/ Xscape or Glasgow Climbing Centre?
Bearing in mind that this a a day trip from Arran would you recommend Xscape, Braehead or Glasgow climbing centre? Have cheap car travel on ferry (married to Calmac ;-)...), so can bring vehicle, but was also planning to combine with rare trip to cinema (hence appeal of Braehead...). If not bringing car will be getting train to central station. How accessible is the Glasgow Climbing Centre by public transport?
Thanks for advice...
GCC i'd say...
as for transport: it's a couple of minutes walk from either cessnock or ibrox tube stops (it's bang between the two) and a million buses run down paisley rd west from the city centre with the bus stop right outside the door... either way you're talking a few minutes from the city centre.
That sounds horrific!!!
Thankyou. I tend to be a bit country bumpkin on my trips to Glasgow....
ooh and just remembered when i had my brother and the kids down last year they were staying at a hotel on paisley rd west, just closer into the city centre from the GCC and they had a cinema on the opposite side of the road...
Looking at the timing of this, if we want to make the last ferry and go to movies, we will have to bring the car... Whats the parking like at GCC?
You can Climb at X-Scape at Breahead we are affiliated with GCC. They use Autobelays instead of ropes, a quick test of belaying, tying in and explanation of how to use the autobelays and you can climb. If you are a member of GCC you can topup you membership to cover X-Scape as well.
Just along the road
Another vote for GCC, as mentioned parking can be a bit of a pain, you can usually get a space round the back though.
For the cinema afterwards you just jump on Paisley Road West for a couple of minutes and you'll find yourself at The Quay which has a nice big Odeon multiplex. Plus it's probably easier in terms of motorway access as well.
I used to have a monthly pass and do a few hours with whoever was knocking about/auto belays on the way home from work, Dont remember your face though :-(
Back to the OP, You can have a normal climbing session at xscape walls but remember it is designed as a tourist attraction mainly for non climbers
It is often said that the Braehead wall is only open to groups for timed sessions. This is not the case. After a ten minute, once only, induction, you can climb there individually for as long as your arms can take it, on payment of the day fee. It is not as good as GCC but I go there quite often if I am on my own, since because of a dodgy knee I can't go bouldering. The climbing is very samey but the autobelays let you down gently. The lack of adequate changing facilities is a drawback however. If you are with a partner, or would enjoy bouldering, go to GCC.
Went to GCC. Lovely wall and friendly staff. Shame the cafe wasn't open during the day. Bit of a mission from Arran for the day but had too much fun to bother with the cinema which is a good sign! Maybe I'll go back!
I'd also recommend the Kelvin Hall bouldering wall. It's in the west end but not difficult to get to on the tube.
I was in there the other night for the first time in a few months and they've got some great problems. The place isn't huge, but what they've got is very good ....and very hard!
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