Classic Scottish Sea Stacks

Am Buachaille in NW Scotland

Classic Scottish Sea Stacks Overview

The three classic Scottish sea stacks consist of the Old Man of Hoy, the Old Man of Stoer, and Am Buachaille. Each one is a unique and very worthy objective in its own right, however, climbing all three in one trip makes for an unforgettable experience in some of Scotland’s most beautiful coastal landscapes. Although the climbs on these sea stacks are not particularly difficult, they are not for the faint-hearted either. A reasonable amount of previous climbing experience seconding multi-pitch climbs up to around VS/HVS is required with one pitch of E1 5b on the Old Man of Hoy. For Am Buachaille it should also be noted that a short swim is necessary to get to and from the stack. It is also possible to make a short swim across to the on The Old Man of Stoer, although a tyrolean (roped) crossing can be set up to avoid this.

Essential Details

  • Some multi-pitch climbing experience essential
  • Bespoke trips run on request
  • Maximum 2 participants
  • Climbing equipment provided
  • Collection/drop off possible in Inverness/Fort William/Glasgow

When can I go on this trip?

We recommend this trip during the summer months, anytime from May through to September, and would suggest a minimum of 6 days. The weather and conditions in Scotland at any time of year are notoriously unpredictable and it should be noted that successfully climbing all three sea stacks is not guaranteed, however, we will do our best to make it happen and will suggest alternatives if the weather and/or conditions are not suitable.

How much will it cost?

1:1 (£220 per day)
1:2 (£250 per day)

*Please note that these are guiding fees only.

How to book?

Use the enquiry form on this page and we’ll get back to you with a personalised itinerary. We require a 30% deposit to secure bookings. If you would like any more information or have a specific question, please send us a message and we’ll be in touch.

What do I need to bring with me?

We will provide all of the technical climbing equipment, including a helmet and harness if required. You will need to bring the following items:

  • Rock shoes
  • Approach shoes/boots
  • Warm and waterproof clothing.
  • Small climbing rucksack and a large rucksack or holdall.
  • Tent/Sleeping bag and mat
  • Sun cream and sunglasses
  • Swimwear and a towel (we can provide wetsuits if required)


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