Climbs 65
Rocktype Greywacke
Altitude Tidal
Faces E

On The Souter after a day of rain dodging! © MightyStew

Crag features

The area around the Souter sea-stack gives some excellent sea-cliff climbing. A great venue for the mid extreme leader!

Must Dos :

Skate Bush, E7, 6b, Squid Vicious E5 6a, Puffer Daddy, E3 6a, Fast Bleeder E3 6a, Take It To The Limpets E3 5c, Wallnut E3 5c, Plain sailing E1 5b, The Souter, Ordinary Route HVS 5a, Second Sight HVS 5a.

Contrary to the guide, The Wedge is non-tidal, Limpet Fin is very tidal, Crimpanzie Fin has flaky rock and getting from the half-height ledge to the peg anchor (now backed up) is quite tedious.

Approach notes

Park and approach from Dowlaw farm. 
Take the well signposted St Abbs coastal path on the right hand side of the farm to a 3 way junction. The souter is signed from here. Follow a vague path downhill through 2 gates. A final stile leads to a well worn path down steep grass to the inlet.


Tidal

Access Advice

The SMC 1994 guide has a guideline April-July 1st bird ban. No more up to date info. The farmer at Dowlaw farm is aware of this.
Take care during nesting season not to disturb any wild birds. It's an offence to do so. For more info : http://www.mcofs.org.uk/assets/nesting%20birds%20&%20climbers%20with%20photos%20embedded%200410.pdf

called. Ain't done it before. Very good, but hard for the grade.
DannyC - 07/Jul/14
Good man, thanks Stu. Climbed there yesterday and there were no birds nesting on routes that we did, although loads on the chossier unclimbed bits (Including on the walk-in. Be careful for plover nests). Did the E1 on the Stiff Bunnies I think it
DannyC - 07/Jul/14
Thanks Danny, I too can't find any reference, so I'm guessing it's historical. I've changed the advice and copied in a link to the MCofS's guidance on the subject which is worth a read. Cheers
stugreen75 - 05/Jul/14
Is the bird ban info here up to date? I can't see any mention of it currently on the MCofS page: http://www.mcofs.org.uk/nesting-bird-warning.asp
DannyC - 04/Jul/14
Seal of Approval is a great route and better than the ordinary route on the Souter.
submariner - 12/Jun/13
We didn't fancy the simul abseil(my mate likes his pies) so there's a wee bit of fresh tat up there again and a small wire donated too.
graeme gatherer - 24/Sep/10
the top has been cleaned of tat. you need to abseil off both sides.
KeithAlexander - 13/Sep/10
lol dam right, its been cleaned up now as has my helmet
Rob - 11/Apr/06
If climbing Squid Vicious on the Souter, some system to keep the belayer away from under the leader would be highly recommended as life threatening blocks are readily and unpredictably pulled off the first of the two overlaps at about half height.
henwardian - 20/Sep/05
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
  The Doll Fin
2 Geronimo's Cadillac
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E3 5c 2
3 Plume VD 2
4 Spume
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VD 1
  Second Sight Fin
6 Severance
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HVS 5b * 4
7 Splice the Main brace
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HVS 5a * 2
8 Incision
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D 3
9 The Pig Thing
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S 6
10 Potbellied Sheep
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VS 4b 1
11 Daytrippers
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VS 4b * 4
12 Tubigripper
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E2 5b * 2
13 The Sentry Box
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HVS 5a * 4
14 Gully Talk
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VD 4
15 A Drop in the Ocean E2 5b * 4
16 Second Sight HVS 5b ** 20
17 Something Fishy
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VS 5a * 8
  Main Fin
19 Fluorescent Flack
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E1 5b * 2
20 Souterrain
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E3 5c *  
21 Fast Bleeder E3 6a ** 10
22 Walli
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VS 5a 26
23 Wallow
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E3 6a * 3
24 Wallette
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E2 6a ** 12
25 Zig Zag E1 5b * 68
26 Zigzag Direct Start
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E2 5c * 8
27 Zigzag Direct Finish E2 5c ** 2
28 Chossy Groove HVS 5a * 2
29 Mingy Metro E3 6a * 3
30 Fraud Escort
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E3 5c * 4
31 Grinning Gibbon HS 4b 6
32 Return to Sender E3 5c ** 2
33 J.P.S. HVS 5a * 13
34 Bridleway S * 1
35 Plain Sailing E1 5b *** 124
36 Wallnut
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E3 5c *** 16
37 Coming up Roses HVS 4c 1
38 Merlin and Wendy's Day Out
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VS 5a 7
  Limpet Fin
40 Orgasmatron E2 5c * 6
41 Shorty S * 43
42 Sweep
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VS 4c * 31
43 Sooty
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VS 5a * 15
44 Take it to the Limpets E3 5c ** 2
45 The Great Gonzo
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E2 5c * 2
46 Chimp
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VS 4c 2
  The Souter
48 Squid Vicious
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E5 6a *** 5
49 A Golden Hour E3 5b ** 3
50 Ordinary Route
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HVS 5a ** 220
51 Seal of approval
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HVS 17
  Blockbuster Fin
53 Lightning Crack
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HVS 5a * 41
  Crimpanzie Fin
55 Crimpanzie
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E5 6b *  
56 Not the HVS
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E3 5c *  
57 First of Four
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E4 5c *  
58 Tied up at Work
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E3 6a *  
  The Wedge
60 Prawn Slippy E5 6a * 3
61 Skate Bush E7 6b ** 2
62 Puffer Daddy E3 6a * 1
63 Fuzzy Stone E3 5b  
64 Edge of the Wedge E2 5a 1
  Dowlaw Dean North Fin
66 Praying for snow
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HVS 5a  
67 Don't Blink
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VS 5b  
  Waterfall Wall
69 Waterfall Wall E5 6a ** 2
70 Witness the Whiteness E1 5b 4
  Dowlaw Dean South Stack area
72 Hale - Bopp
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E3 6a * 1
73 Felo de Se
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E3 6a * 1
74 Dried Peach Crack
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VS 5a 1
75 Captain Ahab
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E1 5b 1
76 Porn Balls V2 5b 2

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