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Orkney Islands.. and the Old Man of Hoy Rock Climbing 

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These islands are situated off the northern tip Scotland . The main Island of Orkney is reached by an hour or so ferry boat and the small island of Hoy a short ferry boat trip from the main Island.THe climb of the very famous 400' Old Man of Hoy sea stack (spire)is world famous .Superb situations and the bird life is nothing less than amazing

Getting There 

Drive to the tip of Scotland and jump on the Ferry sailing for the Orkney Islands

Climbing Season

Weather station 11.8 miles from here

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Classic Climbing Routes in Orkney Islands.. and the Old Man of Hoy

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Orkney Islands.. and the Old Man of Hoy:
Old Man of Hoy   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 4 pitches, 460'   
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Yesnaby Castle 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13  Europe : United Kingdom : ... : Orkney Islands.. and the Ol...
A short but sustained, aesthetic, and steep route which requires good gear placement skills. The rock quality is quite good and possibly better than Old Man of Hoy. It is a true Seastack surrounded by the sea on all sides.Pitch #1: Once over the water, face climb discontinuous cracks up the east arete. Bird nests and excrement and some loose rock make the final exit moves to the slopey grassy top somewhat precarious. 5.10a, 30m.Though short in length from a climbing perspective, it feels c...[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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