Climbs 313 – Rocktype Gneiss – Altitude ? – Faces all

Crag features
Along with its neighbouring islands, this is one of the best rock climbing destinations in Britain, as well as one of the most remote. Big, steep cliffs of immaculate gneiss in a stunning location, with some convenient smaller crags as well.

Although plenty of lower grade climbs do exist, it is generally recommended to be leading or at least pushing E2 in order to access the best of the place.

Access notes
By boat!

The island has been uninhabited since 1912 and is now owned by the National Trust. There is a designated camping area next to the ruins and above the bay on the east side of the island.

Access to some sectors (Great Arch, Pink and Grey Walls) requires 100m abseil ropes.

Scottish Rock - North (2009),
Out of print: Skye and Hebrides (1999)

Climbs at this crag

Sort climbs
 Climb nameGrade
2Seal WallVD  
3Too Hard for the SMCS  
5LottieHVS 5b  
6Taxi for TamE3 6a * 
7More Training RequiredE1 5b  
8The Ethics PoliceE3 5c *1
9Rising DampVS 4c 1
10Thuggy CrystalHVS 5a 1
11SqueakE2 5c  
12The Whoop of the AviatorE1 5b * 
13No More TicksHVS 4c  
14Ticks TooVS 4c  
15The Trouser's Last StandS 4a  
16Oh No, Not Another Tick!VS 4c  
17Wing 'n' PrayerE2 5c  
19Stalking the CorncrakeVS 4c *2
20Pleasant RibVD * 
21Beach BumsVS 4c *1
22The Loneliness of the Long Distance TokerHVS 5a *4
23LazybedsHS 4b *3
24LateVS 4c *6
25EarlyHS 4b *1
26LaterD *3
2737th TickS 4a * 
28Far From the FunicularHVS 5a **3
29Dice Onions or DieHVS 5a *5
30Sand FliesHVS 5a *2
31Serious SmoochingVS 4c * 
33Time for a CormorantVD * 
34ReprieveVD * 
35Re-tyredD * 
36Spare RibS 4a * 
37First GrooveS 4a 5
38Wildlife on TwoVS 4b *1
39Third GrooveVS 4b *1
40Spicy MayhemE1 5b * 
41Designer RibE1 5a 2
42Deceptive CornerS 4a * 
43Easy OverE1 5b * 
44What Doing?E1 5b ** 
45Friends in TibetVS 5a * 
46Lobstered RossVS 5a  
47Left CrackVD * 
48Right CrackD * 
50Let Sleeping Storks LieE5 6a **8
51LifelineE3 5c ***11
52Immaculate ConceptionE2 5c ***17
53Head-Bred IanE2 5c **6
54Put a Sock in ItVS 4c  
55Ammonia ToppingVS 4c  
56Maverick PhenomenaHVS 5a **2
57Wee BairnsVS 4c  
58Two Skulls in the SunsetVS 4c * 
60Rum, Sodomy and the LashE3 5c *12
61Dogs of LawE4 6a *4
62Honorary CurbarE1 5b *7
63The Roaring 40sE3 6b *3
64Rebel without a PorpoiseE5 6a **1
65Rebel without a Porpoise Direct FinishE5 6a ***3
66Rebel without a Porpoise Pegmatite FinishE5 6a ** 
67The HerbrudeanE5 6a ***22
68The Herbrudean Direct FinishE6 6a 1
69The HerbalonerE6 6b * 
70Every Cormorant is a Potential ShagE7 6b ***1
71BARTE5 6a **1
72Jesus Don't Want me as a Shelf StackerE1 5c **7
73Sea An-EnemaE1 5b ***17
74Starboard GroovesHS 4b *2
75It's Not the Size that Matters...VS 4c  
77Up Before the BeakE3 5c ** 
78Deflated FlightVS 4c * 
79Shags with AttitudeE3 5c ** 
80Cracking CornerS 4a ** 
81Truly StunningVS 4c * 
82Quartz WaltzVS 4c * 
83Butterfly KissesVS 4c ** 
84Wok on the Wild SideHS 4b  
85Stealing BeautyHVS 5a * 
86Mussel CrackS 4a * 
87SweetnessE1 5b ** 
88Hunting the GripperVS 4c * 
89Groovy AttitudeVS 4b * 
90Splitting the GrowlerS 4a * 
91Barnacle BelayVS 4c * 
92Now It's Freda's TurnVS 4c * 
94What the Eagle?E3 5b ** 
95The Tomorrow PeopleE4 5c * 
