Climbs 69
Rocktype Dolerite

Faces S

Pain Pillar © Lawrie Brand

Crag features

This sea-cliff is easily accessed from Aberdour and offers a good number of middle-grade climbs. It faces south, dries quickly and is very popular on summer evenings.

Best Route : Pain Pillar VS 4c

Approach notes


Beware of nesting seas birds during the summer months.

Only the west end of the crag is accessible during high-tide.

Hi Mike. Look carefully further back towards the fence. You might find something useful.
Hay - 14/Jun/14
Be careful with the belay at the top of Pain Pillar. One of the fins of rock has been removed and there doesn't seem to be much holding in another one!
Mike-W-99 - 17/Apr/14
Noticed yesterday that the two bolts at the top have been removed which makes setting up belays more tricky. Any ideas why?
CyberTaff - 15/Sep/13
Please careful when belaying off the tree at the top of Asinine/The Lily/Gunga Din etc as one of the branches has been sawn through and is no longer attached. Make sure you attached yourself to the solid branch!!!
Fiona Reid - 25/Apr/13
the bottom of the crag is dry from ~3 hours either side of low tide. If the tide is higher the choice is between an exciting traverse in, or the shorter routes at either end.
ligaya - 09/Jul/07
Asinine is every bit as good as Pain Pillar, but not 5a.
Jamie B. - 11/Sep/05
yip this crag is first class. you can even try deep water soloing in the summer months if your mad enough
maximus altitudus - 27/Dec/04
...I forgot to mention the bakery in Aberdour - simply a special place...
Reuben - 17/Mar/03
The best crag in Eastern Scotland for access by public transport, and very amenable for the biginner. The whole place feels very friendly, with good holds, protection and surprisingly rough rock. The place also has a great outlook, and routes are very enjoyable - not just Pain Pillar. The VS and HVS lines are very good, Guano would be a good first HVS lead, and the climbs out of the alcove on the west of the crag are lovely, Cranium Crack. The crag can catch the wind, but can also be sunny when Edinburgh isn't.
Reuben - 17/Mar/03
Excellent climbing in the middle grades but can be loose in places so caution required.
Rooster - 25/Jan/03
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
1 Cutglass Corner
S 1
2 Doo'cot Wall
VD 1
3Fish Head AreteVD *556
4Fish Head WallVD 167
5Fish Head Wall (Direct Finish)S 71
6Ugh!HS *444
7SacrilegeHVS 5a 22
VS 4b *168
9Squirrel SlabVS 5a *227
10Weasel WallE2 5c 15
11Garlic BreadE2 6a 4
12PizzaE2 5c 4
13Cranium CrackVS 4c, 4c *228
14Conquistador CrackVS 5a *141
15The GroperHVS 5a 37
16Stomach AcheVS 4b *142
17The BeastHS 4c 133
18Gismo DirectHVS 5a *65
19GismoVS 4c *147
20Pain PillarVS 4c ***1127
21Gaucho DirectHVS 5a **43
22GauchoHVS 5a **424
E2 5a 1
24Rebel's GrooveVS 5a *132
25SakiVS 4c *237
26Short CircuitVS 5a *27
27Slack Alice
HS 121
HS 77
E1 5a 1
HS 36
31The DwarfE1 5b *24
32Guano Variation
E2 5b 7
33GuanoVS 5a **411
VD 230
35The Chimney
VD 140
36The Chimney Direct FinishS 43
37Chimney Arete
VD 106
38AsinineVS 5a **528
39The AreteHVS 5a 64
40The LillyS **675
41Gunga DinS **501
HS 93
43SaracenVS 4c *285
44Toerag's Wall (Direct Start)HVS 5a *101
45Toerag's WallS 250
46Hip ReplacementE1 5b 4
47DipteraVS 4c 87
VD *308
S 88
50Aaron's Way
S 18
51Hallelujah Wall
HS *526
52Rib and Groove
HS 27
53The Whang
D *142
54Flake and Wall
S *309
55Flake and Wall (Direct Finish)
S *58
56Five o'clock Shadow Arete
HVS 5a 3
57Guillemot Head Mush
VS 5a 9
58Shadow Corner
S 106
59Destiny Groove
S *228
60The Dreeping Beak
E1 5c 25
61UrmiVS 4c *152
62MaureenS 176
63Welly Wall
VD 238
64SerendipityHVS 5a 36
65EurekaVS 5a *227
66Where Were You?
E2 5b 14
VS 4c 52
68The Low GirdleVS 4c *62
69The High Girdle
HVS 5b *24

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