Climbs 190
Rocktype Sandstone (hard)
Altitude 9m a.s.l

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The cliffs at Yesnaby, Orkney © chris_s

Crag features

The most developed area in Mainland Orkney. Mostly trad with a couple of sport climbs in a quarried area. Beautiful surroundings. Yesnaby castle, a popular seastack is located in this area.

Approach notes

Easy access. Car park at HY 221161. From there take coastal path south to the climbs.

Visited the quarry for the first time. Impressed with the quality of the routes and variety there. A good, friendly crag which should become quite popular
partz - 07/Sep/15
A fair few debateable grades here but very good anyway. The best rock is on Point Wall.
Ian Jones - 18/Aug/15
Note: Sport the routes have no lower-offs. Taking some trad gear to rig belays at the top will greatly increase your chances of retrieving your quick draws. :)
JLS - 23/Mar/15
Ace crag with all sectors having fine and aesthetic climbing, even the shorter Qui Ayre point is good. Be warned that almost all areas are properly tidal except Spectator's Geo, so some mixing and matching is useful. Also take heed that Bleed It Dry is closer to E4 and Thing Of Dreams really is as hard as it looks and a solid E4 6a. Most of the others seem fine and fair at the grade.
Fiend - 28/Aug/13
Fantastic intro to Orkadian climbing. Needs an update on the routes - lots in the guide not on the web e.g Skull Splitter.
philhilo - 08/May/11
I climbed this stack in 1981 while spending about a month up in Orkney. One of us swam and the others still got wet on a poorly rigged tyrolean !! Great fun, and seemed about HVS 5A following the route first done by Joe Brown as a warm up for the Hoy TV extravaganza.
Chris Rowlands - 19/Sep/07
very nice sandstone
brixton climber - 03/Aug/06
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