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The Sliabh Liag Peninsula

Moderate Hiking Tour: Overview

Walking Holiday in Donegal, Ireland, at Maghera WaterfallDiscover a place of breathtaking beauty as you walk the magnificent stretch of coastline from the fishing village of Killybegs to the heritage town of Ardara. Stand on remote rocky outcrops and take in the magnificent views over the Atlantic. Allow the soft sands of a hidden beach to massage your tired feet. Breathe in the fresh, salty sea air. Walk through quiet valleys where the sound of flowing streams and the bleating of young lambs are the only sounds you’ll hear. Then at night enjoy the hospitality, the music and “the craic” for which Ireland is famous.

This self-guided walking/hiking tour takes you to some of Ireland’s most beautiful hidden corners.  You will walk  over a variety of terrains from forest tracks and narrow roads to remote mountain terrain.

The tour begins in Killybegs.  To make travelling here as simple as possible, we will meet you in Donegal town or at Donegal Airport and bring you to your first accommodation in Killybegs. Here you will start your exciting journey of discovery.


Tour HighlightsSliabh Liag Peninsula self-guided walking tour map

The dramatic coast

Sliabh Liag (Slieve League) Cliffs

Hidden unspoilt beaches

Triditional crafts in Kilcar, Glencolmcille and Ardara

5,000 year old history in Glencolmcille

Traditional music



The Sliabh Liag Peninsula

Moderate Hiking Tour: Itinerary

Ireland hiking tour day 1, KillybegsDay 1: Arrival in Killybegs
On the first day of your tour you arrive in the fishing village of Killybegs. To assist you with your travel, we will pick you up in Donegal Town or at Donegal Airport. Once you are settled in your first accommodation, overlooking the harbour, we will give you your maps and notes along with all the advice you need for the week ahead. You are then free to wander around this pleasant town with its harbour full of colourful fishing boats.



Walking tours Ireland, Killybegs to KilcarDay 2: Killybegs to Kilcar
The first day of your walking holiday takes you through the hills above the town of Killybegs. You follow a series of unpaved roads as you climb above the town. As you climb, the views over Donegal Bay become evermore spectacular. Walk through a quiet valley, before leaving the road to cross a low hill to take you to your overnight destination overlooking Donegal Bay.
Distance: 16 km.   Altitude gain: Approx 300 metres.
Terrain: Narrow paved roads, unpaved roads.


Coast Near Kilcar, Donegal, IrelandDay 3: Kilcar to Carrick
Follow the coast past rocky headlands, hidden beaches and small inlets through the village of Kilcar. This is a centre of traditional weaving. A visit to Studio Donegal will let you see this traditional craft, handed down through generations. Follow more spectacular coast, overlooking the ring forts that once guarded the coast to the pleasant village of Carrick, nestled at the foot of Sliabh Liag (Slieve League).
Distance: 12.5 km   Altitude gain: Approx 220 metres.
Terrain: Narrow paved roads, unpaved roads.


Slieve League HikingDay 4: Sliabh Liag
A day of hiking you will never forget. See the cliffs in all their glory, with a breathtaking hike above the ocean. Follow the edge of the cliffs, from the viewing point at Bunglass, to the summit.Take in the jaw dropping views. You will want to spend some time here, before descending to the village in Teelin, by way of the Pilgrims Path – the route taken by the faithful who followed in the footsteps of the early monks.
Distance: 12 km   Altitude gain: Approx 580 metres.
Terrain: Mountain paths and open mountain. Proper hiking boots and clothing required.


Hike approaching GlencolmcilleDay 5: Carrick to Glencolmcille
Leaving Carrick – follow Slí Cholmcille (The Way of St. Colmcille) towards the valley that bears his name. Take a detour through boglands, where locals still harvest peat, to visit Malinmore. Stop at the 5,000 year old Cloghanmore Court Tomb. Follow a gravel path over the hills to Glencolmcille, where yet more wonderful coastal views over Glen Head await. Decend into historic valley of Glencolmcille, famous for its numerous archaeological sites and traditional culture.
Distance: 12 km   Altitude gain: Approx 350 metres.
Terrain: Grassy trails – sometimes wet, Secondary roads, unpaved paths. Hiking boots required.


