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The Faither

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The Faither (far point) is the most northerly point of land to the west of Ronas Voe. Originally discovered when a visiting party were in search of stacks. They did indeed find the Faither stack, reputed as one of the best in Shetland if not anywhere in the UK! While there they discovered some awesome mainland climbing and returned for several days to climb there, which says a lot given that its an hour's slog in, requires 100m ab ropes and a big rack!


In Eshaness, take a right turn signposted to Jonnie Notion's Bod, just before the cafe and drive down here for 1 mile. Just before a cattle grid turn right down a gravel track, signposted to Tingon. After about 1 mile, park at a high point, just before the wall and gate. From here walk north and keep going! If you really want to get to the Faither don't walk along the cliff route, as we guarantee you will get distracted by the shear potential along here!


Geese frequently nest in the North area of The Faither in June and July. Geese and their goslings have been found in the area of the routes in these months. Caution should be used when approaching the area of the climbs as there are few options for any birds to move away. The Arched Wall and Prophecy Wall are likely to be OK if  geese are found to be there as they will move away if you are patient. An approach to the NW Corner and North Wall should not be made if geese and goslings are present as the birds will not be able to move away whilst you are present as the area is not escapable.


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  1. Ian Parnell says:

    Very good crag with lots of “ambiance” on a high sea day.
    The Oracle, The Augurist and Sea Change all worth their stars. Managed to get reasonable pro on Total Recall and thought worth a couple of stars

  2. Ross says:

    I think you are right Total Recall should have at least a star. I think I was attempting to differentiate between the routes and taking in the lack of Mark’s pro when he made the ascent.

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