In reply to UKC Articles:
Given that there have been issues regarding parking at the road-end (people blocking access for those that live there, then restrictions on where people are allowed to park as a result), I'm not sure promoting the place like this is such a great thing.
Still, as long as people are aware, and park considerately...
It's worth noting this from the crag pages which we knocked up after being contacted by a resident.
"The locals are very friendly and reasonable and are happy for people to park here but they are concerned about their own access. Please take great care not to block any gates or access for local residents. If there is no room to park then please park a little further away and walk in.
KITCHEN AT REIFF - Sara Nason is now running a small kitchen here and welcomes climbers for soup and bread lunches, teas and suppers which may help supply a much needed sustenance after a climb or walk."
While considerate parking at the road head is fine, there is only space for 5 or 6 cars parked considerately on the verge on the right before the gate into the field. If these spots are full please find somewhere to park back down the road before you come into Rieff, there are a couple of largish lay bys. DO NOT TRY AND PARK ANYWHERE ELSE AROUND THE HOUSES!
In reply to UKC Articles:
A good article--Reiff has to be the best place for single-pitch climbing I have ever been, together with Sheigra. It's true that climbers at any standards will have enough material for several visits. I haven't led harder than Severe yet at Reiff yet have had two very productive trips doing excellent routes, and there are many more I have on my list!
To be honest, I've never driven from Perth to Inverness but once you get to Inverness, it's about an hour to Ullapool. Then 45 minutes or so from there. Once you get past Garve, the scenery just gets better and better.
Once you leave the main road N of Ullapool to head towards Achiltibuie, look out for the profile of Sgurr nan Fhidhleir to the south - it's a stunning piece of mountain architecture. You drive right underneath Cul Beag and Stac Pollaidh too.
> (In reply to Mick Ryan - UKClimbing.com)
> To be honest, I've never driven from Perth to Inverness but once you get to Inverness, it's about an hour to Ullapool. Then 45 minutes or so from there. Once you get past Garve, the scenery just gets better and better.
True. The drive is unlike many motorway / dual carriageway plods you have to do in England to get to crags. Once you get to Inverness the traffic disappears and the scenery is fantastic all the way. You need to add time onto journey for taking pics.
In reply to UKC Articles: Nice wee article. The excellent climbing on Stac Pollaidh, which you drive past the foot of, merits mention as does the excellent bouldering both at Reiff itself and Reiff-in-the Woods near the Stac parking.
A pair of decent wellies is a good idea for the walk to the crags at the North end of the Peninsula, as it is very boggy, especially after wet spells aka summertime.
Car sharing from parking / accommodation is definitely a good idea wherever possible. And it is spelled hydroponicum.
I loved it when I was there. Just a beautiful part of the country and the villagers at Reiff are some of the friendliest I've ever met. But then if I woke up to the views they see every day, I'd be pretty friendly too.
The sight you see as you crest over the hill, just before Altandhu is just breathtaking (see my pic of the summer isles in my gallery)
Perth to Reiff in under 3 hours perfectly realistic with normal traffic. The road from Inverness to Ullapool is a dream for the most part. However I think there is still some bawsed up roadworks on the A9, near Dunkeld I think.
Ardmair is a stonking crag as well, probably more impressive than most of the Rieff cliffs and a must visit for the E1-4/5 climber. Only 5 minutes from Ullapool too.
> (In reply to Mick Ryan - UKClimbing.com)
> Perth to Reiff in under 3 hours perfectly realistic with normal traffic. The road from Inverness to Ullapool is a dream for the most part. However I think there is still some bawsed up roadworks on the A9, near Dunkeld I think.
I seriously doubt Perth to Reiff in under 3 hours is realistic. Perth to Inverness is about 1hr 40mins to 2 hours on its own, and Inverness to Ullapool is at least an hour.
Anyway, of more use to Mick would be the fact that the roadworks at Bankfoot can hold you up for up to 40 minutes. There are ways round by avoiding the A9 and heading up the side roads through Stanley, Murthley, Caputh and Dunkeld.
> Perth to Reiff in under 3 hours perfectly realistic with normal traffic.
That would require an average speed of over 64mph.
