The Outer Hebrides

The Outer Hebrides cover photo
Author Rab Anderson, Kevin Howett and Colin Moody
Published SMC (2018)



The guide has been written by Rab Anderson, Kevin Howett and Colin Moody, who have been driving forces in the development of the Islands, and their insight and local knowledge is contained within to help you plan your trip and get the most out of it when you are there.

For the first time in recent history, the jewel of Scottish (possibly even British!) sea cliff climbing gets the SMC comprehensive guidebook treatment. Written by the activists themselves, this guide provides the go-to resource for climbing in the Outer Hebrides. Uninhabited islands, committing sea cliff adventures, seaside cragging, mountain cliffs and the mighty Sron Uladail - all in one book.

- 2500 routes from Moderate to E9

- 28 detailed maps and access information

- 177 photo diagrams covering all major cliffs (and then some)

- Tens of new future classic venues

- Hundreds of new routes throughout the Islands

- Comprehensive logistical information to help you plan your trip

- Inspiring action photos in full colour throughout

This guide provides comprehensive cover and photo diagrams to all of the popular areas, as well as publishing for the first time tens of new future classic venues and hundreds of routes, capturing all of the development that has taken place in recent years. Amongst this detail you can also find information on areas still under development, with possibilities for new routes of your own!

Note-worthy is the fact that this guide provides options for the hard-core climber on a dedicated trip, as well as those wanting the option of a day or two out cragging whilst on a family holiday.

Crags covered by this Guide
Hebrides crags # climbs Rocktype Faces
Aird Ghrein 4 Gneiss SW
Aird Mhor Bhragair 64 Gneiss all
An Cliseam 8 Gneiss all
Beannan a' Deas 19 Gneiss all
Bearasaigh 65 Gneiss all
Beinn a' Chaolais 3 Gneiss SW
Beinn Sgarastaigh 8 Gneiss SW
Berneray 33 Gneiss SW
Borve School 6 Gneiss S
Caitiosbhal 13 Gneiss SW
Campaigh 32 Gneiss all
Caolas Cearstaigh, Scarp 4 Gneiss N
Carragh Liath 1 Gneiss NW
Ceann Reamhar 3 Gneiss all
Creag Aisnig 3 Gneiss SW
Creag Mo 28 Gneiss SE
Creag na Tri Piosan 13 Gneiss S
Creagan Ben Guidamol 9 Gneiss W
Creagan Leathan 3 Gneiss E
Crulabhig 12 Gneiss W
Dalbeg 92 Gneiss SW
Dun Othail 8 Gneiss all
Garenin 28 Gneiss all
Geòdha na Traghad 1 Gneiss W
Giolabhal Glas 8 Gneiss all
Gob an Tobha (Toe Head) 2 Gneiss S
Great Bernera 78 Gneiss all
Griomabhal 10 Gneiss all
Lingeigh (Lingay) 20 Gneiss ?
Loch Beag Crag 9 Gneiss SW
Manais Wall, Scarp 23 Gneiss SW
Maoladh Mhicearraig 3 Gneiss all
Mealaisbhal 9 Gneiss all
Mingulay 520 Gneiss all
Ness - The Butt of Lewis 29 Gneiss all
Pabbay 380 Gneiss all
Plum Jam Crag 3 Gneiss W
Roineabhal 2 Gneiss all
Sandray 247 Gneiss all
Seanna Chnoc 44 Gneiss all
Sgaoth Aird 4 Gneiss all
Sgaoth Iosal 9 Gneiss all
Sgurr Sgaladail 5 Gneiss NE
Shawbost 44 Gneiss all
Shiant Isles 3 Basalt ?
Sneihabhal 12 Gneiss all
Southwest Barra 161 Gneiss all
Sròn Scoust 3 Gneiss W
Sròn Uladail (Strone Ulladale) 54 Gneiss W
St Kilda 38 Gabbro all
Stalwarts Bluff 5 Gneiss SW
Suaineabhal 6 Gneiss all
Tamnasbhal 14 Gneiss all
Taran Mòr 1 Gneiss N
Tathabhal 4 Gneiss all
Teinneasabhal 7 Gneiss all
The Eye Peninsula 6 Gneiss all
Uig Sea Cliffs Central - Mhangarstaidh 318 Gneiss all
Uig Sea Cliffs North - Aird Uig 195 Gneiss all
Uig Sea Cliffs North - Crowlista 97 Gneiss all
Uig Sea Cliffs North-East - Valtos 84 Gneiss all
Uig Sea Cliffs South - Breanish 100 Gneiss SW
Vatersay 25 Gneiss all

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