Sport-climbing

 
To date there is a limited amount of sport-climbing in Ireland. The most established and frequented sport-climbing venue is Ballykeefe Quarry in Kilkenny.
 
The development of sport-climbing venues and the placement of bolts is a contentious issue among the climbing community of Ireland. Following significant debate and consultation a Bolting Policy was adopted by Mountaineering Ireland, available to download here: Mountaineering Ireland - 2016 Bolting Policy.
 
For information on best practice in developing a climbing area, access and legal issues please contact Mountaineering Ireland before carrying out any work.
 

Guidebooks

Published guidebooks are available from the Mountaineering Ireland online shop, from the Mountaineering Ireland office and from outdoor shops.
Click on the links below to go to the Mountaineering Ireland online shop:
You will also find information about Ballkkeefe Quarry on the www.climbing.ie Routes Database: Ballykeefe Quarry

Access & Environment

All of these places we climb are located on land which is under either private or state ownership. Access for rock climbers to these venues is permitted as long as rock climbers respect the owners and conduct themselves in a responsible manner. Here are a few guidelines to help maintain this balance:
  • Seek the landowners permission where possible
  • Be considerate where you park your car
  • Close any gates after you
  • Do not cause damage to fences or any other property
  • Do not leave any rubbish after you
  • Keep the noise levels down
  • Do not bring dogs where livestock are present
To reiterate the information above, the development of sport-climbing venues and the placement of bolts is a contentious issue among the climbing community of Ireland. Following significant debate and consultation a Bolting Policy was adopted by Mountaineering Ireland, available to download here: Mountaineering Ireland - 2016 Bolting Policy.
 
For information on best practice in developing a climbing area, access and legal issues please contact Mountaineering Ireland before carrying out any work.