That is possibly attainable on the A9 within the speed limit in quiet traffic, assuming minimal delays at Bankfoot roadworks.
It is not attainable from Inverness to Ullapool within the speed limit, though might be realistic ignoring the limit, given very quiet traffic and a lack of concern regarding collisions with deer near Loch Glascarnoch.
Even the Batmobile would struggle to manage it from Ullapool to Reiff.
> from Inverness to Ullapool within the speed limit,
has anyone else noted the magic corner on that road? You just go into this curve and it keeps going, somehow you do what feels like more than 180 degrees but don't change direction. Its weird - I think their must be a wormhole in the space time continum there or somat like dat...
In reply to Mick Ryan - UKClimbing.com: If you're heading Reiff way soon. Take the Perth to Dunkeld road and stay off the A9 until the Bankfoot Junction is finished (who knows when that will be, it's taking ages!) If you are driving up/down the A9 from 8 o'clock in the evening onwards, then the road works will be no problem as traffic is quiet. If you're going in the afternoon or rush hour (to be seriously avoided!) then expect delays of anything from 20mins to an hour.
Tip - Reiff dries really quickly in showers, but if it's a wash out with heavier rain, then often driving right down around the coast to the Rhuba Mor Peninsula can save the day as it's often dry there when wet elsewhere (but to be avoided in strong winds/heavy swell) Climbing nowhere near as extensive as Reiff, but rock is similar in nature and makes for a pleasant day when everyone else is bitchin about the rain :oD
Hooray! The Bankfoot roadworks are almost finished.
Traffic Scotland says:
"Completion works will continue until 26 August 2009 and are planned to allow two-way traffic to be maintained during day hours. Traffic control under temporary traffic signals will still be in place overnight between 19:30hrs and 06:30hrs"
There were no delays heading south yesterday at about 4.30pm.
> (In reply to UKC Articles)
> Does it have a microclimate or is the weather as rough as the rest of Scotland?
Thats quite an uneducated statement. East coast scotland is similar weather (except a bit colder) to most east coast English areas and West coast scotland similar to most west coast English places. There are exceptions to the rule but in general this is true.
> (In reply to ClimberEd)
> Thats quite an uneducated statement. East coast scotland is similar weather (except a bit colder) to most east coast English areas and West coast scotland similar to most west coast English places. There are exceptions to the rule but in general this is true.
The NW often seems to escape the weather if it is bad in the rest of the country. Reiff is very low lying and in a fairly sheltered area and the rock dries extremely quickly, but it can still get pretty crap weather though.
In reply to Chris F:
yeah I know the NW tends to be a bit drier than the central west coast, still wetter than Dundee or Aberdean though right ;)
But the pattern of westerly cliffs being drier is well known.
Gogarth is a prime example despite being near a very wet mountain area.
There are some precipitation charts on the MET office site that also show this pattern. Lands end in cornwall forinstance is similar rain fall and temperature to kent but only for half a mile around the coast. The rest of cornwall is much wetter.
In reply to Chris F:
I think a lot of it is to do with the presence, or lack of, high ground. If you look at charts, Coll and Tiree are significantly drier than other islands, or high areas on those islands. Similarly, the Ross of Mull is much drier than the higher ground on Mull to the east. The same may well apply to these lower lying peninsulas on the mainland, where the rain is "caught" by the higher hills in land?
Hope the weather holds for you Mick! It's a great place.
Traffic info - apparently Bankfoot roadworks are as good as done. A nice wee diversion would involve going via Crieff and stopping at Benny Beg for easy sports climbing with cafe pretty much right at the foot.
The drive takes 2 hours from Perth to Inverness (I do this a lot and rarely get it much under that), Inverness to Ullapool is usually about an hour depending on ferry and Kessock bridge traffic.
No rush though, the views are great and it's a journey to be savoured not passed in a blur!
> Hope the weather holds for you Mick! It's a great place.
> Traffic info - apparently Bankfoot roadworks are as good as done. A nice wee diversion would involve going via Crieff and stopping at Benny Beg for easy sports climbing with cafe pretty much right at the foot.
Blimey - the man's going to Reiff, and you're suggesting a stop at Benny Beg!