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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.

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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Guidebooks
Fairhead (2002)

Climbs at this crag

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 Climb nameGradex
 THE SMALL CRAG  
2Backwoods JellyrollVS 4c *9
3Epileptic GrasshopperE1 5b *5
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 *4
13Pat's RouteVS 4c *2
14Duck SoupVS 4c *2
15One Crack MindHVS 5b *11
16The Jungle LineVS 4c *10
17Second ChoiceS 4a 1
18Zoot Horn RolloVS 4c 1
19Aghaidh Na MuiceVS 4c 4
20Sexter's RouteVS 4c 7
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 8
27Easy GoS 3c 3
28Left CrackVD 7
29Central CrackVD 6
30Right CrackS 3
31Seeds of the WeedsE2 5b 1
32Clean BreakVS 4c 3
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 *5
45FocusVS 4c *7
46Focus (alternative start)VS 5b *3
47The Wall of Jer'n Co.E5 6a 1
48JeffreyHVS 5a *6
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 1
60RubberwristHS 4b 4
61Juniper DodgeE1 5b 2
62SpinolaS 4a *24
63PitchforkS 4a 13
64Pitchfork (alternative finish)VS 4c *12
65BullrushVS 4c *27
66The StingHVS 5b *9
67MorningS 4a 4
68Greased FrighteningVD 3
69Emptying the ElsanS 3c 4
70Provisional TravestyS 4a  
71Rain RaceE2 6a  
72PrunesquallorHS 4b 2
73FlayVS 4c 12
74HejiraE3 5c *1
75FuschiaVS 4b *13
76SycamoreVS 4c *1
77Hometown JamHVS 5b *9
78Lir's ScoopVS 4c *11
79Terminal EyesE3 5c * 
80GlipeVS 4c 1
 THE MIDDLE CRAG  
82Jug HandsE1 5b *1
83Solid BondE1 5b * 
84A Fringe of LeavesE3 6a ** 
85Easy SkankingE1 5c **1
86Sugar MagnoliaE1 5b **3
 BELOW THE MAIN CRAG  
88Trivial PusuitE1 5c  
89Saginaw SongS 4c  
90WisebloodE1 5c  
91OrangefieldVS 4c  
92The Lone GrooverHVS 4c  
 BINNAGAPPLE AREA  
94DecemberHVS 5a **31
95DuaisE1 5b 3
96Poor RelationE1 5b **4
97Feats Don't Fail Me NowE2 5b 1
98Raglan RoadE3 6a **4
99Raglan Road Top Pitch VariationE5 6a *** 
100Binn na gCapallE2 5c * 
101CurserE2 5b  
102DoldrumE2 5c **9
103ClarionVS 4c  
104HurricaneE2 5b ***47
105Hurricane (Direct Finish)E2 5c ***5
106Green CornerHS  
107Visual ContactE3 6b **1
108Dart Vadar LivesHVS  
109Rusty HaloE4 6a ***5
110SeremHVS  
111Toby JugE1 5b **49
112The BrasserE2 5c ***26
113SandpiperE2 5c ***30
114StriapachHVS 5a *5
115Jolly RogerE3 6a ***35
116Blade RunnerE3 5c **5
117Track of the CatE4 6a ***14
118The Dark SideE8 6c *** 
119Orange Blossom SpecialE1 5b  
120Sreang ScuabE2 5c 2
121Blood LineE3 6a  
122Earnshaw's RouteVS  
123KneewreckerHVS 5a  
124Learning to FlyE5 6a ***1
 GREY MAN'S PATH EAST  
126Night RiderE5 6a ***1
127Njold's SagaE1 5b  
128Cu UladhHVS 5a 1
129Soylent GreenE1 5b 1
130Soylent Green (Top Pitch Variation)E3 6b  
131Bum's RushE2 5c * 
132Magennis RouteE2 5c  
133The Unforgettable FireE1 5b 2
134The Sheltering SkyE1 5b 1
135Blood MeridianE2 5c  
136Deadly PursuitE5 6b ** 
137The Grey ManE4 5c *** 
138The RocafellaE7 6c ***1
139PacemakerE3 5c  
140Idir na RitheVS 4c 2
141AntagonistE3 6a 2
142Cumberland BluesHVS 5a 1
 GREY MAN'S PATH WEST  
144World of SuitsVS 4c 1
145CoasterHS  
146MainstreamE4 6a * 
147Child's PlayE3 5c * 
148Paralyzed PowerE6 6c **1
149Low ProfileE3 5c *1
150Power PlayE4 6a * 
