Rock Climbing

The Heart 200 area has lots to offer rock climbers of all standards.

For a detailed look at what the various crags in the area have to offer, the four main guidebooks are the Scottish Mountaineering Club (SMC) Highland Outcrops South, SMC Lowland Outcrops, the SMC Scottish Sport Climbs, and Boulder Scotland, 3rdEdition, by John Watson (Stone Country Press).

Popular crags include:

  • Bennybeg, Crieff, for sport climbing
  • Glen Lednock, Comrie, for trad crags plus bouldering up near the dam
  • The conglomerate cliff directly above Callander has some sport climbing on it
  • Ben Ledi Boulders – in the Stank Glen on the west side of Loch Lubnaig (one of the best bouldering areas around but a walk to get to)
  • St Bride’s Wall on the east side of Loch Lubnaig, right beside the road is a great sunny bouldering venue
  • Glen Ogle, North of Lochearnhead
  • Weem Woodlands, near Aberfeldy, for sport, trad and bouldering
  • Craig a’ Barns, Dunkeld
  • Newtyle Quarry, Birnam

There are lots of other small venues dotted around the Heart 200 route. Check the guidebooks for further details.

There are three indoor climbing walls on the Heart 200 route at Perth College, The Peak at the Stirling Sports Village and the McLaren Leisure Centre in Callander. The Mountaineering Scotland website provides a list of climbing walls across Scotland.

For those wanting to learn to climb or just take part in a taster session there are a number of instructors in this area that can get you out onto the rock for your very first ever climb.

Wee Adventures, near Aberfeldy.

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