The crags surrounding Lough Belshade in the centre of the Blue Stack Mountains provide excellent climbing in beautiful surroundings. The routes are, almost without exception, on sound granite and well spread across the grades although the long routes on the main face of Belshade Buttress are all HVS and above. There is still plenty of scope for development. Friends are almost essential for protection on most of the routes.
Lough Belshade and Eglish Valley are the two main climbing locations in the Bluestack mountains, both these loaction are in the mountainous uplands of Donegal and require dry stable weather to allow good climbing. If the weather is poor in the mountains the alternative is to head for the coast and visit Muckross head, Malinbeg or Skelpoonagh. These alternative climbing venues live on relatively low laying ground a don't catch anywhere near as much rain as the uplands.
For all the other rock climbing locations and for further free PDF guidebooks covering the entire county of Donegal visit Undiscovered Donegal.
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