The near roadside mountain crags centred around Lough Barra provide all the ingredients for remote mountain crag climbing all within a twenty-minute walk from the car. This area is also an excellent base for the areas of Glenveagh and the mighty Poisoned Glen crags.
The Bingorms area is generally referred to as Lough Barra, due to its close proximity and excellent roadside parking at this huge loch. The crags are split into five main areas on the south face of Slieve Snaght in the Derryveagh Mountains.
The Derryveagh mountain crags located around Lough Barra provide excellent multi-pitch climbing on solid nicely featured rock. The crags, in general, face south-east and get a huge amount of direct sun all years. This means they rarely freeze and get wintery but on the plus side they dry very quickly.
The largest and most mountainous crag in this area is Bingorm West, with its huge sweeps of granite and easy access. Routes on this crags have seen regular ascents (meaning maybe one ascent a year) since their first ascents in the fifties. The most popular route by far is Tarquinns Groove at Hard Severe and this provides a very amenable 4 or 5 pitch route on solid rock.