Inner Hebrides and Arran Guidebook Review


The latest climbing guide from the Scottish Mountaineering Club covers the traditional rock climbing of the Inner Hebrides and the traditional rock and winter climbs on Arran.

This guidebook documents 2500 plus climbs spread out across the islands – with a number of the islands being included in a climbing guidebook for the first time. Deep water soloing and bouldering is also covered which, along with the extremely varied geology adds even more diversity to the areas cache.

This guidebook will be of greatest interest to the visitor (there being a very limited number of indigenous climbers I imagine) and the information provided on ferry sailings, and accommodation etc is excellent.

The book has chapters on the geology and climbing history of the area covered and a listing of first ascents, but the meat of the book is devoted to documenting the climbs themselves.

The Inner Hebridian climbing is - with a couple of exceptions - dominated by single pitch cragging on both inland and seaside cliffs of various geology ranging from basalt to granite. There is plenty for all climbers operating in the lower and mid grades and some very stern harder offerings.

The Arran section of the book covers its superb mountain granite rock climbs and smaller number of winter routes.

The photographs and topos are clear and reflect the nature of the climbs and ambience of the Islands well – although many are rather small.

This is a well put together and inspiring guidebook that will mainly appeal to the holidaying climber looking for somewhere a bit different and off of the beaten track, and/or those wanting to tick off a few of the Isle of Arrans granite classics.

Price: £25.00

More Information: SMC Website

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11 Jul, 2014
I bought this book for a trip to Islay. It's a great guide book, and lacked nothing that I couldn't work out for myself. There's quite a lot of inspiring photos and descriptions. Arran itself is plentifully described, but the smaller islands get a fair treatment. You may find yourself picking the book up and planning a holiday to somewhere like Rum just on what you read in this book. Plenty of colour pics, and route maps where available are very good indeed.
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