Whether you’re escaping the rain on weekends or getting in some training around the daily grind, there are two high quality indoor rock climbing venues in Glasgow. If you’re lacking in belay buddies, check out this Glasgow Climbers Facebook page to find climbing partners in Glasgow!
A fantastic gateway to the highlands, home to spectacular mountainous trad, sport and bouldering, Glasgow is a popular base for many keen climbers. But, it’s Scotland, and it rains an awful lot, so here are our top picks for the city.
The Climbing Academy (TCA)
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TCA has two locations in Glasgow: The Newsroom, south of the Clyde, close to the M8; and The Prop Store, north of the Clyde, in Maryhill. Both centres have an extensive range of bouldering routes starting at f3/VB, a cafe area which serves excellent soups (usually vegan) and cakes (less vegan) and are wheelchair accessible.
The Newsroom has male, female and accessible toilets and plenty of lockers (bring your own padlock). Here you’ll find 5 endurance walls (each with a few routes starting at f5/V1), selection of boards (finger, moon and campus), a kids climbing corner, and gives you access to weights, balance balls and yoga mats.
The Prop store has male, female, gender neutral (coming soon) and accessible toilets and plenty of lockers (bring your own padlock). Prop Store has a larger cave area and also houses a small selection of 12m tall auto-belay and lead walls for getting that endurance training in.
For your first visit to either wall, you can sign up for membership (one-off payment) and a month’s worth of climbing for a discounted price. Monthly/yearly accessmemberships covers you for both centres with a range of different payment options, Oh, and over 70s climb free, how cool is that!
124 Portman St, G41 1EJ
Closest Subway: Kinning Park
Free parking, bike cage with stands
124 Portman St, G41 1EJ
Closest Bus Stop: ‘The Big Tesco’ (Maryhill)
Free parking, bike stand
Roped Climbing & Bouldering
Glasgow Climbing Centre (GCC)
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GCC is the home for rope climbers in Glasgow. Set in an old church, you can enjoy 22 lead, 36 top-rope and 7 auto-belay panels (each with 2-4 routes) up into the church ceiling and a hearty debate with your climbing partner about whether or not the roof-beams are ‘in’. The centre has slabs, verticals, cracks and overhangs (slight to very). The routes are all around 16m (so bring a 40+m rope for leads) starting at 3 on the French grading system. In the basement you can find some boulder problems, from font 1, and some finger and campus boards.
The centre has developed a feedback system for routes which members can keep up to date with and give feedback on the Facebook page listed below. GCC is also home to the Balcony cafe, with great lunch options and a great view of the day’s climbers.
If you’re stuck for people to climb with, check out the GCC Climbers Facebook page!
GCC also has a sister centre at Soar at Intu Braehead (the big shopping mall between the M8 and the Clyde). Catered more towards children’s parties and adventure experiences, Climb Zone is a self described adventure playground, home to 23 panels (over 70 routes) with auto-belays. Monthly/yearly memberships at GCC give you access to Climb Zone for no additional cost.
534 Paisley Road West, G51 1RN
Closest Subway: Ibrox or Cessnock
Free parking, bike stands (to the left of the entry stairs)
Soar@ Intu Braehead, Kings Inch Road, Renfrew, PA4 8XQ
Bus routes to Braehead Shopping Centre
Free parking, bike stands