Paragliding in Mt. Gabriel, Cork, Ireland

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County Cork is situated in the South-West Region of Ireland and is the largest of all Irish counties. The climate here, like the rest of Ireland, is classified as a maritime climate, usually with cool summers, mild winters and abundant rainfall. Cork enchants visitors with its beautiful landscapes, historic towns and magnificent coastline. In addition, it provides a number of sporting and leisure activities to perform and remember forever.

Bantry Bay is a natural bay that is situated in County Cork. The bay extends approximately 35 km/22 mi from northeast to southwest into the Atlantic Ocean. Mount Gabriel lies on the Mizen Peninsula, located to the north of the town of Schull and to the south of Bantry Bay. If you have a passion for paragliding, then you should definitely visit this spot.

From the peak of the mountain, you can admire the stunning views over Schull Harbour and Long Island Bay. But that is not all, as the location offers spectacular views of the Roaring Water Bay and its many beautiful islands. There is not a designated launch area, but there are many grassed places, where you can launch, facing into the wind.

The spot takes almost any wind direction, but the best wind directions are from the north, northeast and east. The take off altitude is at 385 m/1262 ft above sea level and the take off point is found at 51°33’30” (51.5586)N; 9°32’24” (9.5402)W. The landing point is found at 51°33’48” (51.5635)N; 9°32’41” (9.5448)W, at an elevation of 195 m/639.6 ft. Last but not least, Mount Gabriel is appropriate for more advanced pilots. Note: be careful of overhead wires in the landing fields.

How to Get to Destination

102km/63.6mi, 1h 46mins
Head east on Dyke Parade/N22 for Mardyke Street / Sráid Na Muirdíge. Turn right at the Mardyke Street / Sráid Na Muirdíge. Turn right onto Western Road/N22. Continue to follow the N22. Slight left at Victoria Cross/N71. Continue to follow the N71. Go through one roundabout. At the roundabout Sarsfield Road Roundabout / Timpeall Bhóthar an tSáirséalaigh, take the 3rd exit at South Ring Road/N40/N71. Continue to follow the N40. Go through one roundabout. Continue along N22. Turn left onto the R585. Turn left to stay on R585. Turn right to stay on R585. Continue to R587. Turn right onto Chapel Street/R586. Continue to follow the R586. Turn left into Bridge Street/R586. Turn right onto West Green/R586. Continue to follow the R586. Turn left onto the N71. Turn right. Turn left. Take the first right turn. Turn right. Turn left. Turn right. Road partially restricted.
Cork Airport,
98.6km/61.4mi 1h 43mins

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