more than 250 million years ago.
With the breakup of Pangaea, sections of the former range remained with the continents as they drifted to their present locations. Inspired by this evidence, efforts are being made to extend the International Appalachian Trail into Western Europe and North Africa.