Central Highlands Sports Crags

Diabeig in the stunning sunshine was a hard act to follow, so any cragging ticked on the way home would be more consolation than destination – especially when working around a patchy forecast. However the recent bolted developments in the triangle formed by Perth, Pitlochry and Callander make for the ideal stop-off.

Weem is a series of Schist (check the spelling!) crags set on a wooded hillside above the village of the same name. Great rock and friendly bolting of almost a hundred routes make for a great little venue. When the trees are in full summer foliage you’d be hard pressed to even know there was a crag there…

The impressive Weem Rock Side Wall is home to some fab looking 7s

and the Front Face, whilst less steep, isn’t exactly slabby, and has a great bunch of 6s. A big rain shower just before we arrived moderated our ambitions, but at least left the top 2/3s of a few of the routes just about dry enough to climb.

We sketched our way through the soggy lower wall to enjoy Scooby Snack, One Step Beyond and Down to the Last Heartbreak, all 6a+ (or trickier if sopping) before a major shower dampened enthusiasm terminally.

A shout out for our latest source of stopovers – Britstops https://www.britstops.com/howdoesitwork/ – free overnight Motorhome parking at pubs, cafes, shops, attractions etc in the hope (but no obligation) that you might make a purchase. We enjoyed a tranquil night at the Glenturret Distillery and then a very posh coffee and croissant and even posher toilets (honey and whisky perfumed soap!) but skipped the tour and tasting in favour of bagging a few routes.

Benny Beg is the kind of crag that you (and we!) might turn your nose up at. 2mins from a cafe carpark, with routes no more than 10m high and no harder than 6a. However, faced with a forecast of monsoon-like rain from noon for the rest of eternity, we swallowed our pride and paid a visit.

A couple of hours later, with 4 fun, juggy 6as under our belts, we were thanking our wisdom at not being half an hour up a hill as the clouds burst. Not a destination crag, but the perfect answer for a quick hit if you are operating within a tight window (and it would also be a perfect family + picnic combo).

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