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Scotch Wall

Grade Trad Mixed Sport Total
5.10 1 - 8 9

Directions to Scotch Wall

This wall is in property owned by RRGCC. Be respectful.
Walk right from the main Highlands wall to this vertical section of wall hosting the next several lines.

Wall Sun: Shade

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Route Spray Name Type Grade Quality Length Picture


Shooglenifty Trad 5.6
Not so appealing trad climb 50 feet right of Bonnie Wee. Steepness:


Bonnie Wee Bairn Sport 5.11a
This is the first line encountered on the right side of the main, golden buttress when approaching the wall from the lower oil road. It begins with a few moves on a dirty slab then passes through a couple of tricky moves on more vertical terrain. Great, mellow climbing on larger holds makes up the rest of the line. Steepness:


Kilt or be Kilt Sport 5.10d
Begin just right of a dihedral. Balancy climbing dead ends at a stopper crux move after which you can get the warmup you were looking for. Steepness:


Harry Wrags Sport 5.12a
15 feet of easy crack climbing (cam optional) leads to a ledge from which you can stick clip the first bolt. Stick clipping the second bolt from here is recommended too. A brutal boulder problem over the roof results in easy face climbing on large, solid holds. Steepness:


Bushes of Love Sport 5.11d
The gorgeous arete and face left of Harry Wrags. Belay up on the ledge system, starting with steep moves off a scary-looking chained-on boulder and a short powerful crux on bullet orange rock. Steepness:


Glenmorangie Sport 5.10d
From the previous few lines head left and scramble up to the ledge using a hand rope. Just around the corner is a vertical wall hosting several bolted lines. This is the best of the group and begins on the corner. Steepness:


Tobermory Sport 5.11a
Tiptoe and reach up the face passing the right side of a hueco mid height. Steepness:


Glenfiddich Sport 5.11a
Crispy, difficult moves between bolts 1 and 2 lead to better edge climbing. Steepness:


Auchentoshan Sport 5.10c
This is the last line at this time on the left side of this section of the wall. Expect more of the same. Steepness:


Anonymous said on November 12th, 2014
Why is it that the actual scotch named routes aren't at the scotch wall. I know, I know…scotch is simply a derivative of the whiskey category - matured at least three years in oak barrels in scotland…but seriously what gives? I'm not mad, i'm just disappointed.
JR said on May 24th, 2016
Route 2,3,4,4a are pm sun. Route 5,6,7,8 are shady.