Walking on Sliabh Liag with Ireland by Bike

The Sliabh Liag Peninsula

Hike Ireland’s most stunning stretch of coast. Explore sandy beaches, towering cliffs, hidden bays and valleys.

Discover a place of breathtaking beauty as you hike the magnificent stretch of coastline from the fishing village of Killybegs to the heritage town of Ardara.  This self-guided walking/hiking tour takes you to some of Ireland’s most beautiful hidden corners.  You hike past monuments dating back to the stone and bronze ages.  Here you can really experience the hospitality for which Ireland is famous.

The Sliabh Liag Peninsula 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, 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 Killybegs.  You follow a series of unpaved roads as you climb above the town.  As you climb, the views over Donegal Bay become more and more spectacular.  Walk through a quiet peaceful valley – once destined to become a hydroelectric dam.  You pass through forests and over boglands.  Emerge once again with great views of the Atlantic as you reach 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 Bunglas to the summit.  Take in the jaw dropping views.  You will want to spend some time here, before descending to the little village of Cappagh in Teelin.  Your route is by way of the Pilgrim’s 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.  Hike over boglands, where locals still harvest turf (peat).  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 are waiting for you.  Descend into the 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 stunning.  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 breathtaking coast to the deserted fishing hamlet of Port.  Return to your starting point in Glencolmcille via “Slí Cholmcille”, 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
In the morning, we will transfer to a remote area north of Glencolmcille, from where you again follow “Slí Cholmcille”.  Hike through beautiful Granny Valley to the white strand, caves and waterfall at Maghera.  From here you follow Loughros Beg Bay to the heritage town of Ardara where you spend your final night.  Ardara is a centre for both traditional tweed production and music.  Traditional music or folk sessions are commonplace in the pubs in this friendly village.
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 of the tour, we will collect you at your B&B and, to assist you with your onward travel, we’ll bring you to Donegal Town or to Donegal Airport.

Time to leave Donegal, taking with you your memories of what we’re sure will have been an unforgettable adventure.


The Sliabh Liag Peninsula Hiking Tour.  Accommodation

One of the great things about travelling by bicycle or by foot in Ireland is the chance to meet local people, and one of the best places to do this is at your accommodation.  There is no better type of accommodation to suit cyclists and walkers than the type we use — the traditional Irish Bed and Breakfast (and occasionally small hotels).  Here you will be guaranteed a warm welcome.  The owners cater much more to the needs of the adventure traveller than the larger hotels.

Your host will serve you a delicious breakfast in the morning — which will set you up perfectly for the day ahead.  All of the accommodations we work with cater for people with special dietary requirements.

Choose a single, double, twin, triple or family room.  Rooms have their own private bathroom.

We choose locations as close as possible to the village or town centre, so that you will be able to stroll out in the evenings to have a meal and then afterwards you can check out the local entertainment!


The Sliabh Liag Peninsula Hiking Tour. Getting Here

From Dublin Airport

Direct buses run to Donegal Town from Dublin Airport and City ever 90 minutes.  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.

The Sliabh Liag Peninsula Hiking Tour. Prices 2021

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

Single Occupancy:  €195

Tours Available:   05 April 2021 – 27 Sept. 2021

Peak Season: Tours starting between 31 May 2021 and 30 August 2021

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 Hiking Tour. Short Break Options

We offer the following shorter version of this tour.

5 Day/4 night

Day 1: Arrive Carrick
Day 2: Hike Sliabh Liag
Day 3: Carrick to Glencolmcille
Day 4: Hike Glen Head
Day 5: Depart

Price per person sharing: Off Peak – €550. Peak – €590  Single Occupancy – €120

Tours Available: 5 April 2021 – 27 Sept. 2021

Peak Season: Tours starting between 31 May 2021 and 30 August 2021

Price Includes:

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

The Sliabh Liag Peninsula Hiking Tour. Photo Gallery

The Sliabh Liag Peninsula Hiking Tour. Booking

To book a self-guided hiking tour with Ireland by Bike:

1: Enquire

Please fill out the Enquiry Form giving details of group size, dates, etc.

Once we have received your enquiry we will get back to you letting you know if the dates you requested are available. We will then ask you to enter full tour and group details on a Booking Request Form. Once we have received this we will send you confirmation of pricing etc.

2: Pay Deposit

If you are happy with our proposal you can proceed to pay the deposit using the secure link we will send you. The deposit required is €100 per person for all tours.

Once we have received your deposit we will send you confirmation of your booking along with an invoice for the balance.

3: Pay Balance

Full payment is required at least 4 weeks before your arrival date.

Once we have received full payment we will email you your cycling holiday accommodation list, along with the full guide notes for your cycling tour.

General Enquiries

If you are just making a general enquiry, and would like to ask some questions, then simply contact us.

Booking Terms and Conditions.

The Sliabh Liag Peninsula Hiking Tour. Customer Reviews

Tour Type:
Self-guided Hiking Tour
8 day/7 night
Hiking Tour Raing Symbot 3 Boots
With E-bike:
April to September
Very hilly with varied underfoot conditions.
4 nights