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Fair Head

Co. Antrim, IRELAND

Climbs 443 – Rocktype Dolerite – Altitude 111m a.s.l – Faces ?

Crag features
The massive dolerite sill of Fair Head is the greatest expanse of climbable rock in Britain and Ireland. 100m high for much of its length, it forms an impressive bulwark above a jungle of man-eating boulders. At either end the rock tapers off into smaller cliffs, and the western end in particular has a friendlier sunnier aspect than the towering gothic walls in the centre.

A fine setting, and outstanding routes at every grade from VS to E8. Vast sections remain unclimbed.

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Guidebooks
Fairhead (2002)

Climbs at this crag

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 Climb nameGradex
 THE SMALL CRAG  
2Backwoods JellyrollVS 4c *7
3Epileptic GrasshopperE1 5b *4
4Droughting AboutHS 4b 3
5Dirty ElvisVS 4c 1
6Diggers DelightE1 5b 1
7PPVS 4b *3
8The Gypsies Nicked Me SqueegeeE3 6a  
9The StumpHS 4b 2
10Voluminous OvercoatsVS 4c 1
11Skin the GoatHVS 5a 1
12Horse FeathersVS 4b *3
13Pat's RouteVS 4c *1
14Duck SoupVS 4c *1
15One Crack MindHVS 5b *10
16The Jungle LineVS 4c *7
17Second ChoiceS 4a 1
18Zoot Horn RolloVS 4c 1
19Aghaidh Na MuiceVS 4c 2
20Sexter's RouteVS 4c 5
21WinkVS 4c  
22SantanaVS 4b 1
23Screeboar the OmniscientE2 5b/c 1
24Let the Children PlayHVS 5b  
25Peas n' CarrotsE2 5c *3
26Ton le GaoithVS 4c 6
27Easy GoS 3c 3
28Left CrackVD 7
29Central CrackVD 6
30Right CrackS 3
31Seeds of the WeedsE2 5b 1
32Clean BreakVS 4c 2
33Plan 9 from Outer SpaceHVS 5b *2
34ThunderchildE3 6b * 
35Run the WorldE4 5c  
36Jack in the GreenE1 5a *1
37A Carrot is as Close as a Rabbit gets to a DiamondVS 4c 1
38Abba ZabbaVS 4b 1
39Thinking CapVS 5b 1
40Thinking Cap (direct finish)HVS 5a 2
41PhoenixVS 4c *6
42Living DollE2 5c *2
43MorriganE2 5b *1
44Snatch of the DayVS 5a *4
45FocusVS 4c *7
46Focus (alternative start)VS 5b *3
47The Wall of Jer'n Co.E5 6a 1
48JeffreyHVS 5a *5
49FenenstronHS 2
50AstazouVD 1
51A Scream of Two BatsVS 4c 3
52ScornflakeHVS 5a *9
53Liberty CapE1 6a *3
54J L SeagullHS 4b *12
55Tentative DecisionsE3 6a  
56FoxbatVS 4c 1
57Fissure FuarVS 4b *10
58ChristineHS 4a 1
59ParadigmVS 5a  
60RubberwristHS 4b 2
61SpinolaS 4a *24
62PitchforkS 4a 13
63Pitchfork (alternative finish)VS 4c *12
64BullrushVS 4c *27
65The StingHVS 5b *9
66MorningS 4a 4
67Greased FrighteningVD 3
68Emptying the ElsanS 3c 4
69Provisional TravestyS 4a  
70Rain RaceE2 6a  
71PrunesquallorHS 4b 2
72FlayVS 4c 7
73HejiraE3 5c *1
74FuschiaVS 4b *10
75Hometown JamHVS 5b *7
76Lir's ScoopVS 4c *9
77Terminal EyesE3 5c * 
78GlipeVS 4c 1
 THE MIDDLE CRAG  
80Jug HandsE1 5b *1
81Solid BondE1 5b * 
82A Fringe of LeavesE3 6a ** 
83Easy SkankingE1 5c **1
84Sugar MagnoliaE1 5b **3
 BELOW THE MAIN CRAG  
86Trivial PusuitE1 5c  
87Saginaw SongS 4c  
