Pabbay

Climbs 317 – 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.

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

Climbs at this crag

Sort climbs
 Climb nameGrade
 LENGEIGH POINT  
2Seal WallVD  
3Too Hard for the SMCS  
 ROSINISH WALL  
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  
 EVENING WALL  
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 * 
 SMALL BUOYS GEO  
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 **1
45Friends in TibetVS 5a * 
46Lobstered RossVS 5a  
47Left CrackVD * 
48Right CrackD * 
 BIG BLOCK SLOC  
50Let Sleeping Storks LieE5 6a **10
51LifelineE3 5c ***13
52Immaculate ConceptionE2 5c ***19
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 * 
 THE BAY AREA  
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 ***4
66Rebel without a Porpoise Pegmatite FinishE5 6a ** 
67The HerbrudeanE5 6a ***25
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 ***21
74Starboard GroovesHS 4b *2
75It's Not the Size that Matters...VS 4c  
 SHAG'S GEO  
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 * 
 THE PINK WALL  
94What the Eagle?E3 5b ** 
95The Tomorrow PeopleE4 5c * 
96Tickled PinkE2 5b * 
97Aukward EscapeE4 6a **1
98Where Seagulls DareE3 5c **11
99Raiders of the Lost AukE4 5c **12
100Fondue MacpacE6 6b **1
101In Profundum LacuE5 6a ***23
102The BonxieE6 6b ***10
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 ***25
108What! No MarinersE5 6b ***2
109What! No PuffinE6 6a ***2
110GugaE5 6b ***7
 THE GREY WALL  
112Amber NectarE5 6a ***8
113ElysiumE4 6a ***18
114UE4 6a * 
115E-upE2 5c *1
116OiE3 6a * 
117BravuraE7 6b *** 
118Spit in ParadiseE4 6a ***14
119More Steam McPhail!E6 6a *** 
120U-EiE2 5b ***58
121Pirates in ParadiseE2 5c **1
122U-THE3 5c ***18
123Mixmaster SnipeE1 5b **22
124Paradise RegainedE4 6a ***6
 YELLOW WALL  
126The Three Mantras of HesitationE3 6a * 
127Dopes on a RopeE1 5b * 
 THE CAVE  
129Redemption ArkE6 6b *** 
 BANDED WALL  
131The 36th ChamberE4 6a *1
132ChockarockaholicE2 5b **1
133Fools Rush OutE2 5b * 
134Flight of the Wibble-Wibble BirdE2 5c * 
135UnnamedE2 5b ** 
136GeomancerE6 6b ***5
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 ***17
145At the Drop of a HatE3 5c * 
146BlueE2 5b * 
147Fuhrer of the Sausage PeopleE3 5c * 
148ShamblesE3 5c *2
149Endolphin RushE3 5c ***68
150Endolphin DirectE3 5c ***2
151Adenosine Tri-HarderE4 6a *1
152Spring SquillE1 5b ***114
153Stealing a Seal's GazeE1 5b *15
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 **8
160MollyhawkE1 5b **10
161The Posture JediE2 5c **3
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 *4
171Wind Against TideE1 5b **1
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 **4
183Treasure IslandVS 4b * 
184Grey CossackVS 4c *2
185The Curious BulgeHVS 5a 6
186Yob and Yag go Climbing - Part 2E2 5b **4
187Shags and the CityHVS 5b *2
188Shags DirectE1 5c **1
189The Elephant of SurpriseHVS 5a **2
190Redundancy ManHVS 5a ***23
191Bye Bye to the WidowsHVS 5b ***21
192Shipping ViewsE1 5c *2
193Off Wid Emily's BikiniE2 5b **3
194Cereal KillerHVS 5b **3
195Geovah's TicknessHVS 5b 1
196Ice Box ProseHVS 5a * 
197Wine Box ChimneyE1 5b * 
198Corn Choked CornerHVS 5a **2
199ApathetickVS 4c 1
200The Dip of DoomHVS 5a 1
201Refrigerator PoetryHVS 5a ** 
202Muses from AfarVS 4c *1
 THE GALLEY  
204Washed Out Yummicks on the Road to TransitionHVS 5a **2
205SquidgeD  
206SquiggleS 4a  
207AbsolutionE1 5b ** 
208The HatmanVS 4b  
209Retreat Unthinkable!E1 5a  
210Yob and Yag Go ClimbingHVS 4c *1
211The Complete WorksS 4a *3
