Climbs 38
Rocktype Dolerite
Altitude 50m a.s.l
Faces W

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Neilston Quarry © Gibson

Crag features

An OK wee crag on summer's evening for bouldering, top roping or leading. Willie's Route (S) is good but a tad bold at the top for those new to leading. Punk Rock (HVS 5a) is a good technical route taking a steep pillar past an in- situ engineering nut. Fornication (VS) has a fair bit of loose rock so beware. Strawberry Crack is good but short. ['God of Stretheyre' 3/05]

A topo for the crag is available at

Approach notes

Take the M8 heading to Kilmarnock, come off at J22 and follow the road to Barrhead and then into Neilston. Follow the back road out of Neilston heading away from Glasgow; you will see the pad on your left hand side.


Topo here
stug808 - 13/Aug/19
We went here just last week,, forgot to pick up our shoes so not too much climbing was done but we did some scrambling and set up some anchors. Pretty solid and fun abseiling, looking forward to going with shoes next time. 50m rope is needed though. Good placed for protection placements, one full set of nuts would probably do to be honest but I always like to have spares.
Alexgj - 25/Apr/14
photo of rockfall now uploaded to gallery for this crag
Brownie - 02/Apr/13
Large block fallen off line of Grassy Crack on quarry floor
Brownie - 01/Apr/13
Neilston Quarry is excellent for beginners, i take my 10 and 7 year old boys here who dont face much difficulty, there is harder climbs, usually top or bottom roped, leading can be difficult due to limited protection
kevinmuirhead - 14/Feb/12
Nice topo @
mountainmachine - 06/Jun/10
I learned to lead here, and moved to Sheffield because of it! Remains a great spot for beginners, and those with a good eye will find climbing up to 6c.
Kinley - 26/Jun/05
You can get a train direct to Neilston from Glasgow Central (twice an hour). Ask for directions to "the pad" but walk 100m beyond the sign and entrance for the pad's country walk to reach the crag. Leading is tricky due to little protection lower down and bouldering requires a creative approach. Some small boulder problems to the high right and low left of the crag. Local shop about 10 mins walk (on the road to the quarry). Sunny from about 2 onwards (if it's not raining that is)
Weebl - 25/May/05
quite a broken quarry with a lot of grassy areas. if it was about 6 times the size the gullys would make great winter routes - there is a lot of grass! the lower grade climbing is easy but i didnt think the protection was that great. a lot of the cracks were full of turf. good for beginners - i did my first leads here. a couple of stakes at the top provide quick belays. the ground below the crag gets waterlogged.
alrobertson - 26/Apr/04
nice photos get leading
hty - 15/Aug/03
I've been to Neilston Quarry once before, it is ideal for beginers as there are some easy routes which are not high and can be top roped. However, experienced climbers should not expect a big day out climbing here as there is not much of a challenge here & the routes are limited, although it is good for training & it is in a nice enclosed space!
Jay Jay - 23/Jan/03
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
  Left Buttress
2 Left and Left S 13
3 Right-Angled Corner
D 93
4 Corner and Groove
D 115
5 Flake Route
VD * 190
6 Pinkerton's Corner
S 431
7 Corner Arete
S 235
8 Kristeen's Crack
VD * 358
9 Ally's Gash HS 4b * 32
10 Polish Direct
HS 149
  Right Buttress
12 Girdle Traverse f5+ 10
13 Juggy Crack
VD 105
14 Strawberry Direct E2 6a * 58
Climb name Grade
15 Strawberry Crack
S ** 565
16 Spiney Boulder
VD 88
17 Easy Gully
D 115
18 B.N.I
S 121
19 Broken Arete
VD 181
20 Y-Crack
VD 155
21 Stephen Slab
HS * 123
22 Crack Corner
VD * 259
23 Polish Hangover
VS 4c * 176
24 Polish Punk Rock HVS 4c * 34
25 Intrusion Line
VD 235
26 Punk Rock HVS 5a ** 260
27 Addendum E1 5b 14
28 Curving Crack
HVS 5a * 243
Climb name Grade
29 Twisted E3 5c ** 33
30 Daves mildly moist crack S 4a * 15
31 Willie's Route
S ** 412
32 Willie's Route Variation
E2 6a 66
33 Fornication
VS 4c 203
34 hyper reality VS 4b 142
35 Grassy Crack
S 110
36 Jigsaw Jive
VD 72
37 Whitehorse Rib S 4b 41
38 Grot Gully
M 15
39 Peg Leg HVS 5b 62
40 The Fin f4 5

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