88WisebloodE1 5c  
89OrangefieldVS 4c  
90The Lone GrooverHVS 4c  
 BINNAGAPPLE AREA  
92DecemberHVS 5a **25
93DuaisE1 5b 3
94Poor RelationE1 5b **3
95Feats Don't Fail Me NowE2 5b 1
96Raglan RoadE3 6a **4
97Raglan Road Top Pitch VariationE5 6a *** 
98Binn na gCapallE2 5c * 
99CurserE2 5b  
100DoldrumE2 5c **8
101ClarionVS 4c  
102HurricaneE2 5b ***40
103Hurricane (Direct Finish)E2 5c ***5
104Green CornerHS  
105Visual ContactE3 6b **1
106Dart Vadar LivesHVS  
107Rusty HaloE4 6a ***5
108SeremHVS  
109Toby JugE1 5b **42
110The BrasserE2 5c ***21
111SandpiperE2 5c ***28
112StriapachHVS 5a *5
113Jolly RogerE3 6a ***29
114Blade RunnerE3 5c **4
115Track of the CatE4 6a ***8
116The Dark SideE8 6c *** 
117Orange Blossom SpecialE1 5b  
118Sreang ScuabE2 5c 2
119Blood LineE3 6a  
120Earnshaw's RouteVS  
121KneewreckerHVS 5a  
122Learning to FlyE5 6a ***1
 GREY MAN'S PATH EAST  
124Night RiderE5 6a ***1
125Njold's SagaE1 5b  
126Cu UladhHVS 5a  
127Soylent GreenE1 5b 1
128Soylent Green (Top Pitch Variation)E3 6b  
129Bum's RushE2 5c * 
130Magennis RouteE2 5c  
131The Unforgettable FireE1 5b 2
132The Sheltering SkyE1 5b 1
133Blood MeridianE2 5c  
134Deadly PursuitE5 6b ** 
135The Grey ManE4 5c *** 
136The RocafellaE7 6c *** 
137PacemakerE3 5c  
138Idir na RitheVS 4c 2
139AntagonistE3 6a 2
140Cumberland BluesHVS 5a 1
 GREY MAN'S PATH WEST  
142World of SuitsVS 4c 1
143CoasterHS  
144MainstreamE4 6a * 
145Child's PlayE3 5c * 
146Paralyzed PowerE6 6c **1
147Low ProfileE3 5c *1
148Power PlayE4 6a * 
149ZuluHVS 5a  
150Burn UpHVS 5a ***57
151The Famished RoadHVS 5a 1
152CreeperE1 5b *1
153Semaphore SignalsE4 5c **1
154KrakenE2 5b  
155Cat's MalackyE2 5c  
156SaladinE5 6b  
157ThranE2 5c  
 THE WHITE LIGHTNING AMPHITHEATRE  
159InfidelE5 6b ***1
160Black MagicE4 6a **1
161Born to RunE4 6a ***9
162Hallowe'enE4 6a ***8
163Hallowe'en LeftE3 5c  
164Hallowe'en AreteE5 6a ***2
165Scott's PineE4 6a  
166CrusaderE4 6a **1
167The Icarus GunE3 6a ** 
168Eat the PeachE3 6a * 
169The SlopeE3 5c  
170The BadlandsE4 6a ** 
171Day TripperE3 6a ** 
172Streets of FireE3 6a *** 
173White LightningE3 5c 1
174ZeusE3 5c  
175The WeaselE2 5c 1
176SeabhacE5 6a ** 
177BrocE3 5c * 
178Shattered InnocenceE3 5c  
179NovemberHVS 5a 1
180New City AllstarsE2 5b 2
181Martin's RouteE2 5b  
182ScarecrowHVS 5a ** 
 BIRD HIDE BLOCK AREA  
184Joints and JamsE2 5c  
185SamhnaHS  
186King CobraE1 5a  
187RumoursE5 6a *** 
188Baptism of FireE5 6b *1
189RavenE2 5b 2
190MasqueradeHS 4b  
191Back to the Future 8E4 6a **4
192ScorpionE3 5c ***1
193Something HorribleE3 6a 1
194Walk on the Wild SideE1 5b *1
 AN BEALACH RUNDA AREA  
196An Goban SaorE1 5b *2
197The X- MenE3 6a ** 
198The Wolverine FinishE4 6b  
199An Bealach RúndaE1 5b ***50
200An Bealach EileE8 6c *** 
201SiroccoE1 5b  
202Northern ExposureE5 6b ***1
203Waiting for the SunE4 6a * 
204FlashdanceE2 5b  
205Peacadh MarfachE2 5b  
