Sliabh Liag hiking trail to close for four days

Photo: Patrick McBrearty

Photo: Patrick McBrearty

Sections of the walking trail at the Sliabh Liag cliffs will be temporarily closed to allow path repairs to be carried out.

Donegal County Council announced this week that the closure will take effect from next Monday and, depending on the weather, is expected to last most of the week.

A council spokesperson stated that the remedial works, which are being funded by Fáilte Ireland and Donegal County Council are being carried out “in the interest of public safety”.

The operation will see over 500 tonne of stone lifted onto the mountain by helicopter.

The spokesperson stressed that the repairs to the existing path “will have no impact on the majority of visitors to Sliabh Liag, as the upper car park and viewing areas at Bunglas, which are the destination for the majority of visitors to Sliabh Liag, will remain open at all times during the helicopter lifting operations”.

The council consulted with a number of stakeholders, including the National Parks and Wildlife Service, Mountaineering Ireland, local hill walking groups and others, before arranging for the works to be carried out.

The spokesperson continued: “The exclusion areas have been designed to minimise both risks to the public whilst also minimising the impact on visitors to the area and affected businesses”.

While the stone is being delivered, access to sections of the mountain trail at Sliabh Liag will be blocked at the following locations: 400m North of Bunglas car park (still allowing access to car park and viewing platform); Pilgrim Path car park at Shanbally; and One Man’s Pass at Ballymore.

Donegal County Council and Metro Building Contractors acknowledge and apologise for any disruption that may take place during the necessary delivery period.




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