As the Covid-19 lockdown eases, access for climbing is opening back up, subject to some measures and restrictions depending on where you are going. Please make sure you have read and understood our current advice before heading out and apply it alongside RAD advice to ensure access issues don’t develop.

Kyloe Crags (Kyloe In & Kyloe Out)


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from 25/03/2020

Two crags in the Kyloe woods, also known as Dues Heugh (Kyloe In) and Collar Heugh (Kyloe Out) offer excellent climbing in an atmosopheric setting. While the main crag offers great routes on a series of isolated buttress and a quarried section, Kyloe in the Wood has an almost magical woodland ambience (and lots of 'challenging' climbing to boot!).

Kyloe In is managed by Scottish Woodlands who facilitate and permit access.

Kyloe Out has a public Footpath that runs along the base/top, but the crag iteslf is  on private land. Climbing is permitted by the farmer.


Crag information
Climbing Area: North East Rock Type: Sandstone
Importance: National CRoW Land: No
Ownership: Private Woodland No. of Routes: 129
Within National Park: Yes Year Developed: 1966
Grid Reference: NU045388

Access relationships at Kyloe are currently good, please ensure that they stay that way:

  • Park sensibly - don't block gates, the road or park on the farmer's mown lawn (see parking section below for more info)
  • Woodland Management will sometimes engage in deerstalking in these woods - it is essential that you only walk along the route described below to get to the crag for safety reasons.
  • No fires
  • Take all litter home including any found at the crag
  • Keep dogs under control (particularly when crossing fields with grazing sheep and cattle)

Remember, access to Kyloe In is a privilege, not a right and inconsiderate or irresponsible behaviour can lose it. If there are any cases of poor climber behaviour or conflict with the stalker or management, please inform the BMC access team so we can deal with the issue before it gets out of hand.

When parking for Kyloe out please park carefully and only on one side of the road. Large agricultural vehicles use the road and parking on both verges can narrow the road.

Restrictions apply from 1 September - 30 March.

Reason: Live Firing

Scottish Woodlands (the landowner of Kyloe In) have confirmed that access is now permitted at all times, regardless of stalking activity at Kyloe-in-the-woods (Kyloe-In).

It is crucial that climbers approach the crag via the track described below and do not deviate from it or the crag. Do not thrash through the woodland from Kyloe Out.

Parking and Approach

Parking is limited at Kyloe so please be considerate - make sure your vehicle doesn't block the road or any gates and do not park on the farmer's mown lawn. If the verge parking next to the access path at Kyloe Out is full, there's additional parking past the farm 300m further up the road (towards Kyloe In). Do not park on both sides of the verge such that the road is narrowed.

The agreed approach starts at the northern gate: grid reference NU 03532,38982. Follow the forest road up a slight incline. After about 600m A track merges from the right, ignore this and continue to a fork 100m ahead . Take the right branch. Follow the right fork for 300m then turn right at the T-junction. The rocks soon appear to the left of the track just after an obvious disclaimer sign.

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Just arrived and there are signs saying that the area is closed due to timber harvesting work.