Rock Climbing in Perthshire
If you are looking to make the most of the sunshine and the stunning rural surrounding of Perthshire this summer, trying your hand a rock climbing might be just the thing for you.
Rock climbing is fast becoming a popular sport across the county. With the introduction of climbing into the 2020 Olympics and recent studies highlighting the physical and mental benefits of the sport, more adults and children alike are starting to dip their toes into the world of rock climbing.
If rock climbing is something you are keen to try, Perthshire is the perfect place to start. With a diverse selection of crags (a steep cliff or rock face) and indoor climbing centers, there is plenty for both beginners and advanced climbers to sink their teeth into.
If you have the correct kit and experience rock climbing, why not check out some of the brilliant crags around Perthshire? In this article, we will look at a few of the hotspots for bouldering, top roping & sport climbing, the most widespread styles of climbing. Here are a few of our favorites to get you started!
1) Perth UHI Climbing Wall
Description: Perth College installed a brilliant indoor rock climbing facility in its sports center in late 2016. Over 150 climbs, including a 10 meter roped wall and a bouldering bay, make for a brilliant environment to dip your toes into the world of climbing in Perthshire.
Distance from Perth City Centre: 1 mile
More On The Perth Climbing Wall
The design of the walls are inspired by some of the legendary rocks around Scotland including Mangersta, Strone Ulladale and Etive Slabs, which make for some really fun climbing for even the most advanced climbers. They also offer classes and group sessions, so it’s undoubtedly a great starting point for beginners.
Description: Bennybeg is one (if not the most) popular crag in Perthshire. Sitting just off the A822 between Muthill and Crieff, this convenient climbing spot has parking facilities just 20 meters from the rock face, making it the perfect spot for a bit of hassle-free climbing.
Distance from Perth City Centre: 20 miles
More On Bennybeg
The routes are all at the lower end of the grading scale, which makes Bennybeg particularly good for beginners. There is also a brilliant traversing wall, which is the perfect place to warm up or do some climbing training.
Another reason why Bennybeg is very popular is because the wall is very well maintained and all the routes are bolted, which allows climbers to sport climb. With a total of 28 routes, there’s plenty to sink your teeth into!
3) Glen Lednock
Description: If you are looking to get off the beaten path and combine a climbing trip with a bit of an adventure, Glen Lednock is the place for you!
Distance from Perth City Centre: 28 miles
More On Glen Lednock
While there are a few bolted routes for top roping and lead climbing, the main type of climbing that can be found here is bouldering. The bolted routes near the Melville Monument are more suited to intermediate climbers, who have experience climbing outdoors. Towards the Lednock reservoir there is a field that is scattered with large granite boulders that are perfect for a bouldering day trip. With hundreds of rocks scattered around the dam, there is an endless amount of exploring and bouldering to be done. Just make sure to bring a bouldering mat!
4) Weem Rock
Description: Weem Rock offers a varied selection of sport climbing in the picturesque woods above the river Tay.
Distance from Perth City Centre: 30 miles
More On Weem Rock
As your climbing skills improve, you will want to venture to some new spots to find a new challenge. Weem Rock offers a varied selection of sport climbing in the picturesque woods above the river Tay. The grades at Weem range from 5+ to 7a+ so it’s definitely worth getting some practice in before heading here.
5) Polney Crag
Description: There are some crags across the country that only the best climbers will venture too – and the Dunkled crag is one of them.
Distance from Perth City Centre: 15 miles
More On Climbing in Dunkeld
I recently took a trip here and quickly realised the high standard of climbing here – so you have been warned!
All nine routes on this crag are graded between 6b and 7c+ and all are steep endurance climbs.
Over to You!
Now you know where our favourite spots for climbing in Perthshire are, it’s time to get out and explore! In case you aren’t familiar with Perthshire, here’s a map to help you find all of the spots mentioned above. For more information on the approach and routes, take a look at the UK Climbing Map!