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“cheap, clean and ideal overnight stay for Hillwalkers seeing the Cliffs” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Slieve League Lodge
Ranked #1 of 5 Carrick B&B and Inns
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Dublin, Ireland
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“cheap, clean and ideal overnight stay for Hillwalkers seeing the Cliffs”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2011

My wife and I having taken up Hillwalking decided to make the trip to southwest Donegal to visit Slieve League or Sliabh Liag to have a look at the cliffs and scenery. We went up from Dublin on the Friday and left on the Tuesday and did lots of cliff walks on the Peninsula. Slieve League Cliffs themselves are awesome - they are twice the height of the Cliffs of Moher in Clare.

We stayed in Ostan Sliabh Liag or The Slieve League Bar in the Village of Carrick and everyone was very friendly and helpfull. The rooms themselves were excellent and the building itself was basic and cheap. We were on a budget so it was ideal.

Tip - Bring all weather clothes as the weather does change and rain showers drift in quickly off the Atlantic.

We enjoyed the music in the Pubs at night and the weather was generally good so we enjoyed our time over the weekend.

The only negative is don't expect too much night life as this is the west coast of Ireland and the village got noticably a bit quieter especially on the Monday evening.

All in all if you are into Hillwalking or just want to visit Slieve League or the area its a good economy break.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2010

This place may be out of the way, but is well worth the visit. First of all, it is rugged beauty at best. The windy roads to get to Slieve League were awesome to drive. Once on site, there is a gate - which we didn't realize we could open and drive through.....we opted for the 3k walk, up and over and around the curvy roads to the final scenic spot- vistas, sheep and all! Plus, it's FREE ~ unlike other spots along the East coast of Ireland.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2010

Spent the day here and was gobsmacked by the views. Walked out on a piece of land and realised that there was a huge cliff below me. Scary if you do not like heights!
High above the waves and had seagulls crying beside me, worried I was going to touch thier nests on the cliff face. Not a chance! Ran back as soon as I discovered how close I was to the huge drop.
Will have ot go back to cover the entire area as one day is not enough.

The toilet facilities at the bottom of the climb were spotless and functioning, the first time I used a portaloo type of convienience that was clean and had hand lotion/toilet rolls. Congrats to the service provider?council?

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 21, 2010

This was one of our last stops on the way back our hotel in Letterkenny after a long day of hiking and driving to several coastal sites. Slieve League is perhaps the best site we visited that day, and well worth it. I am glad we decided to go as we were considered skipping it.

We have been to the Cliffs of Moher and I'd argue this is a better experience. You start by driving up and there is eventually parking available in several different places. I had us park a bit sooner than we should have, and we had a nice walk past a lot of sheep up the cliff. The views even from halfway up are very nice, but at the top they are truly breathtaking. There is a path you can walk along, but we chose not to as it was getting dark.

Definitely a must see. It is a nice drive just to get there, too, especially through the Glengesh Pass.

1 Thank Andrew H
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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2010

Breathtaking - literally! I haven't a great head for heights and had was struck with the thought that I had to get down again after the walk up, and nearly froze to the spot. But the walk up and down were fine and my fear was unjustified. It's quite spectacular ... a sight you might more quickly associate with more exotic locations, but in the wilds of beautiful Donegal. Don't miss it.

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2009

The scenery at Slieve League is fantastic. The cliffs are easily found as they are well signposted from the village of Carrick. Some of the signs and guide books may use the Irish spelling Sliabh Liag - the pronunciation is the same. The road to the top car park has been improved since some of the earlier reviews on here. If you venture up the high path you can stop at any point for a breather and the views are just stunning - I hope you get a clear day for your visit as you will be able to see Ben Bulbin and County Sligo to the south. Out to the west there's nothing between you and America!

1 Thank treaclebob
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2009

I headed down the coast from Killybegs, following the coastal road through the towns of Kilcar & Carrick to the Teelin Pier, where I met Paddy Byrne, the captain of the Nuala Star, for a sail up the coast to see the tallest sea cliffs in Europe - the Slieve League. I first went up to the top and looked down - dramatic! - and out across the Atlantic, and then took the boat ride with Paddy on the Nuala Star and looked up. At its tallest point, the sea cliffs are over 1900 feet.

Paddy is a lifelong boatman, he takes out fishing groups and tours. On the boat with me was a lovely couple from England with her 89 year-old mother along! The sea was calm, and from time to time Paddy would stop the boat and point out the sights - the highest point, the keep built by the English in the early 19th century to look out for the French - they thought Napoleon was going to attack - Paddy kept a steady stream of conversation going, he & I talked about tourism in Ireland - I work in tourism in Hawaii. It was a lovely 2 hours at sea and great to see the Slieve League from both vantage points!

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Property: Slieve League Lodge
Address: Main Street, Carrick, Ireland
Location: Ireland > County Donegal > Carrick
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Carrick
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Slieve League Lodge is a family ran business focussing on a warm welcome, good food and regular local entertainment and traditional music. Accommodation is available on a self catering or B&B basis and is suitable for singles, couples, families and groups. Stay with us and explore one of the most scenic regions of Donegal, rich in culture and diverse landscapes of ocean, mountain, lochs and sandy beaches. The visitor could not be better situated to explore the magnificent Sliabh Liag cliffs (the highest sea cliffs in Europe) this is a must visit location not only for hill walkers, but for anyone who wants to experience the stunning, majestic and raw natural beauty that is Sliabh Liag. The surrounding area of South West Donegal is rich in folklore and archaeology and home to a long tradition of hand woven tweed and knitwear. There are many festivals held in and around the area throughout the year. So whether you like to walk, fish, swim or just relax and enjoy the stunning beauty of south West Donegal, Slieve League Lodge looks forward to affording you a warm Céad Mile Failte ... more   less 
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