Climbs 36
Rocktype Mica schist

Faces S

The Boomer! © Fiend

Crag features

A collection of small crags and boulders on a steep wooded slopes of Garradh, above Stronachlachar near Loch Arklet. The area offers short sport routes on good rock and worthwhile bouldering in a spectacular setting with views along Loch Katrine and Loch Arklet. The crag is a real suntrap and can be climbed on all year round. There is alot of potential bouldering development.

Approach notes

Access is now easier due to a new path linking Stronachlachlar and Inversnaid, but parking is not allowed at the cottage - please respect owners.

Drive north from Aberfoyle toward Inversnaid (Loch Lomond) along a single-track road (take care at blind summits and corners). After 12 miles Loch Arklet appears on the left (the craggy hillside is visible ahead). Park in a layby on the right opposite the stand of trees by the loch's water intake, 300m before a T-junction. Cross the road to a path leading to the craggy hillside to the north, crossing the road again left of the cottage. Head uphill to a signposted T-juntion on the path. For the Long Boulder (just below the forest), and for the higher crags, head directly up a blunt ridge from the path junction, over a fence. For the lower boulders head right on the path to the Mushroom Bloc by the path.

Parking is also possible at the Stronachlachlar pier cafe, walking back up the road to the Inversnaid path. Don't park in passing places.

'High Crag' - Walk directly up the steep bracken slope on the left hand border of the woods. The crag lies above and left of the top of the woods.
'The Chasm' - As for high crag until level with the buttress, then contour across it.
'The G-Spot' - Up the left side of the woods, as for High Crag. When approx. 30m below Chasm Buttress (which can be seen poking out of the trees) traverse into the woods until the huge boulder is found.

It is now easier (and less boggy!) to walk back from the cottage towards Inversnaid and take a well-made track up the hill. Where this forks after 200m, take the left fork then soon bear right onto fair bulldozer tracks. Aim for the knoll directly beneath the Long Boulder, the fence has fallen over on the crest of that knoll.
Fiend - 28/Nov/12
No, I recon it does me go right and park immediately where there is space on the verge, not far for the cottage.
JLS - 16/Mar/09
When Lowland Outcrops says "go right at the t-junction and park immediately next to a small cottage," go left, the cottage is the one left of the junction. There is a photo below with the crags on it.
jonnie3430 - 19/May/08
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
1 Flake 'n' Bake f6A+ ** 1
  Mushroom Boulder
3 Mushroom ArĂȘte f6C * 2
4 Mushroom Roof
f6B * 3
5 The Dean Martin Memorial Traverse f6C * 1
6 Pullover f6A+ 3
7 Mushroom Wall
f6A+ * 1
  Fence Boulders
9 Sulk Lip
f6B+ ** 2
10 Periscope Arete f6B * 4
11 The Boomer f5 *** 7
  Low Boulder
13 Palaver
f6B+ *  
  Long Boulder
15 Mike's Problem f7A+  
16 Nameless Pimp Toy
f7A+ ***  
17 Nameless f6B 2
18 Pimp With a Limp f6B+ ** 5
19 Toy Soldiers f6A+ *** 9
20 Anemone Sit Start f6B ** 1
21 Anenome f5 * 3
22 Celadine Prophecy f6C **  
  Virgin Boulder
24 Virgin Suicides f7A+ ***  
  Caliban Boulder
26 Prospero
f7A+ **  
27 Ariels Release
f6B **  
  Featured Boulder
29 Copernicus f5 ** 2
  High Crag
31 Raksasha 7a 2
32 High and Mighty 7b+  
33 Lady of the Loch 6b * 3
34 My Own Private Scotland 6c+ 3
35 Highland Cling 6b * 4
37 Unnamed 7b+  
39 Rhumba al sol 6a 7
40 Hideous Kinky 7a ** 3
41 Venga Boys 6c+ ** 1
42 El Mundo Fanatico 7a+  
43 Live-in Skin 7c **  
  The Ark
45 The Ark f6A * 1
46 The Flood f6A+ *  
47 Noah Good Plumber f6B * 2

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