Cragging in and around Glasgow


Cragging takes place on Wednesday evenings after work, during the summer at Central Belt crags.  During the winter and on bad weather evenings in summer, we switch to Glasgow Climbing Centre or The Climbing Academy


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.  We'll make you very welcome and explain how we organise things.


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 cancellations are posted on WhatsApp and the message board as early as possible.


A summer cragging list is drawn up at the beginning of the season. Weather is checked on a Monday morning and monitored until Wednesday, WhatsApp and Message Board is updated accordingly.  Venues we use include, Auchinstarry, Neilston Quarry, The Whangie, Loudoun Hill, Quadrocks, Ben A'an, Hawcraig, Benny Beg, Dumbarton RockCraigmaddie

2019 Calendar

Wednesday evenings





01/05/19  Neilston

08/05/19 Neilston

15/05/19 Auchinstarry

22/05/19  The Whangie

29/05/19  Loudon Hill



05/06/19      Auchinstarry

12/06/19       Quadrocks

19/06/19       Craigmore

26/06/19     Ben A'an



03/07/19 Benny Beg

10/07/19 Quadrocks

17/07/19      Hawkcraig

24/07/19     Cambusbarron

31/07/19      Loudon Hill



07/08/19      The Whangie

14/08/19       Neilston

21/08/19      Auchinstarry

28/08/19     Neilston



July   Kirrie Hill

August  The Cobbler


*Dates and venues subject to change due to weather conditions


Auchinstarry Quarry (Croy)

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!



Neilston Quarry

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.


The Whangie (near Drymen)

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.


Loudoun Hill (Ayrshire)

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.


Craigmore (north of Milngavie)

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.

Quadrocks (Largs)

Grid Ref: OS Landranger Map 63, NS 220 605

Ben A'an (Trossachs)

Grid Ref: OS Landranger Map 57


Hawcraig (Fife)

Grid ref: OS Landranger Map 66, NT 200 849


Bennybeg (Crieff)

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.


Dumbarton Rock

Grid ref: OS Landranger Map 63, NS 399 745




Grid ref: OS Landranger Map , NS 586 763