Rosyth Quarry

Climbs 64 – Rocktype Dolerite – Altitude 100m a.s.l – Faces S

Crag features
Despite the grotty-ness of this quarry, the distractions of the M90 and the paintwork on the rock, it's not actually a bad place to climb.

Some decent routes - dries quickly. Worth a visit but take a rope bag - there is a lot of broken glass lying around.

Check out the website for a nice guide with photo Topos (Soon!)

Access notes
Park in Rosyth on Admiralty Rd near M90 roundabout. Take care crossing road!

5 mins walk in. Or park in Inverkeithing and approach from the top. The crag is also easily accessible by train from Edinburgh, there is a station in Inverkeithing.

Lowland Outcrops (2005),
Out of print: Lowland Outcrops (1994)

Climbs at this crag

Sort climbs
 Climb nameGrade
1Route to RootVS 4c 32
2Grot CornerS 109
3Skinny LizzieHVS 5a 12
4Chemical WarfareS *446
5SickleVD *443
6WirewormM 186
7Wireworm DirectD 70
8Smith's DilemmaD *168
9Jack's RouteVD 291
10Legover GrooveVD 212
11STY SlabVD 43
12Andy's RouteVD 282
13Poison DwarfE1 5c 10
14DrizzleS 308
15Pis Allerf4  
16PhilistineE2 6a 30
17Uncouthf6B 1
18Philistine DirectE3 6b  
19The WaullieHVS 5b **362
20C.N.D.S *479
21Gonnae No' Dae ThatS 20
22Hands OffVS 4c 100
23You Jist Took That Too FarE1 5b 5
24Forth BridgeHVS 5a 2
25Fog On The ForthE1 5b 1
26Gumball 3000HVS 5c  
27Suspect DeviceE1 5b 26
28IconoclastHVS 5a *129
29Shady CharacterE1 5a 9
30Whithering Heightsf5  
31Named and ShamedHS 25
32GrenvilleVS 4b *283
33Life During WartimeE1 5b *5
34HeathyVS 4c **513
35Master FwapE1 5b 1
36CathyVS 4c **226
37Broken PillarHVS 5a *115
38Cop OutHS *3
39Unbroken PillarE3 6a 1
40Fire In The QuarryMS 5
41CorpuscleE3 5c 11
42Ram Jam CornerHVS 5a 10
43Pogo GrooveVS 4c 13
44FlakeoffVS 4c *5
45ChangelingVS 4c *8
46The BeautyHVS 5a *19
47The BeastVS 5a *35
48The GrinderHVS 4c 19
49A Cheeky HookE1 5a *1
50Gift HorseVS 4b 38
51PlodHVS 5a 18
52Gold FoilVS 4c *85
53The Flying BinkVS 4c 33
54If Pigs Could FlyE2 5c **15
55Briggy PopHVS 5b 7
56The Stinking SwordsmanE4 6b *1
57Fat SamVS 4c 9
58The Rust BucketE2 6a 2
59Late Night FinalD 31
60JagdhondHVS 5a 13
61SerendipityVS 4c *72
62Tiger PadHVS 5a 13
63InspirationE1 5b 3
64Via Macninen M 2
* Climbs listed in red are waiting to be checked by a crag moderator, and may not be accurate.
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Jammed cams in Heathy removed 3/6/2014. Please try not to get anymore stuck. The cams I removed were both Wild Country size 1.
Fiona Reid - 03/Jun/14
This lovely quarry is now a total dump due to illegal disposal of waste. Been there today and there is a burnt bicycle there, a metal bed frame and lots of rubbish around. Too bad really, the council or climbers should clean it up.
RomTheBear - 21/Apr/14
First time yesterday and was pleasantly surprised. Rock is sound for the most part while the kit depends on the route with some being very good while others are slightly more adventurous. If this place was cleaned out it would be really good.
CyberTaff - 09/Sep/13
Belay stakes could do with being replaced. I gave one above Cathy/Heathy a couple of taps and it fell out completely, was fairly rusted and only buried about a foot deep. The white one beside it seemed a bit more resilient but would be wary about using it!
CMcBain - 08/Apr/12
Youtube footage of Rosyth Quarry.
Denpov - 02/Oct/11
Rock fall leads to injury of belayed at Crag. Climb - Brocken pillar Top roping. A large rock (about the size of a head) came dislodged and fell just missing the belayed but bouncing off the ground and injuring her leg badly enough to warrant a trip to hospital and some stitches. I provided treatment, and recommended the casualty be taken to hospital. The following mistakes where made by that groups leader. 1. They had no first aid kit. 2. No helmets had been supplied by the leader. 3. When swapping the belayed over, he completely unclipped her before then re-clipped into his own harness to lower the climber, (leaving the climbing completely unsecure). 4. The route selection was a poor choice given the large amount of rock fall in that area, esp. given that the clients had never climbed out doors before. 5. They insisted on moving the casualty before having given enough time to rest and against my judgement. These mistakes should be learned from, I donít say them to insult, I put them up hear as reminders as to how small mistakes could potential lead to fatal consequences. Have fun, but be safe.
smile - 08/Jul/11
nice enough quarry with a good view, love the rock and the routes
franksnb - 22/Aug/10
Got my anchor equipment stolen here at the weekend after abseiling & leaving it unattended for around 5mins. Won't be going back here!
Pete23 - 16/Mar/10
A lot of silly eliminates squeezed in here, definitely milking a manky little quarry for all it's worth!
Andy Moles - 23/Feb/10
Airguns and flying fridges seem to be out this year, but quadbikes are most definitely in. This doesn't help communication between leader and second, although access around some of the usually more overgrown parts of the quarry seem to have been helped by the new quadbike width tracks.
JiveWeasel - 03/May/09
Watch out for toaster sized loose block/flake on the left of Tin/Gold Foil, at about five metres up. I tried to knock it off for safety sake, but it's stubborn. Not stubborn enough to trust pro behind, though. Be careful :)
weedom - 29/Jun/08
Not a great venue but still worth a visit as there are some worthwhile climbs. Bring lots of small cams if you have them. Beware of rock throwing neds- they will brain you with any projectiles that come to hand. Those anchor stakes are a bit dodgy too!!
camw - 23/Jun/06
The Waullie (HVS 5b) is awesome, Heathy and Cathy (VS4C) are great but one of them feels that grade, the other feels a lot worse, but I'll not say which! Worth a visit despite the drawbacks which become obvious when you get there. Good for soloing/bouldering stuff.
nickinscottishmountains - 22/May/05
Protection not brilliant on easier climbs but improves with difficulty. If you climb HVS then do The Waullie (5b). Best route in the quarry. Stakes in place to belay but beware of glass/rock throwing neds with pyromanical tendancies.
Rooster - 26/May/03