Climbs 146
Rocktype Mica schist
Altitude 884m a.s.l
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Dalriada _ 08 © Fraser

Crag features

The dramatic triple peaks of The Cobbler offer some excellent climbing through most of the grade spectrum in both summer and winter.

The South Peak has two different facets. The open and sunny South Face offers bold climbing on good slabby rock. By comparison the North Face is gloomy and dark, providing some classic winter routes.

The Centre Peak, although rather sprawling, includes an impressive rocky pinnacle which forms the mountain's summit, and the lower buttress gives some good winter climbing, including The Cathedral (X 11).

The North Peak's upper tier presents two massive overhanging noses of compact rock which are the most impressive rock features in the Southern Highlands. Tracking through steep ground are a choice of classic routes of all grades from Severe to E7. At least 10 routes merit a 3-star rating, including Whither Whether, which is the best-positioned VS pitch in Scotland, and the sensational steep prow of Dalriada.

Approach notes

Two approach options. The fast but less scenic option follows a faint boggy path from Glen Croe up the back of the mountain. Alternatively, from the pay-and-display carpark at Succoth take the main Cobbler path as far as the dam. Either cross the river above this and follow the ridge above to the peak, or continue up the path until a left branch that leads into the corrie between the peaks.

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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
1 The Cobbler (Ben Arthur) summit summit *** 330
2 The North Peak (The Cobbler's Last) summit *** 26
3 The Cobbler Traverse
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III *** 83
  South Peak - South Face
5 Porcupine Wall S  
6 Dicers Groove E2 5b *  
7 Ethereal
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E6 6b **  
8 Sleeping Gas
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E6 6b *  
9 Glueless Groove E2 5b * 3
10 Ithuriel's Wall E2 5b ** 9
11 Gladiator's Groove Direct E1 5b ** 48
12 Geb E4 6a **  
13 Ra E4 6a ** 2
14 Osiris E4 6a *** 7
15 Horus E6 6b **  
16 Ardgartan Arête VS 4b ** 90
17 Ardgartan Wall VD 3c * 15
18 Pygmy Wall III 5 ** 2
19 Southeast Ridge (Summer) M 87
20 Southeast Ridge (Winter) II/III * 84
  South Peak - North Face
22 Jughandle
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IV 5 ** 9
23 Lovehandle
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IV 5 1
24 Bow Crack
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HS 4b ** 5
25 S Crack (Summer) VS 4c ** 14
26 S Crack (Winter) VI 7 *** 3
27 Aeon
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S  
28 Aeonoclast
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VI 6 **  
29 Sesame Groove Direct
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IV 6 3
30 Grassy Traverse
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III *  
31 Southern Freeze (Summer)
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E2 5b  
32 Southern Freeze (Winter)
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IX 9  
33 Ruskoline E5 6a *  
34 Davie Taenails E1 5b 3
35 Punters Crack VIII 9 *** 3
36 Deadman's Groove (Summer)
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VS 4c * 1
37 Deadman's Groove (Winter)
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VI 7 *** 10
38 Grossen Zinnen
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S  
39 McLean's Folly
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E1 5b *  
40 North Wall Groove (Summer) S  
41 North Wall Groove (Winter)
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V 6 *** 38
42 North Wall Traverse
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IV 5 ** 16
43 Viva Glasvegas
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VIII 7 *  
44 Gibber Crack (Summer)
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VS 5a  
45 Gibber Crack (Winter) V 7 * 3
46 Slack's Route
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HS 4b *  
47 Nimlin's Direct Route (Summer)
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VD ** 20
48 Nimlin's Direct Route (Winter) IV 5 * 1
49 Bell's Route
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D  
50 Bell's Route (Sloping Ledge Variation)
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VD  
51 Bell's Route (Rutherford's Variation)
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VD  
52 Naismith's Route
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D 1
53 Original Route
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M 20
Climb name Grade
54 Northwest Crack
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VS 4c  
55 Cupid's Groove
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VS 4c  
  Centre Peak - Summit
57 The Arête (Summer) D * 83
58 The Arête (Winter) III * 13
59 MacGregor's Ledge
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VD 2
60 Doorway Route (Summer) M 101
61 Doorway Route (Winter)
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II 27
62 Summit Gully I/II * 2
  Centre Peak Buttress
64 Chimney Route
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V 7 ** 8
65 Lobby Dosser
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HVS  
66 Cave Route
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III 4 * 24
67 Drugs are for Mugs
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V 6  
68 The Cathedral X 11 ** 2
69 Centre Gully II 29
  North Peak - Upper Tier
71 Overhanging Recess S 1
72 Spainkiller E1 5b 4
73 Chimney Arête
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VS 4b * 29
74 Right-Angled Chimney (Summer)
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D * 48
75 Right-Angled Chimney (Winter)
