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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]

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Climbs at this crag

Sort climbs
 Climb nameGradex
1Right-Angled CornerD 56
2Corner and GrooveD 73
3Flake RouteVD *130
4Pinkerton's CornerS 243
5Corner AreteS 141
6Kristeen's CrackVD *217
7Ally's Gash HS 4b *4
8Polish DirectHS 92
9Juggy CrackVD 70
10Strawberry DirectE2 6a *35
11Strawberry CrackS **333
12Spiney BoulderVD 61
13Easy Gully D 75
14B.N.IS 75
15Broken AreteVD 117
16Y-CrackVD 103
17Stephen SlabHS *71
18Crack CornerVD *158
 Climb nameGradex
19Polish HangoverVS 4c *103
20Polish Punk RockHVS 4c *15
21Intrusion LineVD 131
22Punk RockHVS 5a **155
23Curving CrackHVS 5a *139
24TwistedE3 5c **16
25Willie's RouteS **236
26Willie's Route VariationE2 6a 48
27FornicationVS 4c 129
28hyper realityVS 4b 75
29Grassy CrackS 76
30Jigsaw JiveVD 56
31Whitehorse RibS 4b 33
32Grot GullyM 13
33Peg LegHVS 5b 33
34Peg Legf5+ *5
35Daves mildly moist crack *S 4a *2
36Left and Left *S 1
* Climbs listed in red are waiting to be checked by a crag moderator, and may not be accurate.
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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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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