/ Introductory Leads, Glasgow area?
The Whangie or Auchenstarry as well as Neilston were where I learned the basics.
I'd leave it until the springtime though.
Nielston is the most beginner friendly. Auchinstarry has a couple at that grade. Maybe Loudoun hill. Would urge caution on The whangie- some great rock but also some very chossy bits- requires careful judgement, so maybe best to wait until you have a bit more experience. Cant think what else to reccomend...
Limekilns in fife has a few "VS"s which are very solid and take lots of gear, and IMO would be graded severe-HS in many places. Maybe still a bit much though. There a bit steep but with good holds.
It's a bit of a shame- you've got great access to some really top stuff once you've got a bit more experience but there's limited stuff for beginners in the vicinity.
Look out for a sunny day with little wind if you want to get out this time of year without your hands freezing.
Unfortunately the last round of council vandalism at Auchinstarry did a lot of damage to the best beginners routes in the car park area (Access Route, Anarchist and Tar). What is left of their upper sections is still loose and dirty and now lacking protection, though the climbing is easier.
Scream (S) is still OK.
Hawkcraig (Aberdour) has some good well protected VDiffs: Fish Head Arete, Ganja, Escalator.
loudoun hill its great Auchinstarry Quarry is good but only dun a few climbs there if you want to go east try Rosyth Quarry a lot at V VD S VS
and its not to high lots of gear should wait till the weather improves
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