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Neilston Quarry

East Renfrewshire, SCOTLAND

Climbs 36 – Rocktype Dolerite – Altitude 50m a.s.l – Faces W

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]

Access 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.

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Climbs at this crag

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 Climb nameGradex
1Right-Angled CornerD 59
2Corner and GrooveD 80
3Flake RouteVD *138
4Pinkerton's CornerS 267
5Corner AreteS 153
6Kristeen's CrackVD *237
7Ally's Gash HS 4b *7
8Polish DirectHS 96
9Juggy CrackVD 74
10Strawberry DirectE2 6a *37
11Strawberry CrackS **361
12Spiney BoulderVD 64
13Easy Gully D 82
14B.N.IS 84
15Broken AreteVD 128
16Y-CrackVD 115
17Stephen SlabHS *77
18Crack CornerVD *180
 Climb nameGradex
19Polish HangoverVS 4c *116
20Polish Punk RockHVS 4c *19
21Intrusion LineVD 144
22Punk RockHVS 5a **166
23Curving CrackHVS 5a *153
24TwistedE3 5c **17
25Willie's RouteS **261
26Willie's Route VariationE2 6a 48
27FornicationVS 4c 136
28hyper realityVS 4b 86
29Grassy CrackS 85
30Jigsaw JiveVD 60
31Whitehorse RibS 4b 33
32Grot GullyM 13
33Peg LegHVS 5b 34
34Peg Legf5+ *5
35Daves mildly moist crack *S 4a *3
36Left and Left *S 1
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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