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Climbs 14
Rocktype Gneiss
Altitude 467m a.s.l
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Apart from Sròn Uladail (Strone Ulladale) in Harris, Creag Dhubh Dhiobadail is the most important mountain cliff on the island. It is not as overhanging as Sròn Uladail (Strone Ulladale), but for quality it is unsurpassed and arguably one of the finest mountain crags in Scotland. The cliff is hidden away on the side of Tamanasbhal, a great rounded lump of a hill that displays no sign of what lies lurking along its eastern flanks. Almost 1km in length, the central wall drops in one dramatic sweep to the corrie floor some 200m below. The cliff is superbly set in a fine corrie overlooking Loch Dhiobadail. Although extensive, there are few lines of weakness and as a result there are not many climbs. The cliff faces northeast, catching the sun in the morning, so an early start is worth the effort. After prolonged periods of rain the cliff takes at least 3 or 4 days of good weather to come into condition. In summer, pick a breezy day to try avoid the midges.

Approach notes

Follow the B8011 as for Uig Sea Cliffs South - Breanish and cross the river which flows into the southern end of Uig sands. Turn left past the Abhainn Dearg distillery and park near the top of the hill where a track heads south.

Approach on foot or mountain bike by following the estate track which goes all the way up Gleann Raonasgail to cross the prominent Bealach Raonasgail before descending to the shores of Loch Tamnabhaigh in the south. The track passes beneath Teinneasabhal on the left side of the glen. From the Bealach Raonasgail, ascend the short slope on the left, almost due east, to the grassy Braigh Bhuidhe bealach between Teinneasabhal and Tamanasbhal to gain the head of the large Coire Dhiobadail. Drop down then make a long slanting descent southeastwards into the corrie and contour the hillside,where the crag looms impressively into sight. 

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