96Tickled PinkE2 5b * 
97Aukward EscapeE4 6a **1
98Where Seagulls DareE3 5c **10
99Raiders of the Lost AukE4 5c **10
100Fondue MacpacE6 6b **1
101In Profundum LacuE5 6a ***22
102The BonxieE6 6b ***8
103Huffin' 'n' PuffinE6 6b *** 
104Huffin' 'n' Puffin DirectE6 6b ***2
105What! More PuffinE6 6b ***1
106I Suppose a Cormorant's Out of the Question Then?E5 6b ***7
107The Ancient MarinersE5 6a ***23
108What! No MarinersE5 6b ***1
109What! No PuffinE6 6a ***1
110GugaE5 6b ***7
112Amber NectarE5 6a ***8
113ElysiumE4 6a ***13
114UE4 6a * 
115E-upE2 5c *1
116OiE3 6a * 
117BravuraE7 6b *** 
118Spit in ParadiseE4 6a ***12
119More Steam McPhail!E6 6a *** 
120U-EiE2 5b ***55
121Pirates in ParadiseE2 5c **1
122U-THE3 5c ***15
123Mixmaster SnipeE1 5b **20
124Paradise RegainedE4 6a ***3
126The Three Mantras of HesitationE3 6a * 
127Dopes on a RopeE1 5b * 
129Redemption ArkE6 6b *** 
131The 36th ChamberE4 6a *1
132ChockarockaholicE2 5b **1
133Fools Rush OutE2 5b * 
134Flight of the Wibble-Wibble BirdE2 5c * 
135UnnamedE2 5b ** 
136GeomancerE6 6b ***4
137Parting ShotE5 6a ** 
138Jonny ScuttlebuttE5 6a ***4
139Vomtanion and the Three PunterneersE5 6a ** 
140Strawberry JellyfishE2 5b * 
141ArchipelagoE3 5c **1
142Ug-SpudchuckerE3 5c * 
143Fat LesE3 5c * 
144Ship of FoolsE5 6a ***10
145At the Drop of a HatE3 5c * 
146BlueE2 5b * 
147Fuhrer of the Sausage PeopleE3 5c * 
148ShamblesE3 5c *2
149Endolphin RushE3 5c ***60
150Endolphin DirectE3 5c ***2
151Adenosine Tri-HarderE4 6a *1
152Spring SquillE1 5b ***104
153Stealing a Seal's GazeE1 5b *14
154Oh No, Norman's in Reverse!HVS 5a *2
155Corncrake CornerHVS 5a **3
156Spooky PillarHVS 5a *6
157Oatcakes for LunchE1 5b **3
158Wee HottieE1 5b * 
159Hyper BalladE2 5c **7
160MollyhawkE1 5b **7
161The Posture JediE2 5c **2
162A Horizontal DesireE2 5c * 
163Stretch It OutVS 4c * 
164Warm UpS 4b * 
165One Foot in the GraveVS 4c **1
166Run Daftie RunE1 5b ** 
167Squat ThrustHS 4b * 
168Squat Thrust (Right Finish)HVS 5a ** 
169Prominent Nasty-Looking Offwidth GrooveE2 5b ** 
170Blo' na GaelHVS 5a *3
171Wind Against TideE1 5b ** 
172Wind Against Tide (Right Start)E1 5b ** 
173Tide RaceVS 4b *** 
174Cup FinalVS 5a * 
175Stiff Upper LipVS 4c * 
176Stiff BrieseVS 4c ** 
177At LastVS 4c * 
178Bald EagleVD * 
179Partial BastardE3 6a *3
180RaindanceE1 5b *1
181Beast It Like a KipperVS 5a * 
182Silver FoxHS 4b **3
183Treasure IslandVS 4b * 
184Grey CossackVS 4c *1
185The Curious BulgeHVS 5a 6
186Yob and Yag go Climbing - Part 2E2 5b **4
187Shags and the CityHVS 5b *2
188The Elephant of SurpriseHVS 5a **2
189Redundancy ManHVS 5a ***16
190Bye Bye to the WidowsHVS 5b ***17
191Shipping ViewsE1 5c *1
192Off Wid Emily's BikiniE2 5b **3
193Cereal KillerHVS 5b ** 
194Geovah's TicknessHVS 5b 1
195Ice Box ProseHVS 5a * 
196Wine Box ChimneyE1 5b * 
197Corn Choked CornerHVS 5a **1
198ApathetickVS 4c 1
199The Dip of DoomHVS 5a 1
200Refrigerator PoetryHVS 5a ** 
201Muses from AfarVS 4c *1
203Washed Out Yummicks on the Road to TransitionHVS 5a **2
205SquiggleS 4a  
206AbsolutionE1 5b ** 
207The HatmanVS 4b  
208Retreat Unthinkable!E1 5a  
209Yob and Yag Go ClimbingHVS 4c * 
210The Complete WorksS 4a *2
211Anthology AreteHVS 5a * 
212The Abridged VersionS 4a *2
