Cragging in and around Glasgow
Summer cragging is always weather dependant. If you are looking for a climbing partner or a lift you can post a message on the message board. A WhatsApp group for those with smartphones is also used to help with co-ordination e.g. for organising lifts and managing last minute changes of venue due to the weather. Any changes and cancelations are posted on the message board as early as possible.
If you are interested in taking up climbing, or want to join our cragging evenings then please come along to The Bowlie to meet us a week or two before. We'll make you very welcome and explain how we organise things.
Venues are decided a week or two in advance and posted on the Calendar and Message Board. The venues we use include Auchinstarry, Neilston Quarry, The Whangie, Loudon Hill, Craigmore, Quadrocks, Ben A'an, Hawcraig, Benny Beg.
April 29 - Craigmore. If wet weather prevails we may relocate indoors or stay out to practice setting up belays/abseil techniques/escaping from the system etc. Check the Message board and WhatsApp for updates.
April 22 - Neilston Quarry
Grid ref: OS Landranger Map 64, NS 719 771
Take the M80 towards Stirling and follow it as it becomes the A80. Go through the interminable 30mph sections around Moodiesburn past a few exits and then take the one towards Kilsyth. Following signs to Kilsyth, go straight on at the first roundabout, take the fourth exit at the next larger one and then the second exit at the next one. Go straight through the next roundabout and pass through Croy with its chicanes. After Croy you get to a T-junction, go right here (still towards Kilsyth). Drive past the marina and over the canal and the quarry is just on your right.
In the car park. Reverse park and you can belay from the lip of your car’s boot!
Grid ref: OS Landranger Map 64, NS 474 558
Head out towards Barrhead on the A736, take the left turn past Tesco towards Neilston. Stay on this till you get in to Neilston and turn left onto High St (church on your right, pharmacy ahead of you). Follow this road round, over the railway and the hill for just under a mile and you should see the quarry on your left next to an electricity pylon.
You can fit a couple of cars on the left-hand verge just at the entrance gate. Alternatively a few metres down the road there is a small road on the right you can park along the side of. The area on the left just before you get to the entrance is private Scottish Water land and should not really be used.
Grid ref: OS Landranger Map 64, NS 492 801
From Glasgow take the A809 Drymen road to Queens View car part. From here follow the path up around the hillside for about 25 minutes to a high point at a small tree and rock step. Descend to alower path and the crag is reached in a further 5 minutes.
Grid ref: OS Landranger Map 64, NS 609 379
Take the M77 to Kilmarnock which becomes the A77. Turn left onto the A71 towards Galston and Strathaven. Go through Galston and Darvel and after about 2 miles you should see Loudoun Hill on your left. Take the next left up a small road sign-posted to Loudoun Hill and the car park is on your left a few hundred metres up the road. Go through the gate and down the new paths and find a way across the stream. Go up the hill and follow the paths round to the main area which has a large tree on the left. There are sometimes nesting birds on Loudoun Hill in the spring at the climbs on the far right of the hill, which should be avoided.
Grid ref: OS Landranger 64, Map NS 527 797
Take the A809 towards Drymen and just after the Carbeth Inn turn right onto the B821. After passing a white walled drive stop opposite the next turning off, about 1km down the road and next to a stile on the left-hand (North) side of the road
Either go over the stile and head up the field a short way to the crag on your left (sometimes a bit boggy); or walk back up the road a short way to another stile, cross this and head along the field till an obvious descent path on the right.
On the roadside verges with usual consideration for other cars or any entrances.
Grid ref: OS Landranger Map 58, NN 862 188
Benny Beg is located 1 mile to the south of Crieff (west of Perth). From the A9, turn left onto the A822, signposted Braco. Then follow signs for Crieff to the Ceramic Experience and eventually the Benny Beg Nursery, on the right. The crag is located 100m North on the right, past the Nursery entrance as you approach from Stirling. The local businesses and Drummond Estates have asked climbers to please park considerately in the space provided, just through the farm gate.