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Pabbay

 

Pabbay lies about 7 miles south of Barra roughly midway between Sandray and Mingulay and it is now owned by the National Trust for Scotland who publish a very useful pamphlet. Pabbay, meaning priestís (or hermitís) island, refers to this islandís early Christian settlement. Rich in archaeology, the island is home to one of only two Pictish symbol stones in the Western Isles. Pabbay presents impressive sea cliffs along its west and south coastlines. Camping is possible near the ruins above the sheltered bay of Bagh Ban. The ruins are of a former settlement that finally became uninhabited in 1912. Pabbay slopes up from east to west, presenting a varied selection of cliffs along its southern and western coastlines. With over a dozen different crags and routes of all grades, the island has much to offer climbers of all abilities and aspirations. While The Priest (E1) and Prophecy of Drowning (E2) on the Great Arch gets all the press and publicity it is the south facing Pink Wall and the adjacent Grey Wall Recess which are the extreme climbers paradise. Having said that every E4 leader will want his photo taken climbing Sugar Cane Country at Hoofers Wall. The Poop Deck (The Raven E5, Bogus Asylum Seekers E3 et al) offers convenient and quick drying climbing during a showery spell. Banded Wall is also littered with classics of every grade with Endolphin Rush (E4) and Ship of Fools (E5) standing out above the crowd. The Bay Area (The Herbrudean E4, Every Cormorant is a Potential Shag E7)) should not be overlooked either.

 

The campsite on Pabbay above the sheltered bay of Bagh Ban.

Photo (C) Steve Crowe

 

 

The Great Arch.

Photo (C) Steve Crowe

 

 

Steve Crowe on the brilliant, Sugar Cane Country E4 6a, Pabbay
Photo © Rob Jarvis

 

Steve Crowe seconding on the first ascent of Northumbrian Rhapsody E5 6b 

Photo (C) Karin Magog

 

 

 

 

Gary Latter and Karin Magog sharing leads on the classic Prophecy of Drowning E2 5c 

Photo (C) Steve Crowe

 

Karin Magog and Gary Latter on the classic Prophecy of Drowning E2 5c 

Photo (C) Steve Crowe

 

Dave Birkett climbing The Raven E5 6a  on the Poop Deck

Photo (C) Steve Crowe

 

Mary Jenner on Bogus Asylum Seekers E3 6a 

Photo (C) Steve Crowe

 

Chris Plant on Wetter than a day at the Beach E1 5b 

Photo (C) Steve Crowe

 

Iain Small and Rick Campbell on The Bonxie E6 Pink Wall

Photo (C) Steve Crowe

 

Ian Denton on In Profundum Laco E5 6a 

Photo (C) Steve Crowe

 

Karin Magog onsighting The Bonxie E6 6b 

Photo (C) Steve Crowe

 

Mary Jenner on I Suppose a Cormorant is out of the Question E5 6a 

Photo (C) Steve Crowe

 

Niall McNair on What No Puffin' E6 6b 

Photo (C) Steve Crowe

 

 

 

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

Back up to South Barra Isles.