Court Knowe Quarry

Climbs 26 – Rocktype Dolerite – Altitude ? – Faces SW

Crag features
Limited but enjoyable climbing. Routes from 3 to Font 7a+.

Routes are slightly overgrown at top but the rock is generally sound. Quarry consists of main face and two side walls. The main face is roughly 8-9m high with several cracks, left wall has two chimney routes (4a and 5a) and the right wall offers various routes as well (though most are overgrown in summer). Bouldering is possible but hindered by rocky landing on some routes (plenty of mats and spotters needed). Graffiti on main wall suggests potential conflict of usage between climbers and local kids.

Access to the top of the crag can be made by following the path up the right of the crag, then round through the trees. A Gap in the fence allows access to the top of the routes.

The fence is generally sound for anchoring, although it is some distance from the cliff face.

A Tree on the left (looking from below)is also fairly sound.


Parking is best on Seil Drive, just 2 seconds round the corner from the crag. Try not to block the junction with Old Castle Road as it's a tight one at the best of times!

Approach notes
From the stairs at Cathcart Train Station, turn left down the pedestrian tunnel. Left again up Delvin Road, then straight over the junction to Old Castle Road. Follow Old Castle road uphill, past the Old Smiddy Pub, untill it's juction with Seil Drive. The quarry is behind railings on left just before Seil Drive. It is NOT in Linn Park as some guides suggest but instead lies directly opposite the entrance to the park.


Out of print: Bouldering in Scotland (2008), Lowland Outcrops (1994)

Climbs at this crag

Sort climbs
 Climb nameGrade
1There is no spoonf7A+ ***2
2Blue Tit's Nest CrackV1 5a *18
3Girdle TraverseV1 5b 9
4Wullie's CrackV1 5a *22
5DF118'sV4 6a+ 4
6Layback CrackV0 4c 15
7Coleptra CrackVB 3b 17
8Snowy's Big TraverseV4 6b 7
9Thin Finger's CrackE1 5c 8
10Last Routenone 4a 14
11Mountain Climber Routenone 4c 20
12Grotty GrooveV0 4c 3
13Andrew's WallV0 4c 10
14Chockstone CrackV1 5a 6
15Blue Tit's Left Handf5 *7
16Blue Tit's Right Handf5 9
17The Pressf3+ 9
18Coleptera Traversef6A *3
19The Red Pillf7A *1
20Ten Year Wallf6A 5
21Everest CornerVB 3b 1
22Right WallVB 3b 1
23Easy ArÍteVB 3a 1
24ConsolationVB 3a 1
25The Long ReachVB 4a 1
26MudcrackVB 4b 1
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Denpov - 14/Aug/10