As a story teller, I am attracted to the cliffs at Slieve League and the Christian/Gaelic history that permeates the Irish countryside and brilliant views of the Atlantic Ocean. Characters are clamoring to tell me their stories and adventures on One Man’s Path and Pilgrim Path — dramatic hikes that demand more of walkers on a stormy day. Of course, my story will have at least ONE stormy day! My hero will take in the views from the cliffs dropping as much as 1500 feet to the ocean. He would enjoy the panorama of the Atlantic, around to the Sligo Mountains and bright Donegal Bay. Breezes would play with the blooms of the Nóíníní and Seamair Dhearg and Seamróg (Daisies and Red Clover and Shamrock– summer wildflowers at Donegal Bay), reminding him of his “brideach milis bouquet bláthanna fiáine” — sweet bride’s wildflower bouquet.
If you walk with me, we could visit historic Donegal Castle together and enjoy the views from this 15th century castle built by the O’Donnell chieftain. We could get lots of photos, then walk back to our inn for a celebration serving of historic Donegal Oatmeal Cream! “Taitneamh a bhaint as uachtar mhin choirce Donegal ag Sliabh Liag” We can enjoy Donegal Oatmeal Cream at Sliabh Liag.
One day clearly won’t be enough for me to be able to absorb the history and dramatic beauty of this mountain that has so many paths wandering over it and such larger-than-life views. If you are able to stay longer, we could get on one of the charter boats cruising the Donegal Bay to get a different, but no less impressive view of the cliffs from the water’s edge. And stop at one of the sweet, clear beaches along the edges of the bay.
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