Lowland Outcrops (2023)

Author Topher Dagg
Published Scottish Mountaineering Club (2023)
ISBN 978-1-907233-47-0



From Ayrshire, into the Central Belt and up to the Stirlingshire hills, the Lowland regions of Scotland are within easy travel distance of its two main cities and the majority of its climbing population. Though perhaps lacking the grandeur of the Highlands, the Lowlands make up for this in variety and accessibility with dolerite quarries, adventurous greywacke sea-cliffs and basalt test-pieces. With over 1,900 trad, sport and bouldering routes, from esoteric gems to world-classics, the area holds something for everyone.

Compiled and updated by local activists, this new guide presents the best that the Lowlands have to offer. With colour photographic topos throughout, inspiring action shots, detailed maps, public transport and accessibility details, it’s designed for both seasoned climbers and those taking their first steps onto outdoor crags.

Coverage of the book includes Stirlingshire, Glasgow, Ayrshire, the Forth Valley, Berwickshire Coast and the Borders Hills.

'A fantastic compendium of Trad, Sport and Bouldering in the Central Lowlands of Scotland. It replaces the older Lowland Outcrops book but is MUCH wider in scope including many new crags and full topos and descriptions for many smaller crags that are missed in other 'all Scotland' guidebooks.

Highly recommended!'

Crags covered by this Guide
Berwickshire crags # climbs Rocktype Faces
Craighouse 10 - SE
Fastcastle Head 9 Greywacke E
Ladywell Craig 4 Greywacke E
Midden Crag (Fastcastle) 17 Greywacke E
The Brander (Fastcastle) 50 Greywacke N
Borders crags # climbs Rocktype Faces
Carlin Tooth 15 Sandstone (soft) NW
Catcairn Bushes Stacks 8 - ?
Cloon craig 12 Dolerite SE
Fatlips Crag 9 Dolerite SE
Rough Heugh (St Helen's) 50 Greywacke N
Smailholm crags 7 Dolerite SE
Dumfries and Galloway crags # climbs Rocktype Faces
Bitch Craig 5 Dolerite SW
East Dunbartonshire crags # climbs Rocktype Faces
Craigmaddie 134 Sandstone (hard) S
Craigton 142 Basalt NE
Dunglas 44 Basalt W
Pillar Crag 40 Basalt N
Slackdhu 20 Dolerite SW
The Whangie 84 Basalt W
East Lothian crags # climbs Rocktype Faces
Balgone Heughs 48 Basalt NW
Dunbar Crag 8 Sandstone (soft) N
North Berwick Law 108 Trachyte S
Traprain Law 90 Trachyte S
East Renfrewshire crags # climbs Rocktype Faces
Court Knowe Quarry 27 Dolerite SW
Neilston Quarry 43 Dolerite W
Fife crags # climbs Rocktype Faces
Bishop Hill 65 Dolerite SW
Hawkcraig 74 Dolerite S
Limekilns 63 Limestone all
North Queensferry Quarry 15 Dolerite S
Rosyth Quarry 68 Dolerite S
Midlothian crags # climbs Rocktype Faces
Arthur's Seat 46 Basalt all
Blackford Quarry 23 Dolerite SW
Ratho Quarry 90 Dolerite all
Roslin Glen 85 Sandstone (soft) NE
Salisbury Crags 135 Dolerite SW
The Crack Den - Murrayfield Bridge 39 Artificial ?
North Ayrshire crags # climbs Rocktype Faces
The Quadrocks 36 Basalt W
Perthshire crags # climbs Rocktype Faces
Ben A'an 28 Schist all
South Lanarkshire crags # climbs Rocktype Faces
Loudoun Hill 71 Trachyte S
Stirlingshire crags # climbs Rocktype Faces
Auchinstarry Quarry 143 Dolerite S
Ben Ledi Boulders 77 Schist all
Cambusbarron Quarry (aka Thorntons Quarry) 75 Dolerite S
Cambusbarron West Quarry (aka Fourth Quarry) 58 Dolerite W
Crystal Crag 8 Mica schist W
Dollar Quarry 39 Dolerite S
Kips Crag 16 Andesite S
North Third 20 Dolerite SE
Stronachlachlar 36 Mica schist S
Trossachs Boulders 58 Mica schist all
Wild Swans Buttress 6 - W
Wolfcrag Quarry 109 Sandstone (hard) S
West Dumbarton crags # climbs Rocktype Faces
Dumbuck 24 Basalt W
West Dunbartonshire crags # climbs Rocktype Faces
Dumbarton Rock 439 Basalt NW

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