The Anvil

Climbs 24 – Rocktype Schist – Altitude 120m a.s.l – Faces SW

Crag features
The Anvil is a massive free-standing boulder on the east side of Loch Goil. It is marked on 1:25000 maps as Uamh Innien, 6km south of Lochgoilhead. It is steep on three of its aspects, giving very intense climbing on good schist. A few of the routes suffer from seepage after heavy rain and require a few days of dry weather to dry out fully. In summer it seems to stay dry most of the time.

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Approach notes
There is a good forestry track leading to the crag from Lochgoilhead. Bikes make the approach a pleasant 25 min ride, otherwise an hour's walk. Park at the shops in Lochgoilhead. Follow the road continuation past the bike hire garage. After about a mile (you can drive down this private road but parking is prohibited) there is a path leaving the road on the left. Follow this to meet the forestry track and continue down the loch. The Anvil is very slightly north of Carrick Castle on the other side, so when you almost draw level with this you should start looking for the crag through the trees on your left. It lies just after a long downhill section, 20m uphill from the track.

Scottish Sport Climbs (2013), Scottish Rock - South (2008)

Climbs at this crag

Sort climbs
 Climb nameGrade
1Fire Power8b **1
2Hunger9a *** 
3Blood Fire8a+ **1
4Blood Diamond8c+ *** 
5Heavy Metal7b 7
6Body Blow8b+ *1
7Metalcore8c+ ***1
8Body Swerve8c ** 
9Amateur Hacker6c 2
10Friendly Fire7a ***10
11The Atlantic Strikes Back7c+ * 
12Cowal Crusaders6c 5
13The Smiddy8b+ ** 
14Shadowlands7c ***4
15Way Out West6b *5
16Nu Mettle7b 1
17Hammertime7b+ **2
18Black Out8b ** 
19Crossfire7c+ **1
20Spitfire8a ***1
21Anvilfire7c+ * 
23Raindrops on Rosesf7A+  
24Whiskers on Kittensf7A  
25Easy Aretef6A  
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There's a small neon painted post by the ditch on the left that marks the ascent. The easier routes do appear to be under-graded.
Craig Geddes - 14/Jun/10
I recon add a grade to most of the easier routes. Tough Grading.
Burnsie - 12/Apr/10