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Lough Belshade (Belshade Buttress)

Co. Donegal, IRELAND

Climbs 11 – Rocktype Granite – Altitude 393m a.s.l – Faces SE

Crag features
The crags surrounding Lough Belshade in the centre of the Blue Stack Mts provide excellent climbing in beautiful surroundings. The routes are, almost without exception, on sound granite and well spread across the grades although the long routes on the main face of Belshade Buttress are all HVS and above. There is still plenty of scope for development. Friends are almost essential for protection on most routes.

Access notes
After passing through Barnesmore Gap on the Ballybofey/Donegal Town Road, look for signs on the right for Lough Eske. Drive around the lake in an anti-clockwise direction until, at the top of a steep hill, a wooden walker points the way down a narrow road to the right (Edergole) The narrow road leads to a small farmyard where cars can be parked. From here a way marked path leads up the valley passing (out of sight) the Doonan Waterfall which is well worth the short detour (50m) to the right to see. The river, and the marker posts are followed until the first major river junction, when a stream descends from Lough Belshade to the left. Follow this stream to arrive at the lake shore. Follow the lake shore to the right to arrive at a small beach at the northern end of the lake, directly below the crags.

Weather forecast

 Today  Sat  Sun  Mon  Tue 

1.5mm rain
Mainly cloudy
13 °C
23 kph

1.4mm rain
Mainly cloudy
10 °C
18 kph

0.1mm rain
Sun
15 °C
14 kph

7.5mm rain
Cloudy
17 °C
15 kph

10.3mm rain
Cloudy
14 °C
13 kph
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Guidebooks
Rock Climbing in Donegal (2013), Belshade Climbers guide (2013), Rock Climbs in Donegal (2013)

Climbs at this crag

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 Climb nameGradex
1Classical RevivalHVS 5a ***6
2More Snakes Than LaddersVS 4c *1
3ByzantiumVS 4c **2
4Land of Heart's DesireHVS 5a ***1
5WaterlooS 3c **1
 Climb nameGradex
6ConfrontationVS 4c 1
7Tuning-fork flakeHS 4a 1
8Gas GuzzlerHVS 5a ***1
9Taken at the Flood *E1 5b **1
* Climbs listed in red are waiting to be checked by a crag moderator, and may not be accurate.
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