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Mingulay

 

The largest of the Barra Isles, the atlantic seaboard presents a continuous line of cliffs reaching a height of 235m at Builacraig. Mingulay is the second most southerly of the Outer Hebridean isles and by far the most frequently visited. Mingulay lies about 12 miles south of Barra and it is now owned by the National Trust for Scotland who publish a very useful pamphlet.  In the 1880's the island had a population of around 160, but the last inhabitants left in 1912, leaving behind a precarious existence based on crofting, fishing and fowling. Today the beautiful sands of Mingulay Bay are creeping inland. Eventually they will cover Mingulay’s old village but for now remains can still be seen of the houses, fields, graveyard, priest’s house, chapel and school. The impressive Biulacraig is an ideal spot for bird, whale and dolphin watching but not ideal for rock climbing. Although there are large areas of vegetated and bird infested cliffs, there is also a huge abundance of immaculate clean Lewisian gneiss. Indeed, the 90m high crag on Dun Mingulay "Must lay claim to being one of the finest rock faces in Britain." - Graham Little, SMC Skye and the Hebrides, Volume 2 (1996). The usual landing place is on the rocks on either side of  Mingulay Bay in the centre of the east coast, or the north end of the beach itself in calm seas. The best camping spot is the large sward of flat ground above the ruins, just north of the burn.

 

Mingulay.  Photo (C) Steve Crowe

 

 

Precious Days E6 6a, The Boulevard. Mingulay 

Photo (C) Steve Crowe

 

The Wretched Gull E1 5b, Arnamul

Photo (C) Steve Crowe

 

Karin Magog on Voyage of Faith E3 5c, Dun Mingulay 

Photo (C) Steve Crowe

 

Pat Nolan climbing Sirens E3 5c Dun Mingulay 

Photo (C) Steve Crowe

 

Pat Nolan climbing Child of the Sea E3 6a, Dun Mingulay 

Photo (C) Steve Crowe

 

Andy Watmore climbing Perfectly Normal Paranoia E6 6b, Dun Mingulay 

Photo (C) Steve Crowe

 

Dan and Blair on Rory Rum the Story Man E5 6a, Dun Mingulay 

Photo (C) Steve Crowe

 

Karin Magog seconding Little K E3 6a, Dun Mingulay 

Photo (C) Steve Crowe

 

Dan and Blair on Dun Moaning E2 5b, Dun Mingulay 

Photo (C) Steve Crowe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There is great climbing on Sandray, Lingeigh, Pabbay, Mingulay and Berneray.

Back up to South Barra Isles.