Beginners with good fitness
When to go
All year round
This adventure takes place near Falcarragh (Ireland), a beautiful little town with a stunning beach. This is the perfect activity for those seeking an unforgettable outdoor challenge in a wild coastal landscape. More people have walked on the moon than have stood on these sea stacks.
On the day you can expect your guide to meet you at your accommodation at 8.00am. You will then drive to the access point and prepare for the upcoming day.
Your adventure kicks off with a 250m descent of a sea cliff to arrive at beach level. You'll then launch from the shore to cross open ocean to land at the base of a towering stack of immaculate rock. You will then negotiate your way up this 100m tower to reach a summit few have ever attained.
Standing on a pinpoint summit above the ocean, far out from the nearest point of land, can easily be described as a truly spiritual experience.
All in all this is a fantastic option because it’s open to everyone and doesn't require any previous climbing experience, just a sense of adventure. This has to be one of the most adventurous experiences on offer, not just in the UK but in the world.
We recommend you first contact the guide to agree a date, then book your accommodation. Adventure sorted!
Iain Miller is a highly experienced Mountaineering Instructor who provides one of the most unique adventures on our planet. Sea stack climbing is his niche and the mountaineering guidebooks he's produced are testament to his intimate knowledge of County Donegal. A day out with Iain is a truly special experience and no doubt will leave you with memories and inspiration for years to come.
The guide has developed a unique collection of sea stack climbing options, from single pitch routes to more extreme multi-pitch routes. All days out are very much based on your ideas, fitness and general weather and sea conditions on the day.
Additional days can be booked (ask the guide).
Please note you have to be 18 years or over to book this adventure (unless accompanied by a parent or guardian).
Wilderness Now does not provide this activity. It acts as agent facilitating your entry into a contract in respect of this activity, which is provided by iain Miller.
- Kit for borrowing
- Option for pickup from bus/train/airport
- Transport during the adventure
- Meals/ drinks
How to get there
Plane to Falcarragh
You can fly to Donegal from London airports via either Dublin or Belfast. Then a local taxi will get you there.
Car to Falcarragh
To get to Falcarragh by car from London involves taking the ferry from Holyhead to Dublin and then driving up into the North West corner of Northern Ireland. The whole journey takes around 11 hours 20 mins including 2 hour 45 on the ferry.
Where to stay
If you want somewhere excellent to stay then the guide can provide accommodation for up to 3 people in Donegal Mountain Lodge. Set in a remote location, the Lodge offers panoramic views of mountains and stunning star filled nights.
This is the ideal walkers and climbers base, with looped lowland walks from the front door, the Derryveagh uplands just 10 minutes away and several lifetimes of world class rock climbing in all directions.
I can't find the words to tell you how excellent the 2 days of climbing were. Even in winter conditions, it shows the value of local knowledge to at least have some dry walls to climb, Ian seems to know every nook and cranny on the Donegal coastline. I enjoyed the full winter climbing, then sun and clear skies and white water wow wow fab place and excellent climbing. Thanks for the superb training I felt safe and in the moment, fully alive and concentrating. Looking forward to the next trip.
I had a fantastic time! What an unsung and underrated part of Ireland is Donegal. I couldn't recommend a better way to experience it's wildness than with Iain, very well done!