10 Climbing Spots in Loch Lomond & Trossachs

Climbing routes for all abilities in Loch Lomond

With a mixture of bouldering, classic climbs and strenuous routes, there are plenty of climbing opportunities in Loch Lomond. This guide has been produced in partnership with the Mountaineering Council of Scotland who provided their valuable advice on the best climbs within Loch Lomond.


1. Ardvorlich – (Sport)

With a total of nine climbs on offer at Ardvorlich crag, you’ll find a good mix of balance and technical climbing. With names like Magic Carpet Ride and That Sinking Feeling, it’s not one for beginners.

The routes can be downloaded from: http://www.ukclimbing.com/logbook/crag.php?id=2914


2. The Narnain Boulder – (Bouldering)

Choose from 10 climbs at Narnain Boulders. For high boulders, try out The Crucifix and Two Hot Honies, while slightly easier bouldering can be found in The Quartz Wall and Left Wall routes.

The routes can be downloaded from: http://www.ukclimbing.com/logbook/crag.php?id=10415


3. The Cobbler (North Peak) – (Trad)

Offering a great mix of classic routes and more severe climbs, the north peak of The Cobbler boasts some of the Southern Highlands’ most impressive rock features. If you’re a more advanced climber why not try Club Crack.

The routes can be downloaded from: http://www.ukclimbing.com/logbook/crag.php?id=594


4. The Cobbler (South Peak) – (Trad)

Whether you’re a climbing novice or you’re used to difficult routes, there’s something for everyone on the south peak of The Cobbler. Head to the south face for bold climbing, while the north face provides classic winter routes.

The routes can be downloaded from: http://www.ukclimbing.com/logbook/crag.php?id=594


5. St Bride’s Wall – (Bouldering)

There are a number of good, clean bouldering problems on this wall, along with a couple of trad routes, Diagonal Crack and Shelf Route. Parking is available in the layby next to St. Bride’s Chaple, and from there, simply walk across the field to access the wall.

The routes can be downloaded from: http://www.ukclimbing.com/logbook/crag.php?id=9053


6. Stank Glen Boulders – (Bouldering)

Bouldering opportunities are vast on the north side of Ben Ledi. Access to the boulders can be found by taking the single track road near the holiday chalets and following the forest track up the glen and turning left. Form

The routes can be downloaded from: http://www.ukclimbing.com/logbook/crag.php?id=3935


7. Glen Ogle – (Sport)

Formerly considered Scotland’s best area for sport climbing. Glen Ogle boasts a good selection of shorter, powerful climbs. Although fairly steep in nature, many of the routes seep after heavy rain. There are also excellent bouldering opportunities across the area.

The routes can be downloaded from: http://www.ukclimbing.com/logbook/crag.php?id=395


8. Stronachlachar – (Sport)

You’ll find both climbing and bouldering opportunities at Stronachlachar. Climbing routes tend to be shorter and sportier on good rock. Choose from 34 climbs in total, all offering spectacular scenic views over Loch Arklet and Loch Katrine.

The routes can be downloaded from: http://www.ukclimbing.com/logbook/crag.php?id=8548


9. Creag Tharsuinn – (Trad)

High grade climbing routes are on offer at Creag Tharsuinn with steep rock on the north east ridge of Beinn Narnain. Choose from routes such as Terminator, Deception and Route Sinister for nail-bitingly tense climbs.

The routes can be downloaded from: http://www.ukclimbing.com/logbook/crag.php?id=590


10. Arrochar Caves – (Trad/Caving)

Hard severe climbing is on offer at Arrochar Caves. Can you handle The Vice? A midge net is essential when you reach the top so be sure to get properly kitted out before you start.

The routes can be downloaded from: http://www.ukclimbing.com/logbook/crag.php?id=8811


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