206Absolute ZeroE5 6b ** 
 Climb nameGradex
207Give UpE4 6b ** 
208Tractors of DesireE3 5c *1
209AD 43E5 6b ** 
210Dark ForcesE3 6a ***6
211Men of KernowE5 6b * 
212Landscapes of LightE4 6a ** 
213Supermassive Black HoleE3 5c * 
 THE TERRACES  
215The Artful DodgerE2 5b **2
216Morphine and ChocolateE2 5c  
217Chapter HouseE4 6a  
218BlockbusterE2 5c ***4
219HerbivoreXS 5a 1
220The VandalsE2 5c **3
221Drag Race QueenE1 5b *1
222Silent RunningE4 5c ** 
223AifricE2 5c * 
224Easy RiderE2 5b *1
225Fired EarthE5 6b ** 
226Birth RiteE5 6a * 
227Bates's MotelE3 5c **4
228Solid MandalaE3 6a **1
229ESPXS  
 RATHLIN WALL AREA  
231ClontarfE3 5c  
232Roaring MegVS 5a **38
233Faerie StoriesE7 6b *** 
234CúchulainnE2 5c ***16
235Death or GloryE4 6a ** 
236London CallingE5 6b ** 
237VikingHVS 5a  
238Little MarthaS 4b 2
239Drowsy MaggieS 4a 2
240Buttons and BowsE4 6a ***9
241Spirited AwayE6 6a *** 
242CinnabarE2 5c *3
243Candy KissesE4 6a ***5
244PuritanE2 5c  
245ReiligE3 5c *** 
246XLE4 6a  
247XL Variation StartE4 6a  
248Waist Deep in AlligatorsE4 6a *** 
249LochlannachE3 6a  
250Stop Making SenseE5 6b ** 
251Talking HeadsE4 6a **8
252Muck SavageHVS 5a 1
253Licence to KillE4 5c ** 
254Cool Hand LukeE2 5c * 
255The HustlerE3 6a ***6
256ConchubairE2 5c ***27
257The MaskE5 6a ***12
258Face ValueE4 6a ***22
259Flying LizardsE3 6a *2
260Smashing PumpkinsE6 6a * 
261The StoatE2 5c **3
262Heaven Can WaitE4 6a ** 
263Promised LandE4 6a **7
264Primal ScreamE6 6b ***6
265The Complete ScreamE8 6b *** 
266Blind PewE2 5b **36
267End GameE5 6a *** 
268Mizen StarE2 5b ***36
269TitanicE2 5c ***10
270Maiden VoyageE5 6b ** 
271SalangoE3 5c ***21
272The Fame GameE4 6a **3
273Hughie GreenE3 5c **1
274EquinoxE2 5b ***51
275A Bad Skin DayE7 6c *** 
276The Big SkinE8 6c *** 
 BALLYCASTLE DESCENT GULLY EAST  
278The Rathlin EffectE8 6c *** 
279Above and BeyondE6 6b ***4
280The Wall of PreyE5 6b ***20
281Wall of Prey (Direct Start)E5 6b *** 
282Where the Grass is GreenE7 6c *** 
283Once You Go Black You Never Go BackE7 6c  
284Mr Blobby SupermanE7 6c *** 
285Way of the Jive MonkeysE6 6b ** 
286Taming the TigerE6 6b  
287PhilE5 6b *** 
288CharonE7 6c *** 
289StyxE5 6b ***1
290ElysiumE6 6b  
291Hell's KitchenHVS 5a ***92
292Hell's Kitchen AreteE6 6a ***3
293A Rite of PassageE4 6b  
294Two Sides to the StoryE4 5c  
295ManannanE1 5b  
296Ocean BoulevardE3 5c **12
297AoifeE1 5b **46
298Closing TimeE6 6c  
299GironaVS 5a ***90
300MusaratE4 6a * 
301ChieftainVS 4b **73
302TaoiseachVS 4c *26
303CycloneE3 5c *1
304Racing LineE6 6b ** 
305Run Fast Run FreeE3 6a *7
306Hector PickaxeE5 6b  
307AprilE1 5b *14
308April Variation FinishE1 5b **8
309The BratVS 4b 11
310Master ChapsterHVS 5a 1
311CruthinS  
 BALLYCASTLE DESCENT GULLY WEST  
313OffcutsHVS 5a 4
314Dusty RhodesE2 5c *1
315EmmanuelleVS 4b *2
316Soulful EyesVS 4c 1
317AndromedaHVS 4c  
