Climbs 60
Rocktype Dolerite
Altitude 37m a.s.l
Faces E

Pippa on Grey Panther (E1 5b), on the amazing Kilt Rock, Isle of Skye, Scotland © Jamie Moss

Crag features

Located on the east coast of Skye's Trotternish Peninsula, the striking rock formation known as Kilt Rock is a 180 foot high sea cliff giving several main climbing arenas of geographical & style segregation. The massive columns of dolerite have the appearance of pleats in a tartan kilt & traditionally form the basis of the Skye tartan pattern. This entirely natural phenomenon relates in appearance, although not identically, to the recorded basalt rocks at Staffa near Iona. Kilt Rock is a hugely popular viewpoint & plenty of parking is available nearby for climbers & kit.

This amazing columnar jointed dolerite gives an extreme rock outing that will stay with the climber for many years.

When rain and wind come from the west this can be perfectly dry.

Classics - Grey Panther, Wide Eyed, Footloose

Awesome - Sun Toucher, Killer Whale, Wide Eyed, Sheer Sear

Worrying - Crux Reverie

If bivvying or camping take into account that crofting/farming grounds surround the verticalities. The Kilt cliffs provide an excellent venue in their own right with plenty of gaps still to be filled. If the Cuillin is out of action due to bad weather you could do worse then visit Kilt, the Storr or, Rubha Hunish & the underated Cairn Liath [also covered in this section] whick overlooks Kilt in the immediate hills behind. Abseiling from the carpark railings beside Mealt Falls, will freak tourists out to the point of distraction.

There are parts of Kilt which are short of natural belays so an extra rope attached to steel stakes or the fence can be very useful.

Approach notes

Abseil descent for some routes & the entire venue can be treacherous in the wet, in storms. Hanging belays for some routes & projects.

\"Wide Eyed\" E2 5b is a top climb where you just have to trust your feet due to poor handholds, its 40m of vertical rock with twin cracks, the left one opening wide enough to do a whole body jam! But try not to do this as you won\'t want to come out!
Mark Falcus - 14/May/02
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
  Ellishadder wall
2 Cak
-
VS 4b 3
3 Marmelada D  
4 Confiture VD  
5 Jammy Dodger VS 5a * 6
6 Jamboree VS 4c * 1
7 The View
-
HVS 5a *  
8 Ragged Robin S ** 2
9 A Haggis Called Wanda E2 5b ** 2
10 Fancy Free E2 5b ** 2
11 Bilidowcar E4 6a **  
12 Skyscraper E2 5b ** 2
13 Received With Thanks E2 5b *  
14 Drop The Pilot E4 6a ** 1
15 Black Crow King
-
E3 6a  
16 The Pioneer E1 5a/b ** 1
17 The Danglers E1 5a, 4b *  
18 Bandasky
-
E1 5b **  
19 Easter Island HVS 5a *  
20 Pinnacle Chimney VD  
21 Ellishadder Pinnacle VS  
22 Entrevennes E1 5b **  
  Kilt rock
  The North Gully Wall
25 Romper S 9
26 Sporran E1 5b 7
27 Pied Piper
-
E1 5b  
28 The Electric Bagpipe VS 5a *** 60
29 Clandestine VS 4c *** 42
30 Brazen E2 5c *  
31 Secret Service HVS 5a *** 49
32 Tartan Terror E1 5b ** 28
33 Skyeman E2 5b ** 26
34 Wide Eyed E2 5b ** 9
35 Edge of Beyond E2 5c *** 21
36 Mystery Cat E3 6a 2
37 Grey Panther E1 5b *** 431
38 Internationale E2 5b ** 58
39 Iron Crow E3 6a ** 3
40 Footloose E3 5c *  
41 Ruination E3 5c *  
42 Road To Ruin E2 5b ** 6
43 F.B.C. HVS 5a  
44 Brightside Crossing E2 5b, 5b **  
45 Killer Whale E4 6a ** 3
46 The Great Deep E3 5b, 5c  
  Tempest buttress area
48 Fe Fi Fo Fum E3 5c *** 5
49 Frisky after Whisky E3 5c *** 6
50 Stormwatch MVS 4b  
  Tempest buttress
52 Staffin Special VS 4c ** 2
53 Tempest E3 6a ** 1
54 Ill Wind
-
E5 6a, 6b  
  The Chimney Stack
56 Sheer Sear E5 6a *** 1
57 Over The Rainbow E5 6b *** 1
  Fallen Pillars Area
59 Blasphog
-
E2 6a  
60 Actually Hyperbole
-
E3 5c 2
61 Demon Lover
-
E5 6a  
62 High Noon
-
E2 5b  
63 Toll Dubh
-
HVS 4c, 5b  
64 Fish Tail
-
E1 5b  
65 Bocan Mor
-
E2 5c, 4b  
66 Mushroom Billy E2 5b **  
67 Godzilla E3 6a *** 6

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