Am Buachaille

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Am Buachaille
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Am Buachaille
Map showing the location of Am Buachaille
Map showing the location of Am Buachaille
Location in Scotland
OS gridNC201652
Coordinates58°32′15″N 5°05′30″W / 58.5374°N 5.0918°W / 58.5374; -5.0918Coordinates: 58°32′15″N 5°05′30″W / 58.5374°N 5.0918°W / 58.5374; -5.0918

Am Buachaille is a sea stack, or vertical rock formation composed of Torridonian Sandstone, 1 mile (1.6 km) south-west of Sandwood Bay in the Scottish county of Sutherland. It lies at the tip of the Rubh' a Bhuachaille headland around 5 miles (8.0 km) north of Kinlochbervie.

The stack is 65 metres (213 ft) high[1] and was first climbed in 1968 by the mountaineers Tom Patey, Ian Clough and John Cleare.[2][3] At least four climbing routes are identified on Am Buachaille which is considered a "famous" sea stack climb[4] and has been called the "most serious of 'the big three' Scottish stacks"[5] and a "truly great stack".[6] The easiest route is graded Hard Very Severe (HVS) and access to the stack involves a 30 metres (98 ft) swim at low tide.[5][7]

The name means "the herdsman" or "the shepherd" in Scottish Gaelic.[2][5]


  1. ^ Am Buachaille Sea-Stack, Sandwood Bay, Welcome to Scotland. Retrieved 2014-02-18.
  2. ^ a b Sandwood Bay is a beautiful beach shrouded in mystery, The Scotsman, 2010-07-13. Retrieved 2014-02-18.
  3. ^ Sandwood Bay on
  4. ^ Am Buachaille, UK Climbing. Retrieved 2014-02-18.
  5. ^ a b c Latter.G & MacInnes.H (2009) Scottish rock volume 2 - north, Pesda Press (p.297).
  6. ^ North West Highlands. Retrieved 2014-02-18.
  7. ^ Scottish sea stack Archived 2014-02-18 at, Planet fear, 2005-10-10. Retrieved 2014-02-18.