/ DESTINATION GUIDE: Donegal
Looks great but seems to have a map of Dublin in the article??
That's a hell of a lot of crags around Dublin - can that be real?
Fantastic article - one of the reasons that UKC is on this planet!
However as a climber and regular visitor to the area I can add a couple of bits... Travel wise you can fly direct into Derry Airport, which also has car rental facilities and, being just over the border, is a short drive to Donegal. There's also an excellent indoor climbing wall in Derry, which is worth knowing in case it rains. Which it will.
There's also a yearly Climbfest held by a local climbing club every year over the Mayday bank holiday. We went a couple of years ago, and it's a great way to meet other climbers in the area and discover new routes and crags.
Good point. The climbfest thing is/has been based on Cruit Island and Malinbeg which are ideal for loads of friendly cragging. Check out the website of the Colmcille Club for details:- http://colmcille-climbers.com/2018/03/climbfest-2018-info/
We stumbled across ClimbFest this year as we were celebrating a friend's 30th birthday on the cliffs there. Was so jealous not to have any climbing kit with me (but we shared our Guinness cake with some climbers!), and I cannot wait to get back out there to climb next year.
Not been since the 70’s but l found the Poison Glen to be everything a mountain crag should be. Remote and serious and visited by fellow Yorkshiremen in the 50’s; the Drasdo’s and Austin. We did Nightshade on a fine Easter Day.
Not much mention of it in the article considering it is Ireland’s biggest crag.
"Climb of Quality" in the first ever Climber magazine I bought ( and therefore the first time I ever heard of AA)
Good point, but biggest doesn't always mean best. Iain will have climbed on it and might be able to add something about it, but I didn't and can't. Perhaps yur comment will encourage some people to go have a look when they go.
Alas being north facing and with a huge amount of soil, turf and heather above, it takes a long time to dry out. four new lines on this face in last decade or so. Apart from these lines everything else is hugely overgrown. its not really a place to be recommended to visiting climbers as its rarely in condition and very overgrown.
The potential of PG is huge but requires a lot of time, patience and good weather, much the same as all Donegal's mounta8n crags
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