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The county of Donegal on the North West tip of Ireland can easily be said to contain more rock climbing venues, routes and both climbed and unclimbed rock than the rest of Ireland combined. With over 3000 recorded rock climbs on over 170 cliffs including Irelands highest sea stack, Irelands longest rock climb, the largest mountain cliff in Ireland and Irelands longest recorded ice climb as well as many more standard single and multi-pitch venues above the sea, by the road, on the islands and in the mountains. County Donegal currently plays host to several lifetimes of world class rock climbing in some of the most beautiful, remote and unspoilt locations in Ireland. Donegal plays host to many adventurous locations for the exploratory expert rock climber and beginner alike
Glenveagh National Park
The mountains of Donegal stretch across the entire county and provide an enormous amount of climbing with some of the longest mountain routes in Ireland in the Poisoned Glen. The two of the largest ranges are in the centre of the county and comprise of solid weathered mountain granite. The rest of the Donegal mountains are quartz and are at a slightly lower altitude and closer to the sea and its prevailing south west trad winds.
The Glenveagh national park is a beautiful and impressive place to climb, it's main face dominates this huge U shaped valley. It is also Donegal's busiest tourist attraction with a large
visitor centre, restaurant and an excellent refurbished Glenveagh Castle. This very busy end of the glen provides the most obvious access to the climbing available in the glen.
The Poisoned Glen is one of the original climbing venues in Ireland with routes dating back to the 1950's and 1960's. The glen also plays host to Ireland largest continual rock face (The Bearnas Buttress) and Ireland longest Ice climb. Most of the faces in the glen face North to North West and as such get very little sunlight, a prolonged dry spell is required to catch the main faces in a dry climbable condition. The highest crag is also the fastest drying, Ballaghageeha Buttress sits at an altitude of 400m and provides excellent single and multi pitch climbing. It has in recent years seen a lot of attention from local climbers and as such most of the routes are freshly cleaned.
Living along the western seaboard of County Donegal live 100 guardians of an ancient and little known world. Sculptured by the pounding heart of the wild Atlantic Ocean over thousands of our lifetimes these towering rock sentinels stand guard at the outer edge of our distant shores. Marking the boundary between the moving and the static, these gothic leviathans are the last remains of a time long forgotten.
Bristi Sea Stack
Imagine travelling 20km on single track laneway from the nearest main road followed by a 4 km walk over Ireland’s last great wilderness to visit the most remote point of land on mainland Ireland. From here standing on the summit of this near 1000 foot high sea cliff overlooking the distant edge of the further, we descend to sea level to arrive on outstandingly beautiful storm beaches in the most remote, isolated and atmospheric locations in the country. We launch from the shore to cross open ocean and land on the bases of these wave sculptured rock towers. We then climb these lonely towers to arrive on a pristine pinpoint summit far from anywhere in the real world.
Standing on an isolated summit over 100 metres above the ocean, 500 metres from the nearest point of land on mainland Ireland and over 20 km from the nearest main road can easily be described as a truly spiritual experience. You are now standing on a summit that has been visited and stood on fewer times than the surface of the moon.
Pollet Sea Arch
Donegal Sea Stack climbing is the most adventurous commercially available activity in Ireland and uniqueascent.ie/seastacks are the only people who provide this unique service. What we guarantee you is a day out you will never forget in places you never knew existed and an experience that will live forever in your happy memories.
The Islands of Cruit, Arranmore, Gola, Umphin, Owey and Tory provide many lifetimes worth of outstanding sea cliff climbing and between them are home to a further 20 or so, superb Granite sea stacks. These islands are a step back in time with an idyllic setting, unchanged in many ways as the rest of civilisation marches with modern pace.
Gola Island in western Donegal is the epicentre of the Donegal climbing scene with well over 200 single pitch routes from Diff to E5 on the Granite sea cliffs and inland outcrops scattered throughout the island. In the main the rock is immaculate sea washed granite with only some of the sheltered zawns containing sections of loose rock.
Cruit Island, in the heart of the Rosses, provides over 300 rock climbs on its many immaculate granite sea cliffs and separating these sea cliffs are some of the most beautiful
sandy beaches it is possible to imagine. All the crags on cruit are less than 5 minutes walk from the car and provide excellent single pitches routes mostly in the V.Diff to HVS grade range. Download the free rock-climbing guide to Cruit Island and go and explore this beautiful island.
Owey Island sits off the Northern tip of Cruit Island and is only accessible by a short passenger ferry crossing. The ferry runs from the far northern end of Cruit Island from the pier below the golf course club house and berths at the South East tip of Owey Island.
The view from Owey Island
This superb natural harour on Owey provides lee from 90% of sea states alas it does not cope very well with large North to North East motion as the harbour entrance can be closed by violent white water. Always give Dan the ferryman a call on 00353 (0) 866013893 prior to leaving home for Owey to ensure the ferry is running. The climbing on Owey can be easily subdivided into two distinct sections, the Western End and the Eastern End. These two climbing areas at opposite end of the island each provide lee from the predominant South West and North West sea motions. With careful observation of the current and predicted sea states climbing on the island can be achieved in all but the most extreme nautical rage. The climbing on Owey is very similar to the much better known Gola Island, in terms of atmosphere and setting. Many of the cliffs require a slightly more adventurous approach with most of the routes having only ever been climbed once.
Iain Miller (uniqueascent.ie/about_us) is a rock climber living working and playing on the sea cliffs, sea stacks, mountain ranges and uninhabited islands of County Donegal. He runs the company Unique Ascent.
What we offer at Unique Ascent is the opportunity for people of all abilities to visit and climb in places of outstanding natural beauty where solitude and a truly great outdoor experience is guaranteed. We offer a full range of experiences, courses and holidays with the goal of maximizing your potential and knowledge by simply visiting the most beautiful, remote and unspoilt places in Ireland.
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