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IV 5 * 12
76 Cat Crawl
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VS 4c ** 21
77 Direct Direct (Summer)
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HVS 5b ** 49
78 Direct Direct (Winter)
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VII 8 * 6
79 Wild at Heart E7 6b *** 1
80 Wild Country E6 6b *** 1
81 Wide Country E5 6b ***  
82 Punster's Crack (Summer)
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S *** 510
83 Punster's Crack (Winter)
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VII 8  
84 Trans am Wheel Arch Nostrils
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E4 6a *  
85 Evening Stroll
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E2 5c * 1
86 Right-Angled Gully (Summer)
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VD * 32
87 Right-Angled Gully (Winter)
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IV 5 * 11
88 Right-Angled Gully Direct (Summer)
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S 24
89 Right-Angled Gully Direct (Winter)
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V 6 ** 10
90 Rise to the Occasion
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E5 6a * 1
91 Rest and be Thankful
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E5 6a *** 5
92 Club Crack
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E2 5c ** 59
93 Right-Angled Groove (Summer)
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VS 4c * 21
94 Right-Angled Groove (Winter)
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V 7 * 5
95 Dalriada E7 6b *** 22
96 Whither Whether
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VS 4b *** 223
97 Grey Wall
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HS 4a ** 7
  North Peak - Lower Tier
99 Ramshead Wall (Summer)
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D 3
100 Ramshead Wall (Winter)
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III  
101 Ramshead Ridge (Summer)
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D 15
102 Ramshead Ridge
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IV 5 ** 10
103 Moonlight Arête
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E2 5c 1
104 Whether Wall
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VS 4c ** 161
105 Ramshead Gully (Summer)
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VD ** 6
106 Ramshead Gully (Winter)
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IV 5 ** 2
Climb name Grade
107 Echo Crack (Summer)
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HS 4b 3
108 Echo Crack (Winter)
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VI 7 2
109 Incubator
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HS 4b * 40
110 Incubator
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VI 7 * 2
111 Recess Route (Summer)
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S *** 357
112 Recess Route (Winter) V 6 *** 41
113 Northern Heatwave
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HVS 4c *  
114 Fold Direct (Summer)
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VS 4c * 10
115 Fold Direct (Winter)
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V 7 * 4
116 Piper's Lament
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E3 5b 1
117 N'Gombi (Summer) VS 4c 3
118 N'Gombi (Winter)
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VI 8 *  
119 Gangway
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VS 1
120 McSod's Way
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IV 5 * 4
121 Maclay's Crack
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III 4 ** 73
122 Megabyte
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VI 6 **  
123 Great Gully Wall
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S  
124 Moss Crack
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VD  
125 Great Gully
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II ** 154
  Great Gully Buttress
127 Gimcrack
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VS 4c 1
128 The Mog
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VS 4c 1
129 Spinal Rib
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VS 4b ** 9
130 Gimcanna
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V 7 * 2
131 North Rib Route (Summer) HVD * 35
132 North Rib Route (Winter)
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V 7 ** 13
133 Great Gully Groove
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IV 6 * 7
134 Lulu
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IV 6 * 4
135 Heart Buttress
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III * 10
136 Soul Groove
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III 3
  Chockstone Buttress
138 Chockstone Groove II 3
139 Chockstone Gully
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II 119
140 A Crack in the Clouds E4 6a *** 5
  North Buttress
142 North Winds
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E3 6a *  
143 North Gully
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I 9
144 Colander-head Corner V 6 * 2
  The Sugar Walls
146 Gearless
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S * 2
147 Straight Flush E2 5b ** 2
148 100 Foot Wall
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D 1
149 Lumpy Custard
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E1 5b ** 2
150 Comical Corner (Summer)
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S * 5
151 Comical Corner (Winter) IV 5 2
152 No Pro Wall S 1
153 Some Pro Edge VD 1
  Esoterica
155 The Lost Pinnacle
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VS 4b * 1
  Climbs to be sorted
157 Telapathy Crack
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S 2
158 Cobbler Cave VD * 3

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