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?

Our pricing structure is based on a sliding scale with a reduced daily fee for every additional day booked. If you would like to reserve a contingency day around your preferred date/s in order to pick the best weather and conditions for your course or activity we may be able to arrange this for an additional fee. For more details, please see our pricing structure.

*Please note that these are guiding fees only.

How to book?

Please get in touch using the enquiry form on this page and we’ll get back to you with all of the details and a booking form for you to complete. We require a 30% deposit to secure bookings and full payment prior to your course or activity commencing. If you would like any more information or have a specific question, please use the contact form in the menu at the top of the page.

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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