Climbs 7
Rocktype Sandstone (hard)
Altitude 10m a.s.l

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Fairfax contemplating the difficulties of a first fish ascent of the "Old man of Stoer" © Mark Davis

Crag features

The classic and popular sea stack (not to be confused with the Old Man of Storr on Skye!)

Approach notes

Tidal and wind affected. Park near the lighthouse and walk along the cliff-tops. Scramble down to the platform opposite the base of the stack. The stack is separated from the platform by a narrow channel. A Tyrolean is sometimes in situ. If one is not then a swimmer (preferably a volunteer) is needed in the party. Bring enough rope to leave the Tyrolean in place and carry out the descent abseil (60m ropes advisable).

***UPDATE April 2024: Tyrolean currently in place on newly placed gear, top abseil also freshly replaced.***

At spring low tides and with a small swell it is possible to step/wade across to the base of the stack on the right hand side (facing out).  You can scramble around (anti-clockwise) to the top of pitch 2 of the "Ordinary Route", thus avoiding the crux first pitch. It is also possible to rig a Tyrolean to reach this point.

No Access Issues

3km walk to the stack from lighthouse car park. Scramble down cliff face then either a Tryolean or a swim across to the stack is required.

As of 15/July/2015, All belay and ab tat in very good condition, although the stack side Gear for The Tyrolean could do with some work.
Barry Harper - 18/Jul/15
All belay/ab tat in very good nick as of 20JUL2013, probably due to recent filming here. Landward bolt is chopped. Stack side pegs are hanging on for now!
Dave 88 - 23/Jul/13
Main hazard is fulmar chicks - despite taking advice from RSPB beforehand as to best time to do it - we still got the projectile fish vomit!
ExplorerOL13 - 26/May/07
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