Udrigle Fin (Leac an Fhaobhair)

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A steep, clean fin of rock with a number of worthwhile routes. Fairly accessible for a sea stack, although tidal, and a great viewpoint for the Summer Isles, Coigach and the Stornoway ferry.

Directions & Approach


Grid Ref: NG 897 968

Park in the Mellon Uridgle beach car park, reached from the A832 by the road which starts next to the petrol station/post office in Laide. Take the coastal footpath, either from the north side of the beach or the end of the road in the village. Where the path starts to head uphill to a viewpoint, continue by the coast and the fin is easily seen below. A boulder hop is possible at low tide but it is easier to abseil down the easy angled slabs facing the stack, which are on a rib heading out into the sea. Either traverse the rib until opposite the stack or if you're not a fan of steep grass, descend to the beach behind the rib and gain the same point from behind. 15mins or so. It is a good idea to leave a rope, but you could also pick a line up the slabs to finish.

There are insitu threads with a snap link in the middle of the fin with the abseil going down the line of Huckleberry Fin. The rope thread and snap link are from July 2011.


Described from left to right

Udrigle Fin West Face Topo

Decoy Cafe 10m E1 5b

Huckleberry Fin 10m VS 4c
Eases with height, so keep going.

Sitting Duck 10m HVS 5b

Udrigle Fin South Face Topo

Honeycomb 10m HS 4b
Tricky groove to begin before exposed but easy moves through the honeycombed roof.

First Ascent Info

First Ascent of Honeycomb
Date Route(s) Climber(s)
1990s Huckleberry Fin N Ritchie and B Lawrie
7 Apr 2003 Sitting Duck, Decoy Cafe A Cunningham and A Fyffe
Jul 2011 Honeycomb C Brown and A James

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