212Anthology AreteHVS 5a * 
213The Abridged VersionS 4a *2
214Wiggly WallHVS 5a ***33
215Wu-Tang ForeverE1 5b *1
216Conch CornerHVS 5a * 
217Winos in a Barren LandE3 5c ** 
218Wu-Tang Will SurviveHVS 5a *2
219The Engine RoomVS 4c  
 THE POOP DECK  
221PoopVD *4
222One Last LookE4 6b ** 
223101 DamnationsE7 6b *** 
224The RavenE5 6a ***24
225Thursday's Setting SunriseE5 6a **8
226Don't Fool Yourself GirlE4 6b *1
227Bogus Asylum SeekersE3 6a ***14
228Corncrakes For BreakfastE2 5c ***71
229The StowawayS 4a *4
230IncommunicadoE2 5c *16
231Pause for JawsE2 5c **19
232Human CargoHS 4b *30
233GeovannieE1 5b **38
234PabbarottiE1 5b **29
235The ImmigrantHS 4b *10
236Notorious BIGE3 6a ***26
237Wetter Than a Day at the BeachE1 5b ***56
238Who Shot RJE2 5c **38
239Illegal AlienHVS 5a **56
240The CraikE3 6a ***29
241In the PinkE2 5b **8
242Castlebay CastawayVS 4c *2
243Party KitchenE2 5c **1
 THE GREAT ARCH  
245Full Fathom FiveE2 5c *1
246Northumbrian RhapsodyE5 6b **1
247Child of the SeaE5 6b ***5
248Hebridean OverturesE5 6b *** 
249Sturm und DrangE5 6b * 
250The PriestE1 5b ***69
251Prophecy of DrowningE2 5c ***108
252The Breath of LifeE3 6a ***1
253The Great ArchE8 6c *** 
254Crash CourseE6 6b ***1
 BOULDERING CLIFF  
256The Obvious LineVD *1
257Not So ObviousS 4a *1
258Stating the ObviousHS 4b **1
259The ThumblerE2 6a **1
260The Shrinking MenE1 6a *1
 THE HEADWALL  
262LeftieVS 4c ** 
263Das Ist Doch die Situation HeirS 4b * 
264Es Gibt Reis BabyHVS 5b **1
265KatzenkloVS 5a 1
266GeniestreichS 4b * 
267Chilly DickVS 5a *1
268TelephonmannS 4a * 
269Pat and PatachonS 4b * 
270Orang Utang KlausS 4b * 
271Snipe CornerS 4a  
272Shortbread FingersS 4b *1
 AN CEARCALL  
274Nothing to DeclareVD * 
275Customs and ExerciseE1 5b * 
276Prophecy of PaddlingE1 5b * 
 PALM TREE WALL  
278One Armed BanditVS 5a  
279The Missing ArmVS 4c  
280Afternoon ShowersE1 5b * 
281Thirty Metre Cheese CourseHVS 5a * 
282Barra CrackVS 5a  
283The Frailty of LifeE2 5c **1
284Ta Mo ChridheS  
285Black GuillemotVS 4b * 
286Mr DressupS 4a  
 ALLANISH WALLS  
28815 Minutes of FunE1 5b **2
289Zen Left-HandE2 5b ** 
290Zen and the Art of Corncrake ManagementE3 5c ** 
291Zen DirectE4 6a ** 
292Wee FreeVD **2
293Corncrake ChorusHS 4b **1
294Escape from AllanishM **2
295The Cruel SeaVS 4c ** 
296Ripple SlabS 4a ** 
297Un-namedVS 4c ** 
 HOOFER'S GEO  
299Wee BillS  
300More Whine and WhiskeyHS  
301Tick Tack ToeVS 4c * 
302BooshE5 6a **1
303Harry HoofterE2 5c *1
304Bint There Dun ItE1 5b **27
305Hoofer's RouteE1 5b ***42
306The RampHS 4b **12
307SkuaedHS 4b *1
308Cast and ShadowHVS 5a *3
309Right ChimneyVD * 
310HypnotiseHVS 5a **22
311Ankle WrapperE2 5c 1
312Fracture ClinicE2 5c **31
313Squeeze JobHVS 5a *4
314Rite of PassageE4 6a *2
315Honey TrapE6 6a ** 
316More Lads and MolassesE5 6a **6
317Fear an BhataE4 6a **1
318As Sound as Mr JAE2 5b **13
319JA's MaelstromE4 5c *4
320Sugar Cane CountryE4 6a ***57
321Brother RayE5 6b **2
322Vitrified CindersHVS 5b **3
323Buckets for BreakfastHVS 4c **12
 HOOFER'S HEADLAND (THE BOX)  
325Tick-tackVS 4c  
326Another TickHVS 5a  
327Double TickE1 5c  
 SMALL BOX GEO  
329Midget GemD * 
330Just a TickHS 4b * 
331Windy CornerHS 4b * 
332Sudden SquallE2 5c * 
333Riff-Raff-RoofHVS 5b * 
334Headless DuckE1 5b * 
 SQUALL WALL  
336Squall WallHS 4b * 
337TempestVS 4c * 
338EliminatorHVS 5a * 
339ZephyrHVS 5a * 
340Soggy Cornflakes E3 5c 1
341Organised Band of ShowersHVS 5b **1
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The Outer Hebrides offer the best climbing in Britain.
Ian Jones - 30/Jun/10