Gull Island

Added: 2011-11-02
Gull Island

 Gull Island is a huge sea stack sitting in the middle of a huge expanse of lonely, remote and uninhabited coastline. Stretching 12KM to the East and West of this stack is a wall of outrageous 300m sea cliffs, which effectively guard this coastline.

 Access is by walking 4KM over the Slievetooey summit from the south and descending it's northern slopes to an outstanding location on the clifftops over looking Gull Island. Descend the very steep grass to the boulder beach joining Gull Island to the mainland. The is an abseil stake in place (2009) to safegaurd the initial part of the descent. This takes you to a huge spit of sea washed boulders joining Gull Island to the mainland Of Donegal.

 Soaring above you is an arete of biblical proportions leading to the massive summit of Gull Island. More route details in the Donegal sea stack guidebook.

 The stack is climbed in three huge pitches up this landward arete. The first pitch could be call the death pitch as it is unprotected for it's first 40m but thankfully presents easy climbing. This takes you to a slabby flatening and a tri-peg belay. The following 100m of climbing takes you directly up the arete with an excellent mixure of big block scrambling, slabby crimping and jungle bashing.

 The summit of Gull Island is a huge expanse of untouch and unspoilt wilderness with several birds of prey, many ground nesters and the odd rabbit/puffin burrow in attendance on this 100 square metre summit.



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