News 2018 

Title:  Access for rock climbing at the Old Head of Kinsale
Date:  13/09/2018

Access for rock climbing at the Old Head of Kinsale

Mountaineering Ireland is pleased to report that an agreement has been renewed with the Commissioners of Irish Lights and the Old Head Golf Links for rock climbing on the Old Head of Kinsale.

Under this agreement access is limited to Mountaineering Ireland members and is subject to approval by the Old Head Golf Links and the Commissioners of Irish Lights who both own part of the climbing area at the Old Head.

Requests for access to climb at the Old Head must be made at least three days in advance. Requests should be sent via e-mail to: oldheadclimbing@mountaineering.ie. The request must include a full list of climbers wishing to climb at the Old Head and include an expected date and time of arrival. A maximum of 10 people and two vehicles are allowed per visit. The new Climbing Access Co-ordinator for the Old Head, John Healy, or Damien O’Sullivan in the Mountaineering Ireland office will liaise with the Commissioners of Irish Lights and the Old Head Golf Links to confirm if access is available for your group.

An updated code of conduct for climbing at the Old Head has been agreed with both the Commissioners of Irish Lights and the Old Head Golf Links. Continuation of climbing at the Old Head of Kinsale depends on climbers adhering to this Code of Conduct. All climbers who go to the Old Head of Kinsale share in the responsibility of ensuring that the relationship between the climbing community and the landowners at the Old Head remains positive. Climbers should particularly note that the climbing area is very close to the family home of the lighthouse keeper and due consideration should be made to respect their privacy.

 

Photo: Richard Creagh

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