Owey Island sits off the Northern tip of Cruit Island and is only accessible by a short passenger ferry crossing. The ferry runs from the far northern end of Cruit Island from the pier below the golf course club house and berths at the South East tip of Owey Island. This superb natural harour on Owey provides lee from 90% of sea states alas it does not cope very well with large North to North East motion as the harbour entrance can be closed by violent white water.
Always give Dan the ferryman a call on 00353 (0) 866013893 prior to leaving home for Owey to ensure the ferry is running.
The climbing on Owey can be easily subdivided into two distinct sections, the Western End and the Eastern End. These two climbing areas at opposite end of the island each provide lee from the predominant South West and North West sea motions. With carful observation of the current and predicted sea states climbing on the island can be achieved in all but the most extreme nautical rage.
The climbing on Owey is very similar to the much better known Gola Island, in terms of atmosphere and setting. Many of the cliffs require a slightly more adventurous approach with most of the routes having only ever been climbed once.
There are a couple of accommodation options for an overnight stay on the island, Owey Island Cottage Hostel provide self catering accommodation in their newly renovated cottage in the centre of the island. There are very limited facilities on the island with wild camping as the only alternative option for an overnight stay. The area of flat ground around the harbour is the ideal campsite with the old stone walls providing excellent shelter. The only source of fresh water is the stream that runs through the village on the island, during periods of dry weather this stream can get a wee bit low and brown in colour. The best advice for visiting the island is to take everything you need with you. It is very possible to make a day trip to Owey and get good climbing done, simply give Dan a call and arrange crossings.
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