Climbs 69
Rocktype Dolerite

Faces S

Pain Pillar © Lawrie Brand

Crag features

This sea-cliff is easily accessed from Aberdour and offers a good number of middle-grade climbs. It faces south, dries quickly and is very popular on summer evenings.

Best Route : Pain Pillar VS 4c

Approach notes


Beware of nesting seas birds during the summer months.

Only the west end of the crag is accessible during high-tide.

Hi Mike. Look carefully further back towards the fence. You might find something useful.
Hay - 14/Jun/14
Be careful with the belay at the top of Pain Pillar. One of the fins of rock has been removed and there doesn't seem to be much holding in another one!
Mike-W-99 - 17/Apr/14
Noticed yesterday that the two bolts at the top have been removed which makes setting up belays more tricky. Any ideas why?
CyberTaff - 15/Sep/13
Please careful when belaying off the tree at the top of Asinine/The Lily/Gunga Din etc as one of the branches has been sawn through and is no longer attached. Make sure you attached yourself to the solid branch!!!
Fiona Reid - 25/Apr/13
the bottom of the crag is dry from ~3 hours either side of low tide. If the tide is higher the choice is between an exciting traverse in, or the shorter routes at either end.
ligaya - 09/Jul/07
Asinine is every bit as good as Pain Pillar, but not 5a.
Jamie B. - 11/Sep/05
yip this crag is first class. you can even try deep water soloing in the summer months if your mad enough
maximus altitudus - 27/Dec/04
...I forgot to mention the bakery in Aberdour - simply a special place...
Reuben - 17/Mar/03
The best crag in Eastern Scotland for access by public transport, and very amenable for the biginner. The whole place feels very friendly, with good holds, protection and surprisingly rough rock. The place also has a great outlook, and routes are very enjoyable - not just Pain Pillar. The VS and HVS lines are very good, Guano would be a good first HVS lead, and the climbs out of the alcove on the west of the crag are lovely, Cranium Crack. The crag can catch the wind, but can also be sunny when Edinburgh isn't.
Reuben - 17/Mar/03
Excellent climbing in the middle grades but can be loose in places so caution required.
Rooster - 25/Jan/03
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
1 Cutglass Corner
S 1
2 Doo'cot Wall
VD 1
3Fish Head AreteVD *614
4Fish Head WallVD 174
5Fish Head Wall (Direct Finish)S 79
6Ugh!HS *492
7SacrilegeHVS 5a 22
VS 4b *185
9Squirrel SlabVS 5a *247
10Weasel WallE2 5c 18
11Garlic BreadE2 6a 4
12PizzaE2 5c 4
13Cranium CrackVS 4c, 4c *255
14Conquistador CrackVS 5a *153
15The GroperHVS 5a 40
16Stomach AcheVS 4b *158
17The BeastHS 4c 141
18Gismo DirectHVS 5a *75
19GismoVS 4c *161
20Pain PillarVS 4c ***1243
21Gaucho DirectHVS 5a **56
22GauchoHVS 5a **495
E2 5a 1
24Rebel's GrooveVS 5a *148
25SakiVS 4c *274
26Short CircuitVS 5a *34
27Slack Alice
HS 130
HS 87
E1 5a 1
HS 37
31The DwarfE1 5b *34
32Guano Variation
E2 5b 9
33GuanoVS 5a **459
VD 236
35The Chimney
VD 144
36The Chimney Direct FinishS 46
37Chimney Arete
VD 110
38AsinineVS 5a **576
39The AreteHVS 5a 74
40The LillyS **732
41Gunga DinS **549
HS 105
43SaracenVS 4c *313
44Toerag's Wall (Direct Start)HVS 5a *103
45Toerag's WallS 273
46Hip ReplacementE1 5b 4
47DipteraVS 4c 93
VD *344
S 97
50Aaron's Way
S 20
51Hallelujah Wall
HS *584
52Rib and Groove
HS 29
53The Whang
D *154
54Flake and Wall
S *331
55Flake and Wall (Direct Finish)
S *58
56Five o'clock Shadow Arete
HVS 5a 3
57Guillemot Head Mush
VS 5a 9
58Shadow Corner
S 111
59Destiny Groove
S *262
60The Dreeping Beak
E1 5c 31
61UrmiVS 4c *164
62MaureenS 183
63Welly Wall
VD 259
64SerendipityHVS 5a 37
65EurekaVS 5a *246
66Where Were You?
E2 5b 16
VS 4c 56
68The Low GirdleVS 4c *71
69The High Girdle
HVS 5b *29

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