Stacks of Rock

Course Overview

These one week courses are for experienced rock climbers who would like to explore some of the well known but remote sea stacks of Scotland. The aim is to attempt three climbs during the course.

  • The Old Man of Stoer (Hard Severe)
  • Am Buachaille (HVS, 4c)
  • The Old Man of Hoy (E1 5b)

The course meets in Fort William on the Saturday and travels north that evening, returning sometime on the following Friday. The exact timetable of climbs will be flexible and depends on weather and tides. Two of the climbs have swimming approaches , so bring your flippers! Accommodation will be on a self cater basis in either tents or bunkhouse. Those attending should provide their own food and sleeping bag/mats.

Individuals requring 1:1 guiding should ask for a price for all or some of these stacs.

Course Details

Costs: £800.00 Includes all ferries; transport accommodation; insurance; climbing ropes and hardware.

Ratio: 1:2 (This course will only take place if it is full)


Your choice, but please check beforehand.

Kit Requirements

Rock Climbing Kit List


A fairly flexible pair of boots with good lateral stiffness and well kept ‘Vibram’ sole are adequate for approaching the climbs. They should have a high ankle to give support in that area and should not be smooth-soled.

Rock climbing ("Sticky boots") are essential and can be hired in Fort William (£4 a day)

climbing harness

A sit harness is essential for rock climbing

Essential for rock climbing


Belay Plate & screwgate carabiner * chalk bag for harder climbs

A small to medium volume rucsac is necessary (50 litres) for all courses.

First Aid Kit

First Aid Kit
For blisters, insect bites, headaches or stomach upsets. Sun screen cream will also be useful from April to September hopefully!!

Waterproof jacket and trousers

Sheet sleeping bag liner
This should be brought if you have one and are using a Youth Hostel (can be hired)

fleece jacket

Personal Clothing
This should cover both cold and warm situations. Shorts and T-Shirts for the hot days, plus fleeces or woolly jumpers and windproofs for colder weather. Track suit trousers are perfectly adequate for summer rock climbing courses. Please bring woolly hat and gloves as well.


Flask and/or water-bottle and Packed Lunch food