Climbs 41
Rocktype Slate

Some say dry tooling is the devil's work... © Chris Prescott

Crag features

Newtyle Quarry (AKA Birnam) is a unique climbing venue. In a short history it has been host to the development of a few good middle grade rock climbs, both trad and sport, and also some aid projects in the deep amphitheatre, The Tube. The rock here is Slate, which is pretty unusual in Scotland.

In 2003 a further spate of development has seen the establishment of some hard routes of several styles. Side by side in the Tube now sit a dry tooling route D13, a sports route F8b and a trad route E7. There are also three sport routes above the tube, aswell as a tooling route.

Since Fast and Furious was completed by Scott Muir further dry tooling routes have been established, and now a variety exist ranging from an amenable D4 to a savage D13.

Please do not dry tool any established rock climbs, or any new lines that are rock-climbable.
Particularly do not dry tool Spandau Ballet. The rock is soft and tools will damage the finger crack.
The rock is loose and chossy. It is also quite soft. Placements, especially slots in seams, will sometimes blow out.
Experience has shown that it is worth wearing a helmet when belaying. This is because of both loose rock being knocked down, and also the occasional axe being dropped.

Approach notes

Taking the A984 from Dunkeld toward Coupar Angus, after 2km you will reach the Deans park housing estate. The Quarry is in the wood to the right of this. The old entrance to the quarry is marked by an iron gate.

Please park with consideration to local residents.

Park either by the start of the private road, or in the open ground up the rough track.

Topo here:
ERU - 10/Nov/14
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
 Doorjamb Slab 
2Give Me Sunshine6c+ 1
3Spandau BalletE2 5c **22
M6 56
M5 **153
6GroovilisciousM4 195
7BonzaiM4 *173
8Beginers slabM3 4
 Happy Hooker Wall 
10A Mind of MetalM7 22
11Insane in the MembraneM8 22
12Happy HookerM7 74
13Urban TurbanM7 15
14Va Va Voom
M8 37
15The StingM8 1
 Pantile Slab 
17Pentile Headlap
E2 5b * 
 The Outhouse Slab 
E3 6a  
 The Main Slab 
21Just Gentleman
E3 5c  
E2 5b * 
E1 5a  
24Soft Shoe Shuffle
E1 5a *1
E3 5b ** 
E3 5c * 
27Slateford Road
E2 5b ** 
28Compulsive Gambler
E5 6a *** 
29Counting Out Time
E3 5c **3
30The Fringe
E4 6a  
 The Tube 
32Gone in 60 SecondsE7 6c  
33Hurley Burley
8b 4
34Training for SomethingM12 2
35Fast and FuriousM10 65
36Too Fast Too FuriousM11 4
37DTS SpiritM12 ***5
38Torch LiteM11 **16
39The Big Bad WolfM12 ***3
40F.C.U.K.M12+ ***3
41Torch Lite TooM11+ **4
42FrankensteinM13 ***2
43Fly You Fools!M6 **2
 Upper Tier 
45Hammerhead and the QuarrymanM8 1
46el Ringo6a+ *2
47Dance into the Groove6b+ **1
48Like a Virgin6c * 

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