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Climbs 36
Rocktype Mica schist
Altitude 279m a.s.l
Faces S

Trossachs bouldering - Stronachlachlar © John S. Watson

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.

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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
  The Ark
2 The Flood f6A+ * 1
3 The Ark f6A * 2
4 Noah Good Plumber f6B * 3
  Mushroom Boulder
6 Mushroom ArĂȘte f6C * 3
7 Mushroom Roof f6B * 5
8 The Dean Martin Memorial Traverse f6C * 2
9 Pullover f6A+ 5
10 Mushroom Wall f6A+ * 2
  Fence Boulders
12 Sulk Lip f6B+ * 3
13 Periscope Arete f6A ** 6
14 Boomer f5 *** 8
  Nose Boulder
16 Copernicus f5 * 3
Climb name Grade
  Low Boulder
18 Palaver f6B 1
  Long Boulder
20 Mike's Problem f7A+  
21 Nameless f6B 3
22 Pimp With a Limp f6B+ ** 6
23 Toy Soldiers f6A+ *** 10
24 Nameless Pimp Toy f7A+ ** 1
25 Anemone Sit Start f6B ** 2
26 Anenome f5 * 4
  Back Bloc
28 Celandine Prophecy f6C 1
  Small Bloc
30 Flake 'n' Bake f6A+ ** 2
  Virgin Boulder
32 Virgin Suicides f7A+ ***  
Climb name Grade
  Caliban Boulder
34 Ariels Release
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f6B ** 1
  High Crag Sports Wall
36 Raksasha 7a 2
37 High and Mighty 7b+  
38 Lady of the Loch 6b * 3
39 My Own Private Scotland 6c+ 3
40 Highland Cling 6b * 4
  Chasm Sport Crag
42 Unnamed 7b+  
  G-Spot Sport Crag
44 Rhumba al sol 6a 7
45 Hideous Kinky 7a ** 3
46 Venga Boys 6c+ ** 1
47 El Mundo Fanatico 7a+  
48 Live-in Skin 7c **  

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