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Shetland Climbing

Shetland Climbing cover photo, 102 kb
Author Al Whitworth
Published Al Whitworth (2016)
ISBN 978-1-5272-6650-6

Website shetlandclimbing.info

Review

The first dedicated guidebook to the most northerly islands of the UK.

From hillside granite outcrops to volcanic sea cliffs and inland gneiss boulders, Shetland offers about as varied a climbing experience as you could hope for. Don’t expect to bump into many other climbers!

This guide covers over 50 crags spread around the islands, with over 800 routes between them. Included are the main trad climbing areas and sea stacks, plus an overview of the best bouldering venues.


Crags covered by this Guide
Shetland Islands crags# climbsRocktypeFaces
Bannaminn25UNKNOWN?
Bard Head, Bressay2Sandstone (hard)SE
Black Crag20UNKNOWNW
Blovid35Sandstone (hard)SW
Blow Geo10UNKNOWNSE
Bressay: Muckle Hell2Sandstone (hard)?
Dandi Geo2GraniteSW
Dragon Geo6GabbroSW
Eshaness Lighthouse80Andesiteall
Faither Stack4UNKNOWN?
Faither: Arch Wall and Prophecy Wall10UNKNOWNSW
Faither: North West Corner and North Wall5UNKNOWNN
Fidlar Geo28Sandstone (hard)SW
Hamar30UNKNOWNW
Lamp Geo1DioritesNW
Levenwick20Sandstone (hard)E
Longi Wall1Sandstone (hard)N
Lunning Crag (East Wall)9GneissNE
Lunning Crag (West Wall)6GneissNE
Mirki Wall5Sandstone (hard)S
Mucklabrek7Sandstone (hard)S
Muckle Geo2Sandstone (hard)S
Mutiny Wall - West Ness1GraniteN
Ness of Sound19Sandstone (hard)all
Nibon50DioritesW
North Head15Andesiteall
Pundsar20UNKNOWN?
Ronas Hill crag30UNKNOWNW
Ronas Voe35UNKNOWNW
Round Point6Sandstone (hard)E
Skaw Point (The Buss)16GraniteS
South Gill60UNKNOWNSW
Spoot Hellier20GraniteSE
Stanes of Stofast0Gneiss?
Strom Ness North Wall3GraniteN
Su Stanes30Gneiss?
The Coall100ConglomerateE
The Grind of Navir57IgnimbriteW
The Sail7UNKNOWN?
The Veng20Sandstone (hard)S
Warie Gill15AndesiteW
West Ness Stack1GraniteS