Crystal Crag Stirlingshire, SCOTLAND
Climbs 8 – Rocktype Mica schist – Altitude 250m a.s.l – Faces W
The crag is white in appearance due to the crystalline patina covering covering the mica-schist. The rock was a little flakey to begin with, but now after more traffic, it is cleaner and great to climb on. The routes are well bolted and fairly graded - if you drive and walk all that way you deserve to have an enjoyable day out! The two long left hand routes up through the bulges are superb and equal in quality to a lot of foreign limestone routes. The crag is south facing, sheltered and doesn't seem to suffer from midges. It's a real suntrap, and we've had many a scorching day up there, with magnificent views up and down Loch Lomond. Best times of year to visit are spring and late autumn when the ferns are down.
Approach via Aberfoyle/Stronachlachar to Inversnaid on east side of Loch Lomond, park in large carpark by hotel. It's about a 45 minute walk-in, 30 minutes along the West Highland Way then 15 minutes uphill, depending on the time of year (ferns, ect.).
7aMax Scottish Sport - A Selected Guide (2012), Scottish Rock - South (2008),
Out of print: Lowland Outcrops (1994)
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Been Caught Stealin 7c This route has now been reclaimed by the ivy on the crag.|
sheppy - 09/May/10