151ZuluHVS 5a  
152Burn UpHVS 5a ***65
153The Famished RoadHVS 5a 1
154CreeperE1 5b *1
155Semaphore SignalsE4 5c **1
156KrakenE2 5b  
157Cat's MalackyE2 5c  
158SaladinE5 6b  
159ThranE2 5c  
 THE WHITE LIGHTNING AMPHITHEATRE  
161InfidelE5 6b ***1
162Black MagicE4 6a **1
163Born to RunE4 6a ***10
164Hallowe'enE4 6a ***10
165Hallowe'en LeftE3 5c  
166Hallowe'en AreteE5 6a ***3
167Scott's PineE4 6a  
168CrusaderE4 6a **1
169The Icarus GunE3 6a ** 
170Eat the PeachE3 6a * 
171The SlopeE3 5c  
172The BadlandsE4 6a ** 
173Day TripperE3 6a ** 
174Streets of FireE3 6a ***1
175White LightningE3 5c 1
176ZeusE3 5c  
177The WeaselE2 5c 1
178SeabhacE5 6a ** 
179BrocE3 5c * 
180Shattered InnocenceE3 5c  
181NovemberHVS 5a 1
182New City AllstarsE2 5b 2
183Martin's RouteE2 5b  
184ScarecrowHVS 5a ** 
 BIRD HIDE BLOCK AREA  
186Joints and JamsE2 5c  
187SamhnaHS  
188King CobraE1 5a  
189RumoursE5 6a *** 
190Baptism of FireE5 6b *1
191RavenE2 5b 2
192MasqueradeHS 4b  
193Back to the Future 8E4 6a **4
194ScorpionE3 5c ***1
195Something HorribleE3 6a 1
196Walk on the Wild SideE1 5b *1
 AN BEALACH RUNDA AREA  
198An Goban SaorE1 5b *2
199The X- MenE3 6a **2
200The Wolverine FinishE4 6b  
201An Bealach RúndaE1 5b ***55
202An Bealach EileE8 6c *** 
203SiroccoE1 5b  
204Northern ExposureE5 6b ***5
205Waiting for the SunE4 6a * 
206FlashdanceE2 5b  
207Peacadh MarfachE2 5b  
 Climb nameGradex
208Absolute ZeroE5 6b ** 
209Give UpE4 6b ** 
210Tractors of DesireE3 5c *1
211AD 43E5 6b ** 
212Dark ForcesE3 6a ***8
213Men of KernowE5 6b * 
214Landscapes of LightE4 6a ** 
215Supermassive Black HoleE3 5c * 
 THE TERRACES  
217The Artful DodgerE2 5b **2
218Morphine and ChocolateE2 5c  
219Chapter HouseE4 6a  
220BlockbusterE2 5c ***6
221HerbivoreXS 5a 1
222The VandalsE2 5c **3
223Drag Race QueenE1 5b *2
224Silent RunningE4 5c ** 
225AifricE2 5c * 
226Easy RiderE2 5b *1
227Fired EarthE5 6b ** 
228Birth RiteE5 6a * 
229Bates's MotelE3 5c **4
230Solid MandalaE3 6a **1
231ESPXS  
 RATHLIN WALL AREA  
233ClontarfE3 5c  
234Roaring MegVS 5a **46
235Faerie StoriesE7 6b *** 
236CúchulainnE2 5c ***21
237Death or GloryE4 6a ** 
238London CallingE5 6b ** 
239VikingHVS 5a  
240Little MarthaS 4b 2
241Drowsy MaggieS 4a 2
242Buttons and BowsE4 6a ***9
243Spirited AwayE6 6a *** 
244CinnabarE2 5c *3
245Candy KissesE4 6a ***6
246PuritanE2 5c  
247Tír na nÓgE6 6a **1
248ReiligE3 5c ***1
249XLE4 6a  
250XL Variation StartE4 6a  
251Waist Deep in AlligatorsE4 6a *** 
252LochlannachE3 6a  
253Stop Making SenseE5 6b ** 
254Talking HeadsE4 6a **9
255Muck SavageHVS 5a 1
256Licence to KillE4 5c ** 
257Cool Hand LukeE2 5c *1
258The HustlerE3 6a ***7
259ConchubairE2 5c ***32
260The MaskE5 6a ***12
261Face ValueE4 6a ***30
262Flying LizardsE3 6a *2
263Smashing PumpkinsE6 6a * 
264The StoatE2 5c **5
265Heaven Can WaitE4 6a ** 
266Promised LandE4 6a **10
267Primal ScreamE6 6b ***6
268The Complete ScreamE8 6b *** 
269Blind PewE2 5b **43
270End GameE5 6a *** 
271Mizen StarE2 5b ***39
272TitanicE2 5c ***12
273Maiden VoyageE5 6b ** 
274SalangoE3 5c ***27
275The Fame GameE4 6a **3
276Hughie GreenE3 5c **1
277EquinoxE2 5b ***59
278A Bad Skin DayE7 6c *** 
279The Big SkinE8 6c *** 
 BALLYCASTLE DESCENT GULLY EAST  
281The Rathlin EffectE8 6c *** 
