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About The Sports Barn at Barcaple

We plan to start building a brand new facility at Abernethy Barcaple, and it's designed to improve our guest experience, build links with the local community and get more young people active.

This indoor sports area with courts for basketball, badminton and volleyball will add to Barcaple's offering for groups as well as being Dumfries & Galloway's first and only indoor climbing venue.  It'll also provide a wet day option to the region's youth and many tourists!

How will it help?

Barcaple Operations Director, Andy Wade says, "The Sports Barn is hugely valuable: it will help us to promote climbing skills, enable access to the local community and help keep young people active in all weathers."

Teacher, Lesley Munro, Depute Head of Crombie Primary School says, “Having a sports hall would be a fantastic asset to the centre…"

Local AMI Mountain Guide, Colin Reilly, says, Dumfries & Galloway is underprovided for in climbing facilities.  For training venues and venues for introducing children to climbing there is just nothing, so a purpose built climbing wall would be amazing.”

The Project Management Team





David Belsham










Andy Wade

Operations Director, Abernethy Barcaple






Dave Crudgington

Deputy Operations Director, Abernethy Barcaple

Dave has worked for Abernethy for 11 years having initially joined our Nethybridge centre as an instructor.  He relocated to  Barcaple 9 years ago where he is Deputy Operations Director.  He is passionate about being part of improving what Barcaple can offer to both its guests and staff and is very excited to be involved in the Sports Barn and Climbing wall project.


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