Sail rock is an 80 meter high Quartzite sea cliff which forms the East facing wall of a huge scooped out amphitheatre. There are currently eight recorded rock climbs on the wall from a very amenable "Roaring Forties" at VS 4c to a very hard "Castaway" at E6 6b. All the routes on the wall are excellent and well worth doing but it is the route called "Main Mast" at E2 5b/c which climbs the central fault of the wall which sees the most ascents by far and is regularly called "The best route in Ireland."
The base of Sail Rock acts a huge catchment feature and is prone to huge swells from both the South and South West directions. if the base of the face is taking green there are alternative climbing locations to both the East and West of Sail Rock at Skelpoonagh Bay, Malinbeg and Muckross Head.
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