The Climbing

The Glasgow Climbing Centre features a mix of climbing styles from slabs and vertical walls to the steeply overhanging; from short boulder problems to athletic 16 meter routes. Whether you’re a humble beginner or a rock god, or something in between, there is something here for you.


We use the French grading system for roped climbs, and our routes span the grades from 3 to 8a.

For boulder problems we use the Fontainebleau grading system and typically have problems from 1 to 7c

International visitors may benefit from checking out Rockfax’s Grade Conversion page.

Route Setting

We aim to update all our routes every three months. It’s hard work and we welcome feed back on our Facebook page, GCC Routes and Setting.


We have over 20 lines of lead climbing and upward of 50 individual routes, up to 16 meters in height and in a wide range of angles and grades.

Auto Belays

For those short of time or partners we have two TruBlue Mk2 Auto Belay units. They’re easy to use and offer a wealth of opportunity for training or just having fun.


Three dedicated bouldering areas – around 100 problems.

Top (aka Bottom) Roping

Over 40 top roping lines – hundreds of individual climbs to choose from.

Routes info March 2017

Route Age

  • Routes <1 month old 58%
  • Routes 1-2 months old 42%
  • Routes 2 – 3 months old 0%

Routes Grades Spread

  • 4 or less 17.6%
  • 5 – 5+ 24%
  • 6a – 6a+ 20%
  • 6b – 6b+ 15.8%
  • 6c – 6c+ 12.4%
  • 7a – 7a+ 4.8%
  • 7b – 7b+ 3.4%
  • 7c – 7c+ 1%
  • 8a or harder 1%