Slieve League Elopement Guide

Updated 2024

Would you like to have a Slieve League elopement? Or to hike to the top of the spectacular cliffs to get epic engagement photos at one man’s pass? As a Donegal elopement photographer, I hike to Slieve League every month of the year and love to explore all the hidden gems in the area.

This Slieve League elopement guide will share my tips for visiting this iconic area of natural beauty in Ireland.

So you’ve seen some of the amazing photos of Slieve League, and you’re here to see if you could elope at Slieve League or have your engagement photos or proposal there.

I have hiked Slieve League more times than I can count over my life. It is one of my favourite places and I love bringing couples here for photos because the stunning views really are the best around!

Ready to learn everything there is to know about Slieve League elopement, wedding and engagement photos?

Super! Let’s do it.


Why you need to visit Slieve League

The impressive Slieve League Cliffs are almost 2,000 feet at their highest point, three times higher than the famous Cliffs of Moher at 509 feet. This makes Slieve League some of Europe’s highest sea cliffs.

The views of Donegal Bay and its rugged mountains are magnificent and wild from the top of Slieve League. Hikers can see all the way over to County Sligo’s Mighty Ben Bulben on a clear day.  

Top tip! Book a boat trip from nearby Teelin Harbour to the base of the cliffs for epic views from another angle.

Can we elope at Slieve League?

Slieve League is a stunning location to elope and take your wedding photos. As your local Donegal elopement photographer, I will help you take care of permissions and make the necessary arrangements.

Can we take our wedding photos at Slieve League?

Yes, Slieve League is a beautiful location to take photos of Donegal weddings. As your local Donegal photographer, I will help you take care of permissions and make the necessary arrangements.

How long is the Slieve League hike?

There are a few different options for hiking Slieve League.

The views at Bunglass can be reached easily in a 20-minute walk from the car park, whereas hiking up to One Man’s Pass can take 90 minutes. The longer 4 -5 hour hike includes Teelin Pier and the Pilgrims Path.

Where is Slieve League and how do you get there?

The huge cliffs of Slieve League are located in Glencolumcille, County Donegal in the North-West corner of Ireland. It is easiest to travel there by car. Parking is available at the bottom of the cliffs. You must pass through a gate and continue by foot up the hill. Remember to close the gate! Like much of rural Ireland, Slieve League is home to sheep, you will pass by many of them on your visit.  

What is the best time of day to take photos at Slieve League?

Both sunrise and sunset are beautiful times of day to take photos at Slieve League.

During the day in Summertime, especially at weekends, there will be a lot more people visiting, hiking and taking photos at Slieve League. Although, the higher you climb and further you hike, the quieter you will find the route. The majority of people choose the shortest walk from the car park to Bunglass viewpoint.

Please be courteous to other visitors.

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  1. What a beautiful sea side location! I absolutely love the photos!

  2. Becs 📸✨ P. says:

    I now want to go here!! Thank you for sharing!!!

  3. Wow, what a place to elope! I really need to visit this place asap.

  4. Such a gorgeous place to elope! I adore the local sheeps, oh my gosh they are so adorable!!

  5. Great little guide with some useful advice about Slieve League, thanks for taking the time to put this together and share!

  6. This was the first time I have seen this place, and I love it! I would love to see the sheep. I love that you gave options for different length hikes. Thanks for the guide!

  7. What a beautiful place! I will definitely refer to your helpful guide if I ever get over to Ireland!

  8. Oh…that red dress…windswespt and just absolutely timeless…ALL THE FEELS

  9. Ireland is so magical! My family actually comes from Donegal many generations ago. I will absolutely consider Ireland for my elopement! Great info and these photos are amazing!!

  10. That first image stopped me in my tracks! Absolutely gorgeous!! i love the variety of the location, you can definitely tell that you are local!

  11. I love love love this location! So beautiful and off the beaten path a bit. Perfect for an elopement

  12. Slieve League looks absolutely incredible! As if I needed another reason to want to visit the isle of Skye!

  13. Wow! These pictures are incredible! I haven’t heard of Slieve League before, but this blog and your images definitely make me want to visit. It looks like a beautiful place for an elopement. 🙂

  14. christina says:

    this is GORGEOUS, like absolutely dreamy and amazing. Like, I NEED to go here.

  15. Wow. What a breathtaking view! Definitely adding Slieve League to my bucket list of places to visit!

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