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An Port Road End

Added: 2011-11-01
Sea Ward Face of "Chubby" Sea Stack
 

 An Port is quite simply a contender for the most beautiful place in Ireland, it is also a contender for the most remote public road end. A shade over 20 KM of winding B road from the N56 Ardara Road takes you to this surreal location.

 Directly out to sea from the road end storm beach is a collection of 6 Sea Stacks. The most obvious stack is the black phallus sitting approx 500m directly out to sea from the road end, known locally as Búd an Diabhal. (The Devils Penis) Sitting immediately to the North of Búd an Diabhal is "Chubby," these two stacks are composed of basalt and are a small part of a huge basalt vein that runs from Glencolmcille to Maghery. The other four stacks are classic wedge shapes composed of Ashfall Quartz.

 "Chubby" the squat basalt stack to the North of An Staca has 3 excellent easy graded rock climbs to it's summit, two routes climb it's slabby sea ward face and the north ridge is climbed at V.Diff. 

 Access to the stacks is by short sea passage either from the road end slip or from the atmospheric wee storm beach at the base of the first headland approx 500m north of the road end.

All six sea stacks provide excellent and mildly adventurous rock climbing in a stunning location.

 Several of these stacks pinpoint summits have been struck by lightning and have scorched summits. Check out the Donegal Sea Stack guidebook for more route details.  



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