Lowland Outcrops (SMC)

compiled by Topher Dagg


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From Ayrshire, into the Central Belt and up to the Stirlingshire hills, the Lowland regions of Scotland are within easy travel distance of its two main cities and the majority of its climbing population. Though perhaps lacking the grandeur of the Highlands, the Lowlands make up for this in variety and accessibility with dolerite quarries, adventurous greywacke sea-cliffs and basalt test-pieces. With over 1,900 trad, sport and bouldering routes, from esoteric gems to world-classics, the area holds something for everyone.

Compiled and updated by local activists, this new guide presents the best that the Lowlands have to offer. With colour photographic topos throughout, inspiring action shots, detailed maps, public transport and accessibility details, it’s designed for both seasoned climbers and those taking their first steps onto outdoor crags.

Coverage of the book includes Stirlingshire, Glasgow, Ayrshire, the Forth Valley, Berwickshire Coast and the Borders Hills.

Key features:

  • Over 1,900 routes, with almost every route on a diagram
  • 224 high resolution crag diagrams
  • Inspiring action photos
  • Detailed access maps designed with accessibility in mind
  • Essential crag information to aid planning
  • Details of accessible climbing venues


Softback with 388 pages
Illustrated in colour throughout
Size: 148 x 210 mm (portrait)
ISBN: 978-1-907233-47-0
Printed on FSC paper

About the author

Topher Dagg lives in Edinburgh with his partner Emily and collie Tadhg. He has been an avid rock climber for 30 years, starting out on the small crags of East Lothian, and rapidly falling in love with big mountain faces. He has explored the wide range of rock in Scotland, as well as throughout the UK, Europe and around the world. He has a particular love of the geology and ecology of Scotland’s north-west coast, while remaining a fan of Lowland dolerite.

Formerly a primate ecologist, climbing led him to his current day job as a contemporary circus rigger, performing in big tops and theatres across the globe. In 2011 a serious accident on the Isle of Skye provided the time and motivation to write his first guidebook, 7aMax, on Scottish sport-climbing. Books and rigging aside, his first love continues to be trad climbing and exploring Scotland’s wild spaces.