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The very popular Scarpa Vapor V rock shoe has had an upgrade and we've just taken delivery in the Castle Shop of this great shoe.

We will soon be moving the bike park to a dedicated space outside the building next to our favourite bike workshop.  Many of you have already been using the railings around here to park your bikes anyway, so you’ll be pleased to know that we’re getting over 100 spaces.  Up to now, bikes had to be wheeled through the building to an outdoor section at the back.  We’ve changed this because we have other plans for that space including a much-needed workshop and route setting area.  I know that many cyclists are concerned about these changes.  I use my bike to get here every day (that's me in th

A couple of years ago The Castle was approached by Dan, a climber at the centre and director of Dizzy Spell Films. He had an idea of making a film about the work that has (and is still) been done in developing the Castle into an ethical, sustainable business. 

This 30 minute film follows Steve Taylor, CEO and the brains behind our holistic approach. He explains what we have achieved so far (up to 2013), including ethical procurement of goods, eco-friendly waste disposal, recycling, lighting, heating, and insulation. 

Garden trainnes Lucy and Lorena 2014 season

This season we are looking for two volunteer trainees for our garden

Herb trainee (Mondays) Kitchen garden trainee (Thursdays)
 

Work with the Castle garden team, learn to manage a productive and fun food growing project and grow vegetables, fruit and herbs for a commercial kitchen and café.

Lucy Nacson-Jones, Castle Garden apprentice 2014

Apprenticeship at the Castle 2014  - by Lucy Nacson-Jones

The Castle garden is one of those sought after places in the Big Smoke that give you a moment’s peace from the hustle and bustle of the city, and I have been lucky enough to be doing the apprenticeship there since May.

Evolv rock shoes will be holding a boot demo on Tuesday 18th November at the Castle. The shop will also be running a 20% discount on Evolv shoes if purchased on the night. It's a great opportunity to try out Evolv shoes to see if they suit your feet.

 

This is a write up of the Cuillin Ridge which I did in September 2014. I've put together a PDF download which contains some useful hints and tips on how to get the most of your trip and the climbing gear and other equipment that you might need for the traverse.

Above is the first part of the ridge approaching the TD Gap and Sgurr Alasdair.

The Castle Shop is looking for enthusiastic, gear-obsessed climbers, with experience in retail, to help explain & sell our kit and caboodle.

If you....

There will be a Scarpa Boot demo on Monday 10th November. We will also be running a mini comp in conjunction with this and the reset of the Panels. All score cards will be put in for a draw for a pair of shoes. Also on the night Scarpa shoes can be bought at a 10% discount from the shop.

All 6 of the Castle’s Competition Squad members have been training hard throughout 2014 to get the new competition season off to a flying start, and they certainly haven’t disappointed!

The competition squad has being going from strength to strength and if recent ascents and comp results are anything to go by we can expect a stellar season in 2015. 
Below is brief round-up of what’s been going on over the summer.

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