Climbing in the Outer Hebrides

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  • A rugged coastline on the Isle of Lewis
    The Outer Hebrides, often referred to as 'the last great wilderness of Europe', is a haven for climbing enthusiasts
  • Rugged coastline, the Isle of Lewis
    The rugged coastline is the ultimate challenge for climbing enthusiasts

The Outer Hebridean islands off the west coast of Scotland contain a wealth of immaculate sea cliffs, mountainous and largely uninhabited land making it a haven for climbing enthusiasts.

Often referred to as ‘the last great wilderness in Europe’ the landscape of the Outer Hebrides offers challenging opportunities for both the learner and accomplished climber.

Climbing in the Outer Hebrides is yet to be fully appreciated by the majority of climbers. From Sron Ulladale in Harris to the sea cliffs of Uist and Lewis the variety of climbing varies from scrambling and abseiling to some of the hardest routes in the country, there is a vast amount still to be discovered.

Many peaks in the southern isles are good climbs but it is to North Harris that most come to. The isle offers challenging climbing to match anywhere else in Scotland. The region between West Loch Tarbert and the island of Scarp form the largest area of hills in the Western Isles including the highest hill in the Hebrides - the Clisham - as well as the fine rock feature - Sron Ulladale above Loch Ulladale.

Found in North Uist, Uist Outdoor Centre are pioneers of rock climbing in this previously unclimbed area. Offering a wide range of climbing routes and qualified instruction, you can get to grips with the rugged coastline, formed up to four thousand million years ago, as it juts out against the crashing sea.

Due to the unpredictability of the Scottish weather for those wet days there is a climbing wall in the sports centre in Lewis.

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