Continuing my adventures in outdoor climbing I now visit Craigmore, having tackled Auchinstarry and Neilston. Craigmore is situated between Carbeth and Strathblane, quiet and pretty hidden from the main roads you would miss it if you didn’t know what to look for.
Currently my excursions are based on any free time I have so the easier and quicker it is to get to the place the better. This means I can maximise my time doing actual climbing and minimises the time and energy used to get there. I’m sure that like I, most people hate long arduous motorway and back road drives especially when it is your 1st time visiting a place. Not only that but my phones GPS stops working as soon as it loses a signal. Thankfully the Craigmore bloc is only 10 miles out of Glasgow on the outskirts of Bearsden so it was ideal.
The site is actually really large compared to the latter sites I have visited and has so many routes in isolated sections that a number of climbing groups of various levels could pitch and spend the day climbing without interfering with each other. Additionally the site offers top rope (you will need something to anchor to or use a nearby tree) lead, trad and bouldering routes at different sections of the area. Craigmore is a ridge that follows a small, thinly forested area running the length of the accessing field this means that you can walk along the top of the entire face and scramble down to the point you want to use. This is easier than walk/scrambling alongside the rock face which changes between rocky, flat and wooded terrain. While relaxing at the bottom of the rock face I noticed there were large settled boulders between 3 and 5 foot high. These are flat topped and made a good place to sit in the sun, but aside from that the boulders offer a great place for young kids to get an introduction to bouldering practice. Nothing challenging but it would provide a fairly safe way for getting a feel for bouldering.
Craigmore is a great spot with climbs suitable for beginners to veterans it’s got adequate shelter from the wind due to its outline and the surrounding trees but not so much that its cold and damp. The only real drawback I could see would be that some faces are a bit mossy. This can be easily overcome with a stiff brush and thanks to some research I was prepared for this so I gave some parts a light scrub but not enough to do any damage. I usually do a bit of research on the locations just to make sure I don’t take too much gear or even worse too little. I found stone countrie’s PDFs invaluable for this. These well detailed brochures are free and have helpful photos and maps but often include routes and simple how too guides to get you started. The link to the Craigmore Bloc is
on the link below so make sure you check it out.
Due to the size of this area I’ll be breaking it up into sections to giving my own views on various routes within the Craigmore Bloc so be sure to come back for more on these and other locations.