Hiking Port, DonegalDay 6: Glen Head and Port Loop
From Glencolmcille, climb to the Napoleonic era signal tower on Glen Head. The views here are truly awe-inspiring. The cliff on which the tower stands drops straight into the ocean far below, while the views over the rugged Donegal coast stretch out in all directions. From the tower, follow the brethtaking coast to the deserted fishing hamlet of Port. Return to your starting point in Glencolmcille via “Slí Cholmcille” (St. Colmcille’s Way), and lovely peaceful Faugher lane.
Distance: 16 km   Altitude Gain: Approx 490 metres
Terrain: Open grass and boglands, paved and unpaved roads.


Hiking near Ardara, with Walking Tours IrelandDay 7: Glencolmcille to Ardara
Transfer to a remote area north of Glencolmcille, from where you hike through the quiet hills, once again following “Slí Cholmcille”. Hike down through beautiful Granny Valley to the white strand, caves and waterfall at Maghera. From here it is a short transfer to the heritage town on Ardara where you spend your final night. Ardara is a centre for both traditional tweed production and music. Some of the best pubs in Ireland can be found here.
Distance: 16 km   Altitude Gain: Approx 280 metres
Terrain: Unpaved and paved roads, Open rough mountain sometimes wet, hiking boots essential.


Cottage, Glengesh, DonegalDay 8: Departure After Breakfast
After your final breakfast, we will bring you to Donegal Town or Donegal Airport to assist you with your onward travel. Time to leave Donegal, taking with you your memories of what will have been an unforgettable experience.


The Sliabh Liag Peninsula

Moderate Hiking Tour: Difficulty/Fitness Level

Moderate Hiking Tour

Hiking near Carrick, DonegalThis tours involves hiking and walking on a large variety of surfaces and terrains. Surfaces include mountain and boglands, often uneven and sometimes wet. On most days you can expect to be walking for up to 6 hours, these walks will also involve quite a bit of climbing.





If you can answer yes to the following questions you should have no difficulty with this tour.

Can you comfortably walk 15km (10 miles)?
Can you climb hills/mountains up to 600 metres (2,000 feet)?
Can you comfortably walk over a variety of underfoot conditions including wet boggy ground and rough rocky terrain?
Are you comfortable crossing styles over fences?



The Sliabh Liag Peninsula

Moderate Hiking Tour: Accommodation

After a long day hiking in the hills, you will need the comfort of knowing that a friendly welcome and a comfortable bed awaits.

With this in mind we have carefully chosen your accommodation with the needs of the walker in mind. For the most part we use traditional family run Bed and Breakfasts, where you will always be made welcome. These establishments tend to cater much more to the needs of the adventure traveller than the larger hotels. Before long you will feel as if you always belonged.

All of the rooms we book have thier own bathroom.

In the morning you’ll get a hearty Irish breakfast that will keep you going for most of the day.

Hiking tour accommodation Dining Room Bay View House B&B Hiking tour accommodation Bedroom Seawinds Hiking tour accommodation Drumbeagh House, Killybegs, Ireland

The Slieve League Peninsula

Moderate Hiking Tour: Prices 2019

Price per person sharing: Off Peak – €790. Peak – €860

Single Occupancy:  €150

Tours Available: 20 March 2019 – 30 September 2019

Peak Season: Tours starting between 01 June 2019 and 31 August 2019

Price Includes:

  • 7 nights Bed and Breakfast in family run B&B’s
  • Transfer Donegal Town or Donegal airport to Killybegs (start of tour)
  • Welcome meeting on arrival
  • Detailed maps and guide notes
  • Waterproof map cover
  • Emergency support
  • Transfer Ardara to Donegal Town or Donegal Airport (end of tour)

Not Included:

  • Travel to and from Donegal Town or Donegal Airport
  • Meals other than Breakfast
  • Drinks/ extra events or entertainment


The Sliabh Liag Peninsula

Moderate Hiking Tour: Getting Here

From Dublin Airport

Direct buses run to Donegal Town from Dublin Airport and City every 2 hours. Timetable

Donegal Airport
There are two flights per day from Dublin to Donegal Airport. Timetables

From Ireland West (Knock) Airport

Frequent buses run to Donegal Town direct from the Airport. Timetable


To make your travel plans as simple as possible we will meet you on arrival at Donegal Town or Donegal Airport. From there we will bring you to the start point of the tour in Killybegs. When you have finished your tour we will drop you back to Donegal Town or to Donegal Airport.

If you are arriving through another point of entry contact us if you need help making your travel arrangements.