John : Climbing Instructor and Guidebook Author

Criagnecalllie Crag, Galloway

Introduction   Criagencallie crag lies above the road at the end of Clatteringshaws Loch and is one of only a few Galloway mountain cliffs that is just a short walk from the nearest public road. Unfortunately it is also one of the least good of the mountain crags. Although the rock quality is impeccable, the crag is very broken and remains fairly mossy and damp for much of the year. Best in the mornings when it catches the sun, and ideally early in the spring as the area is also very bad for midges.....

Access  The access is pretty quick, just fifteen or so minutes uphill from the car-park at the road end at Craigencallie, on the west side of Clatteringshaws Loch. The route to the crag is obvious. Craigencallie can be reached by a minor road that leaves the A712 New Galloway to Newton Stewart road just west of Clatteringshaws Loch.

Dangers  This is a large mountain crag and it can be a bit mossy, greasy and grassy. However the vast majority of the rock underneath is impeccably sound granite of some sort. There are lots of adders on this hillside, but not a problem on the routes.

Rock climbing routes at Craigencallie, Dumfries & Galloway

Photo taken in winter, although these are all summer routes. I am not aware of any winter climbing on the crag yet.