318Eithne IngubaE1 5b *3
319ArgosyE1 5a *2
320OdysseyVS 4c **17
321Odyssey VariationE1 5b  
322Dearg DoomVS 4c *5
323Atlantic CityE1 5b * 
324The Great PlainsE2 5c  
325SodbusterVS 4c *1
326RumplestiltskinE3 5c 1
327End of an EraE2 5c  
328Pepper and BracketE2 5c  
329The Quiet ManE2 5b  
 THE PROW  
331Five Gears in ReverseE1 5b 1
332JubileeE1 5b  
333Pyrrhic VictoryE2 5b **5
334Cyprus AvenueE3 6a  
335Threadneedle StreetE3 5c  
336MojaveE3 5c  
337Thunder RoadE3 5c ***3
338Wagger MoonE2 5c **5
339The DofferE1 5b * 
340Black TaxiE1 5b *6
341DarknessE2 5c **10
342Mongrel FoxE1 5b **30
343ThunderhipsE1 5b **17
344Thunderhips DirectE4 6a  
345FireballE1 5b ***62
346Midnight CruiserE1 5b ***86
347Marconi ArêteE5 6a *** 
348MarconiE3 5c ***37
349The EmbankmentE2 5c ***43
350RailroadE1 5b ***85
351BaloobaVS 4c 4
352Sabre RattlerHVS 4c *15
353Stone MadHVS 5a 12
354RevivalHVS 5a 5
355CurlewVS 4c 16
356ContortionsVS 4c 13
357Poxy AreteE2 5c 1
358ContractionsVS 5a 11
359FoxyHS 5
360Good Morning JudgeHVS 5a 27
361EnergizeE1 5b ** 
362Fáth Mo BhuarthaE1 5b ***56
363GBHE3 6a ***35
364The Black ThiefVS 4b ***129
365The FenceVS 4c ***103
366The OffenceHVS 5a 10
367ResidueHS 4a 1
368Jungle RockVS 5a 2
369Los MolinosHS 4a 4
370La MolineroHVS 5a 5
371BrambleS 22
372Driodar na hAilleHS 9
373Simple MindsE1 5b *18
374SalamanderVS 4c 7
 FARRANGANDOO  
376Gunther GrassS 4
377CasablancaVS 4c 11
378CadizE1 5c  
379CairoHVS 5a  
380FargoE3 5c  
381Belfast CowboysE4 6a  
382The KerbE3 5c ** 
383Slittery SlatE2 5c ** 
384Crib Pad CrackE1 5b ***13
385Crib Pad Crack DirectE3 6a ***4
386Pangur BánHVS 5a ***27
387Dark CornersE1 5b 1
388LoosestrifeE1 5b 1
389AlleycatHVS 5b 1
390SamsonVS 4c *2
391LazarusVS 4c *10
392Hard RainE1 5b  
393JezebelHVS 5b *1
394VelocetteVS 4b *2
395The SquirtVS 4b 1
396EssenceE3 5c  
397Unnamed TripticE2 5c  
398Big HooothcherE3 6a  
399KorE3 5c  
400Joy DivisionE2 5c  
401Big SkyE2 5c *1
402The Royal ScamE1 5b  
403MoonfleetHVS 5a 1
404JuggernautHVS 5a  
405FlashoverE3 5c  
406KashubiaHVS 5a * 
407ChicargoHVS 5a  
408Speak EasyHVS 5a  
409Shere KhanE2 5c ** 
410LionheartE4 6a * 
411Watcher of the SkiesE2 6a  
Access notes
There are a few different parking options depending on which part of the crag you're aiming for.

The farm car park at the Ballycastle end asks for a donation, while the signposted National Trust car park is a better option for routes approached by the Grey Man's Path. The approach walk to the top of the main crag from either is about 15 minutes. The eastern end of the crag can be approached from the Murlough Bay car park.

The two descent options to the base of the crag on foot are by the Ballycastle Descent Gully or Grey Man's Path. Walking along the base of the crag for any distance is not recommended, so for routes in the middle a 100m abseil rope is handy.

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