Slieve League in County Sligo, Ireland

September 26.

After visiting a batch of beaches in County Donegal we were off to Slieve League, on a road that a local had promised us would be one of the worst in Ireland!

The woman in Portnoe actually shuddered as she described the narrow twisty road that awaited us at Slieve League. But when we got there the road was so wide and relatively straight that you could drive a tour bus up it, and sure enough, when we got to the top, there was a whole bunch of tour buses in the parking lot.

We parked by a gate that blocked the road, and from there it was a long walk to the cliffs. As Al pointed out several times, we could have driven – most people just opened the gate and drove on through to a higher (and much closer) parking lot where there was an ice cream caravan and a woolies shop.

A set of rocky steps lead up a path to a viewpoint at Slieve League in County Sligo in Ireland.

A set of rocky steps lead up a path to a viewpoint at Slieve League in County Sligo in IrelandPanorama of Slieve League (and bus loads of tourists).Panorama of Slieve League in IrelandLooking out to sea.looking out at the ocean from Slieve League, IrelandWe should have gone for this Sliabh Liag View Walk – hanging out with a bunch of tourists made the place not nearly as impressive as I’d hoped.
Sign with a description of Slieve League, IrelandStill, it had its moments.Slieve League in IrelandNatural stone formation that look like tombstones in a graveyard.Slieve League in IrelandA pond looking as if it was dug out by glaciers. Landscape in Slieve League, IrelandOn the way out we passed a fun-looking pub called the Rusty Mackerel.
Exterior of the Rusty Mackerel Pub by Slieve League in IrelandThe bartender at the Rusty Mackerel near Slieve League in County Sligo told me his favourite weather expression was ‘it could be worse’. “Of course that really means that it could be better, but that’s not bloody likely…”
Proprieters of the Rusty Mackerel Pub by Slieve League in IrelandAfter a stop there we went to the town of Donegal where we had booked a place for the evening. We did a quick tour of the town as the sun was setting.Donegal Church in the evening light, Donegal, IrelandThe bartender at the Rusty Mackerel had recommended the Reel Pub for their music but that didn’t start up until 9:30. We were exhausted from all the beaches we had wandered along during the day so we settled into the Olde Castle Bar for a Red Hugh Brew and some dinner, and by 9:30 we were in our room sipping on a local pear cider so no Irish music for us.Olde Castle Bar in Donegal, Ireland

Special Red Hugh Brew available only at Olde Castle Bar in Donegal, Ireland

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