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Climbs 78
Rocktype Sandstone (soft)
Altitude 183m a.s.l
Faces S

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Crag features

An extensive sandstone outcrop on the Hill of Kirriemuir. It is very sheltered and enjoys easy access, sun all day, with impressive views across the Vale of Strathmore.

In conjunction with the Kirriemuir Hill park and the new Neverland Captain Hook's pirateship play area this makes it a friendly family venue. The Camera Obscura in JM Barrie's cricket pavilion is now open 7 days a week from 10am to 5pm and is manned by volunteers. They are also operating a small shop/cafe which will be improved by the addition of a kitchen soon.

The toilets in the pavilion are also open again with the same opening times as the Camera Obscura


NOTE: COVID 19 restrictions might apply to the above amenities.


Due to the sunny aspect and the very limited seepage the crags receives, climbing is certainly possible throughout the year and in fact the crag was initially developed in the winter with most routes being done between November 2006 and April 2007.

Approach notes

From the A90, follow the A926 towards Kirriemuir for two and a half miles to turn off right at Checkiefield onto an unclassified road. Continue for one mile until reaching a T-junction. Turn right then almost immediately left (signed "Northmuir") and continue for just over half a mile until reaching a sharp right bend on entering the town. At this bend, keep left onto West Hill Road and after 200m turn left to follow the Camera Obscura track. Walk east along the track from the car park for 50m,turn right and follow the steep well made path following the East wall of the cemetery, turn left along the path and arrive at "The Bay".

Alternative on street parking is available to the south of the quarry on Brechin Road. Follow the driving instructions above until you reach the T-junction and instead turn left. The access path to the quarry is on the right immediately as you enter the town. Park on the street here. Follow the path up the hill and take the right fork to arrive in the quarry at the Right Wall.

Hello! ***Kirrihill crag*** I left a Scottish sport climbing book in a grey DMM book case on Saturday 22nd June at Kirriemuir. If anyone picked it up, could you please let me know? It was a birthday present. 🤞🏽thank you.
Fermina - 27/Jun/19
Left my sport climb guide book last night. Hopefully still there! Will be hoping to collect tonight
Fermina - 23/Jun/19
Just wondered if anyone knew anything about the missing bolts on a couple of routes? I've noticed 1st one on Wrong Turn and 2nd one on Awe! Were they taken for a reason? Wouldn't mind the one on Wrong Turn being replaced and happy to help with the cost.
DundeeDave - 06/Oct/15
Sorted 😃
sheppy - 18/May/15
Because some helpful person added the second one without checking first. Now if I delete it some peoples ascents will be lost.
sheppy - 18/May/15
Mod why have we got two routes called Markerhorn ????
pebblespanker - 18/May/15
Agreed with sheppys comments - come on mod get it sorted out or hand it over to someone else. Lots of routes with duplicate names etc. Put them in as per the SMC guide and stick AKA in for the other names routes were know as in the older guides.
Burnsie - 17/May/14
Come on moderator, get this crag sorted out. If you can't be bothered then let someone else get on with it!
sheppy - 16/Mar/14
If anyone found a pair of sunglasses that are oakleys with pinkish lenses on a tree beside lines 33 and 34 could they please get in touch. I promise beer and a pub lunch for there safe return.
Quallim - 09/Sep/12
A great setting, good views and a bit of a sun trap, be wary of the grades however with some F4s feeling more like 5+ and some 6a's having particularly exposed crux moves. Still something for everyone!
Azwhite - 29/Mar/12
Please ignore the last two comments. Kirrie hill is an excellent venue. It is a former sandstone quarry, which is south facing so acts as a sun strap all year round. It has over 60+ routes, varying in height from 8m to 15m, and grades from F3 to F7b. Therefore, there is something to go at for almost every level of climber. As with all sandstone crags, some ledges/hold can be dusty, or occasionally loose, so take care, clip all the bolts and please wear a helmet.
rusty_nails - 16/Nov/09
A great crag, very well bolted, often cliping the next before moving up above the previous bolt. Enough routes to keep you busy for a day or two. Family friendly venue, nice outlook. The grades are a little on the ego massaging side, well to be honest very soft. Still should mean its a crag where you can push yourself. A credit to the team that bolted it, if you climb there send them a cheque.
Will W - 28/Jun/08
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