Neilston Quarry, near Glasgow – Climbing Routes

Ah, yet another tasty day for the rockface! I rallied the crew and with a new bouldering mat in tow no time was wasted in getting to another nearby crag. As most know the weather in Scotland is very unpredictable, the best you can hope for is a lack of sideways rain.

And so the hunt was on. I’ve never been to Neilston quarry before but I’ve heard of it by word of mouth. Directions were minimal it’s out near Barrhead. Indeed it is, you have to cut through Barrhead from the M77 or the M8. Once there you find signs for Neilston.  With the local swimming pool on your left take the 2nd left and follow the road out into what appear to be back roads. There will be a turning on your left with a power mast (a big one!) you are now at Neilston Quarry.

This place is small and well sheltered from the wind but the sun gets in fine. The grassy areas are a little boggy when wet but other than that it’s a nice place to chill. The routes are fairly simple with plenty of protection for lead or top roping. Neilston is ideal for those looking to start out on their own.

Luckily I was bouldering only and we were the only ones there so we had the full crag to boulder. The highest point was about 12m high but it was mainly easy sloping routes with a pleasing amount of cracks to work on. The place was pretty clean also much cleaner than Auchinstarry which actually had bins.

As always if you’re out exploring or trying new crags take all the usual essentials, but take a polly bag with you it’s light an easily becomes a binbag so you can dispose of your rubbish later, rather than leaving it for someone else.
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