Gap of Dunloe

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Climbing

GAP OF DUNLOE

The Gap of Dunloe is a glacial mountain pass with a selection of routes of various grades, lengths and styles. It’s a good place for those into trad climbing and there are abseil chains available in Bothán and Agent Orange or opportunities to take on intermediate climbs with top rope or lead rope.

 

Climbs are divided into crags located on the east and west sides of the Gap. If there’s a south-westerly wind, it’s better to climb on the west side. If there’s good sun, Bothán on the east side is a good bet. If there’s no wind, local climbers will tell you to avoid Caim or else be eaten alive by midges. Compared to other rock climbing locations, the Gap is convenient as there is plenty of parking nearby.

 

Pick a climb that matches your ability level and climbing style because every option has amazing views.

THE CLIMB

Day 1 Training
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Day 2 Rafting Whitewater
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Day 3 Rafting The Chilko
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A climb with a view

Crags here are red sandstone shaped by a glacier into a U-shaped pass flanked by MacGillycuddy's Reeks. There's a reason the Gap is one of the most photographed places in Ireland.

Where to start

The west side of the Gap has the most climbs, with Brennan’s Leap being the first port of call for most new climbers to the area.

Logging new ascents

New climbs can be logged in a book at Kate Kearney's or on the routes database www.climbing.ie.

Relax after your climb

Kate Kearney's Cottage is a pub and restaurant at the foot of the Gap that has been welcoming visitors for more than 150 years.

Gap of Dunloe

Reeks District

FAQ

This 5km long stretch of soft sand and wild dunes is ideal for summer and winter walks, as well as being a long-standing favourite for swimmers and surfers

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