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Climb the Sea Stacks of County Donegal

Climb to pinpoint summits 100m above the ocean off the Irish coast. 4 days. 2 days off work.

Negotiating your way down steep sea cliffs to beautiful storm beaches 250m below, you’ll cross the ocean to towering sea stacks waiting to be scaled. Atop the pristine sea stack tops, you’ll look out over a wild and rugged landscape of the Irish coast.

Your hassle-free adventure includes:

  • 2 days climbing
  • 3 nights’ guesthouse accommodation
  • Local, certified guide
  • All climbing equipment
  • Local transfers
  • Airport transfers
  • All taxes, insurances and licenses relative to the trip

Perfect for: Those with previous climbing experience looking for a challenge in Ireland’s remote coastline.

Need To Know

The following are not included in the trip price:

  • Flights to and from Donegal airport
  • Dinners
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance

This trip will run with a minimum of 1 and a maximum of 2.

You need to be fairly fit for this trip; getting to some of the sea stacks can be just a challenging as the climbs. You should also have some previous experience of outdoor climbing.

Prepare for anything; the west coast of Ireland can bring you all four seasons in one day, no matter the time of year.

Food is not included on this trip.

Breakfast is available at the guesthouse, as are packed lunches for you to take with you on your climbing days. For dinner, there are a number of traditional Irish pubs to choose from offering great food and a great atmosphere.

  • All climbing equipment
  • Hiking boots
  • Comfortable hiking layers

Other recommendations are: - Camera - Mobile phone - Personal medicine if required (please inform your guide in case of emergency)

Donegal Airport (CFN) is served by flights from all over Europe. You’re free to book whichever flights you like as long as they meet the included transfer times.

Start point?
You will be met at Donegal Airport (CFN). Your transfer will meet all flights scheduled to land by 20:05. Your host will be in touch before your trip to finalise details.

Finish point?
At the end of your trip, you’ll be transferred back to Donegal Airport (CFN). You are free to book any flight departing after 07:55 on Monday morning. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Getting there and away?
Donegal Airport (CFN) is served by flights from all over Europe. You’re free to book whichever flights you like as long as they meet the included transfer times. Your host will contact you before you leave to check your arrival and departure plans.

For extra financial protection against unforeseen circumstances, we recommend you book your flights using a credit card.

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Location

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The county of Donegal sits on the north-west tip of Ireland and boasts more rocks and climbing routes than Ireland in its entirety; 3000 recorded climbs on over 170 cliffs. This part of Ireland is beautiful in its remote location, unspoilt with many rocks untouched. The landscape here is isolated and wild that golden eagles have been re-introduced to the region.

To visit Donegal is an escape; The Rosses area is bounded by rivers and presents a rocky barren landscape, studded with lakes and inlets of sea with storm beaches. There is very little industry in The Rosses; it has its own indigenous supermarket and otherwise relies heavily on tourism.

Start point?
You will be met at Donegal Airport (CFN). Your transfer will meet all flights scheduled to land by 20:05. Your host will be in touch before your trip to finalise details.

Finish point?
At the end of your trip, you’ll be transferred back to Donegal Airport (CFN). You are free to book any flight departing after 07:55 on Monday morning. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Getting there and away?
Donegal Airport (CFN) is served by flights from all over Europe. You’re free to book whichever flights you like as long as they meet the included transfer times. Your host will contact you before you leave to check your arrival and departure plans.

For extra financial protection against unforeseen circumstances, we recommend you book your flights using a credit card.

What to Expect

Day 1: Arrive in Donegal

You’ll arrive at the beautiful Donegal Airport in the early evening and be met by your host who will transfer you to your accommodation.

Get an early night and plenty of rest ahead of two big climbing days.

Day 2: Climbing on Cruit Island and Bristi Sea Stack

This morning, you’ll visit Cruit Island, one of the most developed rock climbing spots in Ireland. The granite cliffs on the island have many orientations so you are guaranteed plenty of climbing practice regardless of the tide.

From here, you’ll visit your first stack – Bristi Sea Stack. This arch stack is 25m high and sits 100m from the shore making it the ideal introduction to sea stack climbing.

After a long day, you’ll head back to the guesthouse where you’ll stay tonight ahead of your second climbing day tomorrow.

Day 3: Climb Cnoc na Mara (Hill of the Sea)

Today, you‘ll climb the 100m high sharks fin sea stack known as the Hill of the Sea. With an impressive 150m long arête, it’s known as one of the most rewarding climbs in Ireland.

You’ll descend a steep grassy cliff slope for 200m before abseiling from the two peg belay to Shambala storm beach. From here, it’s a 125m sea passage to the base of the stack. Whichever route you climb the stack you’ll do so in four pitches with two return abseils.

With aching limbs, you’ll return to the guesthouse for a final night ahead of your early flight home in the morning.

Note: This itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, and weather conditions and forecasts.

Accommodation

You’ll stay at the River House Guesthouse in a private double room. A home-from-home, The River House offers free WiFi and Netflix. A laundry service and bike rental are also available.

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