Ireland contains some of the most beautiful and hidden Rock Climbing venues in Europe. They may not have the grandeur of the Alps or the sheer size of Himalayas but they can contain a BIG adventure in stunning locations.
Dublin City is an ideal base for exploring the rock climbing venues of Ireland.
Dalkey Quarry on the outskirts of Dublin has over 300 rock routes and has the best views of Dublin City hands down. Access is excellent via train, bus or by car with the beautiful village of Dalkey just 10 minutes walk from the quarry.
Wicklow contains some of the best rock climbing routes in Ireland, is 1 hour and 30 mins from Dublin City, and the situations are truly beautiful. Glendalough is a major tourist attraction known for it’s history, magnificent trail hikes and beauty but it also contains rock routes of the highest standard with views down the valley towards the upper lake.
Great Gully Ridge is an outstanding alpine-style route hidden high in the Wicklow Mountains providing some of the most committing and exposed climbing in Ireland. This ridge is committing, magnificent and provides a full long day of adventure that is unique in Ireland.
The Mournes Mountains is approx 1hr 30mins from Dublin City and is home to hundreds of rock routes enveloped within the incredibly beautiful mountain landscape. Each venue is unique and usually has a view that you would visit for it’s own sake. The climbing is delicate, thoughtful and outstanding. The hiking that is required to gain access to most of the rock climbing venues in the Mournes is very special in it’s own right.
Fairhead is a 5km long sea cliff just 3hrs from Dublin City and is the jewel in the crown of rock climbing in Ireland. The situations and views are mind blowing and the rock routes are among the best in Europe. Fairhead is big, impressive, intimidating, and beautiful beyond words can describe.