Climbs 71
Rocktype Trachyte
Altitude 200m a.s.l
Faces S

Evening climbing at Traprain Law © planetmarshall

Crag features

This wee crag is perfect for beginners, an easy half-day or summers evening, offering interesting climbing in the lower to middle grades. Dries quickly and climbing can be had at anytime of the year.

The routes are relatively short, well protected and the non-serious feel of the crag is pleasing.

*Also home to the Most Polished routes in Scotland ?? [Scott D 7/02]

Approach notes

Take great care when parking at the bottom not block the road, nor access to fields.

Access update from the access officer - April 2013

"He(the farmers son) accepts that people have a right to get to the crags and has said that people can walk the original route, across the crops until a better route is created.

His intention is to build a car park at the bottom of the right of way at the west side of Traprain and for there to be a path from the car park to the crags. I am very pleased that this has been agreed, but I think it will be next year before he is able to start any work on it."

Having had a look this week (30/04/2013) please take care not to stray off the line of the old wall as there are crops planted across the full width of the field.


Hot climbing today. Grt easy parking and path.
Scott_vzr - 23/May/15
was here a couple of week ago, and either lost or had taken a full pack of micro nuts, did anyone see them? cheers
boab212 - 09/Jul/14
Wonderful training crag, was here after a long hiatus and the routes gave a perfect warm up on to some tricky problems on the upper mid grades. Some moss but otherwise v dry. Easy to find as long as you park on the south side of the law.
c4tch - 23/Jun/13
A lovely crag for a gentle evenings climbing, polish is not bad at all (especially for those used to the delights of South Quarry)
edinburgerboulderer53 - 26/Oct/11
MacNiven's Left hand variant and Wobble are superb; easily worth ** and quite hard. Great rock. didn't see any scratch marks from Ice climbing though but what pr*cks would do that anyway?!
Ian Jones - 22/Sep/08
Maybe I'm a bit soft, but an hour's walk to an outcrop seems to defeat the purpose of having outcrops! You'd get to the bottom of most routes in the 'Coe faster!
Jamie B. - 10/Aug/07
I agree that access is not impossible by public transport.. Why, the bus stop at the bottom of east linton is right next to the access path, and it is a lovely walk along the river, past Hales Castle and up the track.. Easily navigable as well, since you can see traparin itself from pretty much anywhere.
Robfromcornwall - 19/Jan/07
Word up Mehmet! We did a crackin walk from east linton along the river, past the castle and round the back of the law in 45min..... why is it that climbers have such an aversion to walk ins? thgen spent 6hrs on the crags, walked backed the shorter route along the road and got a pint before goin home. beaut!
Neil Mackenzie - 16/Jun/06
I would just like to say going to Traprain Law on public transport isn't impossible at all. Get the bus to East Linton and it's an hour's walk along flat ground from there. If you're used to walking to mountain routes this shouldn't be a problem at all. Maybe I'm biased as if I didn't rely on public transport I'd never get to go climbing at the moment? It's worth going to but the polish can be an issue. mehmet
Mehmet Karatay - 15/Feb/06
A superb place for those with cars. Aggree entirely with Reuben.
Sam - 12/May/03
A lovely place... but I wouldn't even think about getting there on public transport. The polish is severe, and as such, the Hawkcraig's rough dolerite is probably better for beginners (and the gear's easier to spot). The outlook counts for a lot, but it can be exposed to the wind.
Reuben - 17/Mar/03
This is not a winter climbing venue but some clowns seem to have been treating it as one. There are scratches all over the place now.
Gordon - 27/Apr/02
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
 Overhang Wall 
2Flake 1S 42
3Flake 2D 54
4The Right EdgeVS 4c 38
5SteptoeS *213
6Moss Groove
VD 45
7The Shield
HVS 4c *17
8Down My StreetE1 5b 4
9Flake Wall
D 20
10Flake 3D 110
11Flake 4S 100
12TorqueHVS 5a 24
VS 5a 15
14Left EdgeS **459
15Via MacNivenVS 5a *217
16Via MacNiven VariationVS 4c *64
17WobbleVS 5a *140
18PigletHVS 5b **155
19Piglet's Not GayE1 5b *6
20BurpHVS 5a *191
21The ChuteE1 5b *76
22Great CornerS **579
23Great Corner (direct start)
S 4c 72
24Sabre CutVS 5a **192
25StaircaseVD 195
26Slab and TickleHVS 5b 26
27Fake RouteS *323
28Cats PawHVS 5b 9
29FalsefaceS *144
30DeceptionVD 309
31Wheech's OverhangVS 5a *72
32Ripple RibS 18
33Ripple Rib DirectVS 4c 4
34Via DolorosaS 16
35The Western GirdleVS 5a *8
 Lammer Wall 
37Retard AreteVS 5a 72
38The DirettissimaVS 4c *139
39Tiger WallHVS 5b *53
40The Vertical LadderVD *324
41Double StretchS *274
42Double Stretch - The Keystone VariationHS 22
43The M.S. RouteHS **282
44PinchHS *191
45Pinch Variation
VS 5a 44
S 186
47PedestrianHS 57
48Spider Route 1
S 105
49Spider Route 2
S 97
VD 111
51Floggle Toggle
VD 74
52ParabolaS *14
53Queue CornerS *72
54Turf TrundleVS 4b 7
55Flakers CushionVS 4
 Hexagon Wall 
57Hexagon WallVD *112
58Hexagon EdgeHS 4a 2
59DangleHVS 5a *10
60Sod DanglingHS 5
61FrodoHS 4
E2 6a 1
63Beatle Crack
E1 5c *2
64Hanging Crack
HVS 5a 2
VD 4
66Pip's Pillar
VS 4b 2
 Diamond Wall 
68Easy Ticket
S 1
69The Fox
E3 6a  
70Black Diamond
71Diamond Back
E1 5a  
 Traprain Law Quarry 
73Stairway to hellHVS *1
74Mordor crackHVS *2
75The doomsday propheciesE2 *  
76Traprain Law HS 2
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