213Wiggly WallHVS 5a ***32
214Wu-Tang ForeverE1 5b * 
215Conch CornerHVS 5a * 
216Winos in a Barren LandE3 5c ** 
217Wu-Tang Will SurviveHVS 5a *1
218The Engine RoomVS 4c  
220PoopVD *4
221One Last LookE4 6b ** 
222101 DamnationsE7 6b *** 
223The RavenE5 6a ***22
224Thursday's Setting SunriseE5 6a **8
225Don't Fool Yourself GirlE4 6b * 
226Bogus Asylum SeekersE3 6a ***13
227Corncrakes For BreakfastE2 5c ***68
228The StowawayS 4a *4
229IncommunicadoE2 5c *16
230Pause for JawsE2 5c **18
231Human CargoHS 4b *29
232GeovannieE1 5b **34
233PabbarottiE1 5b **27
234The ImmigrantHS 4b *9
235Notorious BIGE3 6a ***22
236Wetter Than a Day at the BeachE1 5b ***50
237Who Shot RJE2 5c **38
238Illegal AlienHVS 5a **50
239The CraikE3 6a ***23
240In the PinkE2 5b **8
241Castlebay CastawayVS 4c *2
242Party KitchenE2 5c **1
244Full Fathom FiveE2 5c *1
245Northumbrian RhapsodyE5 6b **1
246Child of the SeaE5 6b ***5
247Hebridean OverturesE5 6b *** 
248Sturm und DrangE5 6b * 
249The PriestE1 5b ***61
250Prophecy of DrowningE2 5c ***98
251The Breath of LifeE3 6a ***1
252The Great ArchE8 6c *** 
253Crash CourseE6 6b ***1
255The Obvious LineVD *1
256Not So ObviousS 4a *1
257Stating the ObviousHS 4b **1
258The ThumblerE2 6a **1
259The Shrinking MenE1 6a *1
261LeftieVS 4c ** 
262Das Ist Doch die Situation HeirS 4b * 
263Es Gibt Reis BabyHVS 5b **1
264KatzenkloVS 5a 1
265GeniestreichS 4b * 
266Chilly DickVS 5a *1
267TelephonmannS 4a * 
268Pat and PatachonS 4b * 
269Orang Utang KlausS 4b * 
270Snipe CornerS 4a  
271Shortbread FingersS 4b *1
273Nothing to DeclareVD * 
274Customs and ExerciseE1 5b * 
275Prophecy of PaddlingE1 5b * 
277One Armed BanditVS 5a  
278The Missing ArmVS 4c  
279Afternoon ShowersE1 5b * 
280Thirty Metre Cheese CourseHVS 5a * 
281Barra CrackVS 5a  
282The Frailty of LifeE2 5c **1
283Ta Mo ChridheS  
284Black GuillemotVS 4b * 
285Mr DressupS 4a  
28715 Minutes of FunE1 5b **2
288Zen Left-HandE2 5b ** 
289Zen and the Art of Corncrake ManagementE3 5c ** 
290Zen DirectE4 6a ** 
291Wee FreeVD **2
292Corncrake ChorusHS 4b **1
293Escape from AllanishM **2
294The Cruel SeaVS 4c ** 
295Ripple SlabS 4a ** 
296Un-namedVS 4c ** 
298Wee BillS  
299More Whine and WhiskeyHS  
300Tick Tack ToeVS 4c * 
301BooshE5 6a **1
302Harry HoofterE2 5c * 
303Bint There Dun ItE1 5b **20
304Hoofer's RouteE1 5b ***34
305The RampHS 4b **7
306SkuaedHS 4b *1
307Cast and ShadowHVS 5a *3
308Right ChimneyVD * 
309HypnotiseHVS 5a **16
310Fracture ClinicE2 5c **20
311Squeeze JobHVS 5a *4
312Rite of PassageE4 6a *1
313Honey TrapE6 6a ** 
314More Lads and MolassesE5 6a **4
315Fear an BhataE4 6a **1
316As Sound as Mr JAE2 5b **10
317JA's MaelstromE4 5c *2
318Sugar Cane CountryE4 6a ***46
319Brother RayE5 6b **2
320Vitrified CindersHVS 5b **1
321Buckets for BreakfastHVS 4c **12
323Tick-tackVS 4c  
324Another TickHVS 5a  
325Double TickE1 5c  
327Midget GemD * 
328Just a TickHS 4b * 
329Windy CornerHS 4b * 
330Sudden SquallE2 5c * 
331Riff-Raff-RoofHVS 5b * 
332Headless DuckE1 5b * 
334Squall WallHS 4b * 
335TempestVS 4c * 
336EliminatorHVS 5a * 
337ZephyrHVS 5a * 
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The Outer Hebrides offer the best climbing in Britain.
Ian Jones - 30/Jun/10