/ Low grade climbs +15m within 30 miles Kilmarnock
Wondering if anyone has any suggestions for crags / cliffs that fall into (or close to) the following criteria;
Averaging over 15m high.
Within an hours drive (or around 30 miles) of Kilmarnock.
Enough trad routes under VS / sport routes under 5b to spend a full day there (so a minimum of around 10).
Quite specific I know but as I am new to the area I'm trying to scope out the possibilities.
Loudon Hill is your best bet. A great wee crag.
Have you come across the Lowland Outcrops guidebook? Plenty of inspiration in there for Southern Scotland, not sure about what would be easily accessible from Kilmarnock other than Dumbarton Rock.
Dumby isn't particularly easy to get to from Kilmarnock although it's probably less than an hour if the roads are quiet.
And it definitely doesn't fit the OP's grade criteria!
Thanks for your comments - I have heard of Loudoun Hill so may have to check it out.
Dumbarton would be great if I weren't taking beginner climbers with me but as Dave says it's a bit too strenuous for those starting out!
Sorry, I missed the bit about number of routes! Only a couple of easy lines there. There is fab climbing in Galloway on the Meikle Ross and Clifton Crags areas but a bit far a day trip possibly.
I was born and brought up in Kilmarnock! Loudon Hill is the closest with some cracking routes, there used to be hard sandstone pillars from a viaduct in Hurlford which gave excellent problems and training. Apart from that we used to drive to the Lake District more often than go North, plus in these days scottish pubs shut at 10 and english ones shut at 11 ;-)
Meikle ross is good only about 1hour from Kilmarnock once you know road , plenty other sea cliffs just over an hour away , Mull of Galloway , Why an hour lots of daylight now , forecast warmer next week .
Someone mentioned Lowkand Outcrops guide, so I will mention 7a Max guide to Scottish Sport - an inspiration for me, found lots of new places.
A slightly longer drive, but for lits of easy dport, S facing, toilets and cafe nearby, 1minute walk-in, might be worth thinking Benny Beg (damn, it's shorter than 15m).
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