Gola Island

Climbs 70 – Rocktype Granite – Altitude 11m a.s.l – Faces ?

Crag features
A couple of hundred routes on sea cliffs together with a small inland Crag make Gola a great weekend get away. Just watch for the tide before committing yourself to an absail down to sea level. Ask Jimmy the boatman for low/high tide times. The rough is a very rough granite that has the ability to tear rubber from your shoes and skin from your fingers.

Access notes
Best option is to phone Jimmy Sweeney in advance on 00353-75-31281 for arranging with him to drop you of on the island via his boat Can take about 15-20 people with gear. In the summer tourists also make use of this service so can be competition for boat space. Make sure you book in advance as its not a scheduled service and Jimmy will be able to advise on tide times.

Alternatively for smaller groups, in Summer the Tory ferry also operates from Bunbeg harbour. A phone call to Turasmara 075-31320/31340 and it should be possible to have the boat drop you off at Gola pier (but not at low tide), and hopefully pick you up again in the evening. Asking fishermen randomly at the Bunbeg pier has also proven successful.

Rock Climbing in Donegal (2013), Gola island rock climbers guidebook (2013), Rock Climbs in Donegal (2013)

Climbs at this crag

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 Climb nameGrade
1Not CQRVS 4c *3
2Lunch MoneyHS 4b *3
3Cornered RatsHVS 5b **7
4Hexes from HeavenS 4a 6
5Anchors AwayHVS 5a *4
6Pride of GolaS 4a ***22
7Ex Eagle /Big Trip /Island lifeVS 4c 10
8Corner BoyVS 4c *19
9Tasty MorselHVS 5a ***19
10Days of Wonder, Inland CragHVS 5a 21
11Tongue Job, Inland CragE1 5b **8
12Weathered WindowVS 4b 29
13LegislatorD 30
14RestitutionE3 5c **1
15AsgardE1 5b ***4
16Cois FarraigeHVS 5a ***2
17ThugVS 5a *6
18TrinityE1 5c ***7
19The PassionHVS 5a **13
20The GiftE2 5c ***4
21Gadaffy duckS 21
22Hot Cross BunsVD **10
23Days of Wine and RosesE1 5b 13
24BarabasHS 9
25ResurrectionHS 5
26Easter EggVS 3
27Speed Of DarknessHS 4a 6
28Vanishing PointE1 5b ***7
29Shifting skiesVS 4c 1
30Jungle ScreamVS 4c 4
31The MothmanVS 5a 6
32BootlegS 4a 10
33DidEye and ChinfaceS 4a 8
34CurrachVD 4
35LeopardHVS 5a **1
36The Ubiquitous BlueE1 5b **1
37Inscrutability PuffE2 5c **2
38Early Bird Gets the Clap, Second Mouse Gets the CheeseE3 6a **6
39Flake OutVS 5a **3
40You Forgot the Battery MummyVS 4c *4
41Get Off the BandwagonVS 4c *2
42Pigs GardenS 4a 10
43GorgonzollaE2 5c **4
44The Immaculate Conception of BenoitHVS 5a *1
45Holographic UniverseHVS 5a *1
46Smuggling RaisinsHVS 5a 1
47Seaside GrooveVD 1
4820 Yards a' Groanin'S 4a 4
49The Third PolicemanHVS 5a *2
50The Green PoolE1 5b ***3
51Attila the ThumbHVS 5a *2
52Flirting With The VoidE2 5c ***1
53TrundlewheelVS 4b *2
54C.U. BurnE1 5a **2
55Wizard's SleeveE1 5b *3
56Louse HouseHS 5b 2
57WaterworldS 1
58Ghost Road *E1 5b 1
59Kept Woman *D ***1
60Shagamorant *HVS 5a 1
61Gearrcach *E1 5b 2
62Buzz Light Year *HS 4b ***2
63The Cauldron Beneath *S 4a 1
64Old Salt *S 4a 1
65The Plagirist *VS 4b 1
66Sunny Side Up *VS 4c *1
67Incut/Little Gem *HVS 5a *1
68Reach & Grin *VS 4b 1
69For John *HVS 4c *1
70La Giaconda *E1 5b *1
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