Altitude 11m a.s.l
Climbing on Gola island, Northern Ireland © Nick Sillem
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. The rough is a very rough granite that has the ability to tear rubber from your shoes and skin from your fingers.
There are a number of crags on the island. The names and map reference for the main crags are as follows:
Binatoke Area B759273
Easter Wall B758266
Gripple Wall B763271
Inland Crag B761274
Island Wall and Zawn B757272
Main Wall B760271
Mhachaire na nGall Walls B764271
Narrow Zawn B762271
NW Zawn Area B762275
Owey Wall B758272
Scoilt Uí Dhugáin (Scollydoogan) B763276
South West Corner B755268
South side Buttress B763268
Twin Cave Buttress Area B759272
John?s Wall B757266
Torglass Island B756266
Climbs are listed from left to right on each crag.
Best option is to phone Gola Island Ferry in advance on 00353-(0)872245881 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 times change due to tides.Gola Ferry Service
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.
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