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.
Online Wiki guide at http://www.scottishclimbs.com/wiki/The_Anvil#South_Face
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.
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|3||Blood Fire||8a+ **||1|
|4||Blood Diamond||8c+ ***|
|6||Body Blow||8b+ *||1|
|8||Body Swerve||8c **|
|10||Friendly Fire||7a ***||10|
|11||The Atlantic Strikes Back||7c+ *|
|13||The Smiddy||8b+ **|
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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