North Western Traverse of priest Island
1 mile long
A few leaps into Dinghy required to cross the caves
ruairidh - 05/Mar/12
Looks great! Summer Isles again? What are the practicalities of rocking up at Achiltibuie and sorting passage out to the Isles, is it even possible without your own boat? Cheers.
Southern Man - 06/Mar/12
This is priest Island about 4 miles out from Achiltibuie.
Closest island to Achiltibuie is
Horse Island 1 mile out (some good Bouldering)
Tanera mor 1 mile out (has some routes done 30m max)
lots of new potential
Tanera beag 1 mile out(has some routes done 40m max)
loads and loads of new potential
Priest Island (has no routes done 50m max)
Masses of new potential
Local boats some fishing some tourist trips possible from Old Dornie near Achiltibuie.
Dinghy required to get ashore for most islands especially Priest and calm seas required , the Minch can get very very spicy if it blows 5/6+ from the north / south west.
All in all a proper adventure trip, regardless of what routes get done.
ruairidh - 06/Mar/12
North Western Traverse XS 1 Mile
Extremely exciting day out requiring bold climbing and bold boating skills
(you could do this with wetsuits if thats your thing)
Start at north western tip of island and start the mile long traverse just above the shin slicing barnacles crossing the slab, cave and minch buttresses to the south western tip. Very spectacular situations. Several geos had to be crossed by dinghy Taxi / spotter Several leaps of faith requiring accuracy and timing to land in the dinghy.
(This is a serious route for the spotter/dinghy pilot as swells are always 1m or more,in the dinghy is VS.)(Tesco value Dinghy's not recommended)
ruairidh - 06/Mar/12
Looks terrifying. Might be worth mentioning that Priest Island is a Special Protection Area and nationally important for Storm Petrels.
Jimmy56 - 06/Mar/12
We are fully aware that Priest Island and quite a lot of other places we are blessed with having on our doorstep have appropriate SSSI status, and we treat them accordingly as we expect others to do so.
Your point being?
ruairidh - 07/Mar/12
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Ruiridh - No need to be hostile ! Jimmy's point is fairly obvious and that is if you're going to publicise the area for other climbers to be attracted to then they may well not know the special conservation status or the fact that Storm Petrels are present
Al Todd - 10/Mar/12