Climbs 38
Rocktype Dolerite
Altitude 50m a.s.l
Faces W

Neilston Quarry © Gibson

Crag features

An OK wee crag on summer's evening for bouldering, top roping or leading. Willie's Route (S) is good but a tad bold at the top for those new to leading. Punk Rock (HVS 5a) is a good technical route taking a steep pillar past an in- situ engineering nut. Fornication (VS) has a fair bit of loose rock so beware. Strawberry Crack is good but short. ['God of Stretheyre' 3/05]

Approach notes

Take the M8 heading to Kilmarnock, come off at J22 and follow the road to Barrhead and then into Neilston. Follow the back road out of Neilston heading away from Glasgow; you will see the pad on your left hand side.


We went here just last week,, forgot to pick up our shoes so not too much climbing was done but we did some scrambling and set up some anchors. Pretty solid and fun abseiling, looking forward to going with shoes next time. 50m rope is needed though. Good placed for protection placements, one full set of nuts would probably do to be honest but I always like to have spares.
Alexgj - 25/Apr/14
photo of rockfall now uploaded to gallery for this crag
Brownie - 02/Apr/13
Large block fallen off line of Grassy Crack on quarry floor
Brownie - 01/Apr/13
Neilston Quarry is excellent for beginners, i take my 10 and 7 year old boys here who dont face much difficulty, there is harder climbs, usually top or bottom roped, leading can be difficult due to limited protection
kevinmuirhead - 14/Feb/12
Nice topo @
mountainmachine - 06/Jun/10
I learned to lead here, and moved to Sheffield because of it! Remains a great spot for beginners, and those with a good eye will find climbing up to 6c.
Kinley - 26/Jun/05
You can get a train direct to Neilston from Glasgow Central (twice an hour). Ask for directions to "the pad" but walk 100m beyond the sign and entrance for the pad's country walk to reach the crag. Leading is tricky due to little protection lower down and bouldering requires a creative approach. Some small boulder problems to the high right and low left of the crag. Local shop about 10 mins walk (on the road to the quarry). Sunny from about 2 onwards (if it's not raining that is)
Weebl - 25/May/05
quite a broken quarry with a lot of grassy areas. if it was about 6 times the size the gullys would make great winter routes - there is a lot of grass! the lower grade climbing is easy but i didnt think the protection was that great. a lot of the cracks were full of turf. good for beginners - i did my first leads here. a couple of stakes at the top provide quick belays. the ground below the crag gets waterlogged.
alrobertson - 26/Apr/04
nice photos get leading
hty - 15/Aug/03
I've been to Neilston Quarry once before, it is ideal for beginers as there are some easy routes which are not high and can be top roped. However, experienced climbers should not expect a big day out climbing here as there is not much of a challenge here & the routes are limited, although it is good for training & it is in a nice enclosed space!
Jay Jay - 23/Jan/03
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
 Left Buttress 
2Left and LeftS 5
3Right-Angled Corner
D 65
4Corner and Groove
D 88
5Flake Route
VD *151
6Pinkerton's Corner
S 320
7Corner Arete
S 180
8Kristeen's Crack
VD *266
9Ally's GashHS 4b *10
10Polish Direct
HS 115
 Right Buttress 
12Girdle Traversef5+ 4
13Juggy Crack
VD 90
14Strawberry DirectE2 6a *44
15Strawberry Crack
S **423
16Spiney Boulder
VD 71
17Easy Gully
D 92
S 97
19Broken Arete
VD 144
VD 123
21Stephen Slab
HS *89
22Crack Corner
VD *199
23Polish Hangover
VS 4c *128
24Polish Punk RockHVS 4c *19
25Intrusion Line
VD 169
26Punk RockHVS 5a **184
27AddendumE1 5b 2
28Curving Crack
HVS 5a *176
29TwistedE3 5c **22
30Daves mildly moist crackS 4a *5
31Willie's Route
S **299
32Willie's Route Variation
E2 6a 53
VS 4c 147
34hyper realityVS 4b 94
35Grassy Crack
S 92
36Jigsaw Jive
VD 62
37Whitehorse RibS 4b 36
38Grot Gully
M 15
39Peg LegHVS 5b 47
40The Finf4 3

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