282Above and BeyondE6 6b ***5
283The Wall of PreyE5 6b ***24
284Wall of Prey (Direct Start)E5 6b *** 
285Where the Grass is GreenE7 6c *** 
286Once You Go Black You Never Go BackE7 6c  
287Mr Blobby SupermanE7 6c *** 
288Way of the Jive MonkeysE6 6b ** 
289Taming the TigerE6 6b  
290PhilE5 6b *** 
291CharonE7 6c *** 
292Styx (pre-collapse)E5 6b ***1
293ElysiumE6 6b  
294Hell's KitchenHVS 5a ***101
295Hell's Kitchen AreteE6 6a ***3
296A Rite of PassageE4 6b  
297Two Sides to the StoryE4 5c  
298ManannanE1 5b  
299Ocean BoulevardE3 5c **14
300AoifeE1 5b **50
301Closing TimeE6 6c  
302GironaVS 5a ***108
303MusaratE4 6a * 
304ChieftainVS 4b **84
305TaoiseachVS 4c *32
306CycloneE3 5c *1
307Racing LineE6 6b ** 
308Run Fast Run FreeE3 6a *10
309Hector PickaxeE5 6b  
310AprilE1 5b *15
311April Variation FinishE1 5b **10
312The BratVS 4b 11
313Master ChapsterHVS 5a 1
314CruthinS 1
 BALLYCASTLE DESCENT GULLY WEST  
316OffcutsHVS 5a 4
317Dusty RhodesE2 5c *1
318EmmanuelleVS 4b *2
319Soulful EyesVS 4c 1
320AndromedaHVS 4c  
321Eithne IngubaE1 5b *3
322ArgosyE1 5a *2
323OdysseyVS 4c **20
324Odyssey VariationE1 5b  
325Dearg DoomVS 4c *5
326Atlantic CityE1 5b * 
327The Great PlainsE2 5c  
328SodbusterVS 4c *1
329RumplestiltskinE3 5c 1
330End of an EraE2 5c  
331Pepper and BracketE2 5c  
332The Quiet ManE2 5b  
 THE PROW  
334Five Gears in ReverseE1 5b 1
335JubileeE1 5b  
336Pyrrhic VictoryE2 5b **5
337Cyprus AvenueE3 6a  
338Threadneedle StreetE3 5c  
339MojaveE3 5c  
340Thunder RoadE3 5c ***4
341Wagger MoonE2 5c **5
342The DofferE1 5b *1
343Black TaxiE1 5b *7
344DarknessE2 5c **15
345Mongrel FoxE1 5b **32
346ThunderhipsE1 5b **18
347Thunderhips DirectE4 6a  
348FireballE1 5b ***69
349Midnight CruiserE1 5b ***95
350Marconi ArêteE5 6a *** 
351MarconiE3 5c ***42
352The EmbankmentE2 5c ***49
353RailroadE1 5b ***92
354BaloobaVS 4c 7
355Sabre RattlerHVS 4c *17
356Stone MadHVS 5a 18
357RevivalHVS 5a 7
358CurlewVS 4c 17
359ContortionsVS 4c 17
360Poxy AreteE2 5c 1
361ContractionsVS 5a 17
362FoxyHS 6
363Good Morning JudgeHVS 5a 31
364EnergizeE1 5b ** 
365Fáth Mo BhuarthaE1 5b ***64
366GBHE3 6a ***40
367The Black ThiefVS 4b ***154
368The FenceVS 4c ***115
369The OffenceHVS 5a 15
370ResidueHS 4a 1
371Jungle RockVS 5a 2
372Los MolinosHS 4a 4
373La MolineroHVS 5a 5
374BrambleS 24
375Driodar na hAilleHS 10
376Simple MindsE1 5b *21
377SalamanderVS 4c 7
 FARRANGANDOO  
379Gunther GrassS 4
380CasablancaVS 4c 12
381CadizE1 5c  
382CairoHVS 5a  
383FargoE3 5c  
384Belfast CowboysE4 6a  
385The KerbE3 5c ** 
386Slittery SlatE2 5c ** 
387Crib Pad CrackE1 5b ***14
388Crib Pad Crack DirectE3 6a ***5
389Pangur BánHVS 5a ***30
390Dark CornersE1 5b 1
391LoosestrifeE1 5b 1
392AlleycatHVS 5b 1
393SamsonVS 4c *2
394LazarusVS 4c *11
395Hard RainE1 5b  
396JezebelHVS 5b *2
397VelocetteVS 4b *2
398The SquirtVS 4b 1
399EssenceE3 5c  
400Unnamed TripticE2 5c  
401Big HooothcherE3 6a  
402KorE3 5c  
403Joy DivisionE2 5c  
404Big SkyE2 5c *1
405The Royal ScamE1 5b  
406MoonfleetHVS 5a 1
407JuggernautHVS 5a  
408FlashoverE3 5c  
409KashubiaHVS 5a * 
410ChicargoHVS 5a  
411Speak EasyHVS 5a  
412Shere KhanE2 5c ** 
413LionheartE4 6a * 
414Watcher of the SkiesE2 6a  
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