Sail Rock location in Co. Donegal

Sail Rock - Roaring Forties

The route takes a line up the lefthand side of the slab finishing in a steep but well protected final pitch.

Grade VS 4c
Length 81m
Pitches 3
Approach 20min

The Route Topography

This is the route Roaring Forties on Sail Rock in Co. Donegal, Ireland. It represents 81m of Quartzite rock climbing, usually over 3 pitches, of a max grade of VS 4c. Clicking the image will load the full screen high resolution Roaring Forties climb topo.

Original Image: Iain Miller

Approach & Descent Information

Follow the signs posts for Slieve League view point from Killybegs through Carrick and Teelin villages to the road end car park for Slieve League. On foot now, walk the 2KM until you are looking over to the solitary watchtower. Descend towards the sea down a deepening gully, keeping the tower on your right. This will take you to a view point looking across at Sail Rock. Descent to the base is by abseil either down the face or down the ridge across the zawn from Sail Rock main face.

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Rock Climbing in Donegal

Rock Climbing in Donegal - pg. 80

A very comprehensive guide to Climbing Irelands North West County of Donegal. Author Iain Miller is a very accomplished climber and set many of the first accents in the book. The book is great value for money, however if you are on a budget, much of the material is posted free on Iain Millers Website

Availible Here R.R.P. £ 20
ISBN: 9780902940994

Weather & Local Conditions

Seasonal Weather Information

Note that some weather stations are close or even on the mountain, others are in nearby towns. Plan accordingly!

Estimated Rainy Days Per Month

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  • 13
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The graph shows the estimated average number of rainy days in the month that had more than 1mm rainfall or snow:

Estimated Temperature Per Month

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  • 1710
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  • 1610
  • 138
  • 105
  • 93

Estimated average high and low temperature in degrees Celsius for the given month.

Listed Nearby Climbs

The are some top quality multi-pitch rock climbs nearby. Guidebooks (see above) will have a more comprehensive list of other local climbing venues.

Cnoc Na Mara on Tormore Group
152m climb graded VS 4b.
15km away

There are currently over 40 published multi-pitch climbs on the site.

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