Loudoun Hill

Climbs 100 – Rocktype Trachyte – Altitude 210m a.s.l – Faces S

Crag features
A magnificent landmark towering over the valley with three faces and many three star routes. Central Wall features the Edge (VS), a superb natural arete, offering huge exposure for the grade.

Approach notes
Good car parking. Crag is about 400 metres across a small stream. Look for stepping stones near the broken down wall.

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

Climbs at this crag

Sort climbs
 Climb nameGrade
2Pulpit ChimneyM 67
3SlingsE4 5c **13
4LungeE3 6a ***40
5Pulpit CrackHVS 5a **254
6Pulpit AreteS ***404
8Senile SlabE4 5c 5
9Amphitheatre AreteD 85
10Gorse RouteD 34
11Mantelshelf WallVS 4c **132
12ClingE2 5c 9
13Shattered CornerS 4a 107
14Frustration WallHS 4b **248
15Frustration Wall (RH Finish)VS 5a 48
16Conclusion WallHS 4b *146
17EpitaphVS 4c 116
18Epitaph VariationE2 5c **127
19Coffin ChimneyVS 4b 19
20Busman's HolidayVS 5a 19
22Trench DirectVS 4b 7
23Contortion GrooveVS 4c 4
24Sadist's GrooveHVS 5a 16
25ItVS 4c 1
26Planet XHVS 5a 1
27Tottering LaybackHS 4b 10
28Quick SkiveVS 4c **48
29ChalksterE2 5c 28
30Dee's CrackHVS 5a ***93
31AutomationE1 5b 13
32John's LastHVS 5a *8
33MessiahE2 5b 3
34The BelkE1 5b ***186
35RingE1 5b *12
36StrifeS 4a *103
37Rocking Stone GrooveM 10
38Evening GrooveS 4a 14
39Slab and GrooveHS 4b 16
40Cave CrackHVS 4c ***116
41The Troll WallE2 5c *3
42Hobbit CrackE1 5b *9
43Young's StairwayVD 31
44MurE3 5c **5
45Leftover CrackHVS 5a *6
47The CatE1 5b 2
48Original RouteVD 20
49The Left CrackVD 25
50The EdgeVS 4c ***161
51Foxglove ChimneyS 4a 30
52The SplitsE1 5b **44
53Jackdaw ChimneyVD 30
54Jackdaw Chimney Direct FinishS 4a 8
55The VeinVS 4c 1
56MijS 4a 5
57LambchopsVS 4b 1
58The RampartsS *36
59Short Term EffectHVS 5a  
60Staircase CrackVD 4
62The Hand TraverseHVS 5a 4
63Nose RibS 4a 5
65SuicideHS 4b 5
66Dusk RouteVD **15
67SpitfireS 6
68Wall And GrooveS 5
69The BlitzVS 1
70SCC WallS 2
71Breakfast RouteVD 1
72Boulder SuicideE2 5b  
73Pulpit Crack Direct *E1 5b **1
74Automation Eliminate *E2 5c *1
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Someone has scratched "XS" and an arrow pointing up to the right of pulpit crack. A route not mentioned in the guide book? And also WTF!?
Stevie989 - 22/Jul/14
Unfortunately the Ravens nest has fallen from it's ledge, probably due to heavy rain. There seems no sign of them atempting to rebuild it. The climbing restrictions should probably be lifted? Any thoughts?
maxtwomey - 05/Jun/12
Twitchers told me that the Perigrines haven't nested here for a few years though there is a raven nest on the Belk at mo
Badam - 09/Apr/11
Follow the path to the big Wallace monument and cross the Irvine by the bridge. No more stepping stones.
halfaseesaw - 10/Dec/09
well was my first time at louden hill today and only had breif time to fit in the one climb as i had been skiing all day at newmilns ski slope(anyway) done the edge and amn what can you say its awsome even seconding on it got to get back there soon!
georgespeirs - 10/Apr/07
Pulpit Crack is a fine climb ***, but the Edge really is amazing, I haven't seen anything in the UK like it, so yes, I agreee with Kinley.
jonnie3430 - 22/Dec/06
Err, it's good but if you think they are two of the best VS's in the UK then you need to travel a bit more!
Dave Kerr - 13/Oct/06
Massively underrated crag. Two of the best VS in the UK (Pulpit crack and The Flake), great views, superb location and a good pub.
Kinley - 26/Jun/05
Some nice mid grade climbs, perfect for a lazy summer afternoon. Foxglove chimney and strife are both particular favourites.
john - 25/Oct/04
The bird loving cop from Strathaven is an ex-Royal Marine Commando, and Strathclyde Police MRT member, as well as a really nice guy,- so I'd do as he say's if I were you! :-)
Davy Virdee - 06/May/04
Beware of a bird loving cop from Strathaven, who will try and keep you off the hill, whether walking or climbing. According to the MCofS, only a few routes to the sides of the nest should not be climbed on, other than this there is nothing to stop you climbing there.
Iain - 07/Nov/02
At the moment [June 02] a pair of peregrine falcons are nesting on one of the faces of the crag with young chicks. There are also a large amount of \"twitchers\" in the car park with telescopes etc who will try their utmost to discourage you from climbing on that wall. There are plenty of routes still available
stuart - 14/Jun/02