I have about 4 days left in Ireland. I'm in Galway right now and I still want to see the Slieve League, and the Giant's Causeway.
Basically what I want to know is what is the best way to get out to the Slieve League at this time of year? Are there tours from Donegal or should I just bus to Carrick then hitch/walk from there? Are the cliffs hard to find???
Any help would be great. I know that I'll bus to Donegal at 10 tomorrow morning but I have to work out what to do from there, whether it be sleep in Donegal for tomorrow night then make my way to the cliffs the next morning, or head out to carrick and then make the relatively short trip to the cliffs on monday morning.
How can I do this? Is hitching an option?
Thanks in advance. Ollie.
Oh oh oh!!!! I love Slieve League! Okay, so I went from Donegal to Galway, so there are busses between the two. Obviously. But the bus from Donegal to Carrick (or Kilcar, I was in between the two towns at an adorable little hostel called Derrylahan Hostel) I am pretty sure only leaves at 3 times during the day, twice early in the morning (Read: 8am or 9am or something) and once at night (9pm or something). I would suggest looking that up because my information is about 9 months old. Alas, you will probably not be able to make it there tommorow after you bus to Donegal, so spend the day in Donegal (it's nice!) and then go the next day (and stay in a hostel nearby, I reccomend Derrylahan, personally!)
My hostel was across Teelin Bay, which is a long, thin bay, and although Slieve League LOOKS closeby, it would have been a 6 hour walk around the bay. So I hitched/mostly got offered lifts by people driving down the street. From Carrick, it is a little closer, but trust me, just walking up the 'driveway' to the parking will tire you, and if you want to hike up One Man's Pass (you should do it, by the way) you'll need your energy. Hitching is fine in this area, along that road it is mostly tourists headed for the same thing anyway. :P
The cliffs aren't hard to find... its the mountain that looms over the entire area. You can't miss it. The bus turns around a corner and you're like "What is THAT?". It's the cliffs.
Personally I would suggest going by yourself, mainly because I have a sneaking suspect that any tours you get will just take you to the parking lot, which has a pretty lookout, and then go back... half the fun is walking along the cliffs (Not too close to the edge though). There are paths you can follow, and the views once you get up there are very rewarding.
looks like you got some good information there....
Please don't take this the wrong way, it's meant to help and not be dismissive in any manner whatsoever. If you want advice where to go and what to see in rural Ireland, ASK A LOCAL. If the person you ask can't help you, well then ask someone else.
Maybe you've tried this already and for some reason it didn't work, but it's still the best advice you'll get.
Have a great time here in Ireland and enjoy yourself (not sitting in front of a computer asking people for advice) then again, you're going to have to read this somehow, aren't you? Touché!