Perthshire Cragging

Out climbing at Creag na h-Eighe and Myopic’s Buttress, Dunkeld, today. Some seepage at both crags, but plenty of routes to be climbed.

Euan climbing The Link.
Moving through the quartz section The Link.
Euan on Jaggy Bunnets Direct Finish.
Euan near the top of Jaggy Bunnets Direct Finish.


I was out for a run in Galloway yesterday, for those who know the terrain “run” is a fairly loose term. I took in Buchan Hill, Rig of Loch Enoch, Mullwharchar, Dungeon Hill, Craignairny, Craignaw, the west top of Snibe Hill and Craiglee before descending the delightfully named Rig of Jarkness back to Loch Trool. Plenty of tussocks, but also some excellent expanses of exposed granite. Wilf.

Curlywee and Lamachan Hill from Buchan Hill.
Mullwharchar from Loch Enoch.
The Merrick from Craignaw.
The summit of Craiglee with The Merrick behind.

Meall nan Tarmachan and Beinn na Sroine

Beinn Lui from the east top of Beinn na Sroine.

I was out doing some staff training with the Falkirk Outdoors team yesterday. Good to catch up with some of the team in person for the first time in a while. The weather was great, so I then headed for a run up Beinn na Sroine, which gave great views to Ben Lui, Ben Cruachan and beyond.

Steve demoing the South African abseil.
Craig doing a classic abseil.
Looking towards Ben Cruachan from Beinn na Sroine.
Beinn na Sroine summit selfie.

Loudoun Hill

I met Nettle at Loudoun Hill yesterday for a bit of cragging in the sunshine. A good day with the rock drying pretty quickly in the sunshine after overnight rain. Amongst other things we climbed The Edge with Nettle leading the second pitch. His first time on it and always a memorable experience.

Nettle warming up on Frustration Wall.
Nettle above the fin of The Edge with me belaying below. Photo credit: J. Foden.
Making the awkward move down and around on The Edge. Photo credit: J. Foden.
Me on the knife edge of The Edge. Photo credit: J. Foden.

Ettrick Hills

I felt the need to get out yesterday afternoon, so went for a quick run in the Ettrick Hills. I approached from the Yarrow/Moffat Water side and headed up Herman Law, Trowgrain Middle, Mid Rig and Andrewhinney hills. Excellent views and relatively dry underfoot conditions made for a good outing.

Trowgrain Middle cairn.
Selfie at the cairn on the east of Mid Rig.
Summit of Andrewhinney Hill with views to the Eildons and Cheviot.

Glen Coe

Stunning day on the Aonach Eagach yesterday with Colly and Fritz. There was a light dusting of snow high up in the early morning, but this cleared quickly with sunshine and a fresh wind which eased during the day. The rock was dry and conditions were pretty much perfect along the ridge.

Looking west from Meall Dearg.

Going through the pinnacles.

Colly and Fritz enjoying the ridge.

Looking back along the Aonach Eagach.

Looking east from the slopes of Sgurr nam Fainnaidh.


Euan and I had a good day climbing trad at Creag na h-Eighe and sport at Myopic’s Buttress on Wednesday in excellent conditions.

Euan on the bold start to Knuckleduster.

Euan climbing Overhanging Crack.

Sergeant Crag Slabs

Nettle and I had a great day climbing in the sunshine on the excellent Sergeant Crag Slabs yesterday.

Nettle setting off on Revelation.

Abseiling from above the routes.
Passing the first overlap on Lakeland Cragsman.
The view from below the crag.

Dumfries and Galloway

Jen and I had a few days down in south-west Scotland last week based in Newton Stewart. A generally relaxing time, but we took the opportunity to walk up Cairnsmore of Fleet, Meikle Mulltaggart, