Climbs 54
Rocktype Gneiss
Altitude 442m a.s.l
Faces W

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Alpenglow on Sron Ulladale © dr evil

Crag features

Mighty Sròn Uladail sits sphinx-like at the head of Gleann Uladail. It forms the end of the long northern ridge of Ulabhal, a northern top of Oireabhal. This terminates abruptly in an imposing great prow of overhanging rock that towers 270m above Loch Uladail. The Sròn is without doubt one of the most impressive pieces of rock architecture in the British Isles and the walk through the hills to view it is a popular excursion.

Approach notes

Some 4km north of Tarbert, turn west off the main A859 road to Stornoway at the Ceann an Ora Bridge and take the B887 towards Hushinish. Follow this to just before the gates to Amhuinnsuidhe (Abhainn Suidhe), where a tarmac road on the right is signposted to Chliostair Power Station. Parking is awkward. Do not park at the entrance since large vehicles require this for turning.

Walk or cycle along the track past the power station to a dam at the southern end of Loch Chliostair. Continue along an excellent path, first on the east side of Loch Aiseabhat before dropping down to the Sròn. There is good camping by the river and numerous boulders under which it would be possible to bivouac.

Access Advice

Climbing is not allowed between March and July because of resident golden eagles and anyone causing disturbance of a schedule 1 species would be classed as reckless disturbance under the wildlife and countryside act. The only exception to this is when the golden eagles fail in early incubation or at early chick stage and only after conformation.

You can check status by contacting the North Harris Trust rangers, who are extremely helpful. Their contact details are here.

(The old entry is incorrect Robin Reid works for RSPB not the North Harris Trust as linked. I've just got back from Harris and the Harris Trust rangers were helpful but pointed out that Robin doesn't work for them. Cheers Vince)


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