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Clare Island Trad Climbing

June 3, 2022 @ 8:00 am - June 6, 2022 @ 5:00 pm

Imcweb Events Meets Clare Island Cc By . Corey Taratuta

Here’s a golden opportunity to enjoy climbing in a unique, stunning location, with members of all ages. The venue is a friendly, south facing single pitch crag on Clare island and an older experienced crew are signed up to support newer members of the Club. This is a Gerry Moss developed crag (another one!), and he tells us there’s plenty of opportunity for new routes of all grades.

Led by our very own expert in Irish Islands, David Walsh, you can check out the crag here

Booking Ahead

Booking ahead for ferries, the campsite, bikes etc is advised as its a Bank Holiday weekend. Register for the event, then a WhatsApp group will be set up to co-ordinate the meet.




Costs about 17 euro return and 6 euro for a bike. The last Ferry to the island is 6.45pm Thurs night and 8.45pm Fri night (but confirm your time and booking with the Ferry co.)

Learn more here

Clare Island Campsite
Situated just above the beach and across the road from the Community Centre Bar. There are showers/toilets and washing machine/dryer facilities. If you camp, you can eat “out” in the bar 50 yards away.
For more details, contact Mary 086 0267798

Recommend you bring a bike. The campsite is very close to the pier and pub/food but the crag is 5km+ away. Hire bikes are available here
Contact Andrew O’Leary +353(0)861704295

EastWest Mapping  Clare Island at 1:7,500 Highly recommended.

The crag is partly affected by tides, David Walsh will help plan around this. Summary of sweet spots for climbing

Friday 03 1130 – 1730
Saturday 04 1200 – 1830
Sunday 05 1300 – 1900
Monday 06 1400 – 2000

David Walsh 087 2546054 david@davidwalshlegal.ie


June 3, 2022 @ 8:00 am
June 6, 2022 @ 5:00 pm


Clare Island
Clew Bay
Mayo, Ireland
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3 thoughts on “Clare Island Trad Climbing

  1. From David Walsh. I intend to set up a WhatsApp Group for ease of communication between persons with interest in this meet. My number is 087 2546054. I am keen to hear from anyone with fairly recent experience of the hostel or the camping on the island as I haven’t camped there for about 5 years, or any useful information really, about the island, the eating houses, the drinking houses, the important stuff.

    1. I have a source of information living on the island and he firmly confirms a few details of interest.
      1. Campsite 5 minutes on foot from the ferry.
      2. The 2012 hostel 5 minutes on foot from the campsite is now a posh hotel.
      3. The food in the hotel is excellent.
      4. Pub-grub also excellent in the community centre (“pub” to non-islanders) right beside campsite.
      5. For the common or garden crag rat, no “realistic” alternative to camping emerged from these discussions.
      6. There is an excellent shop on the route to the crag, near the Abbey, a distance from the campsite.
      David Walsh 087 2546054

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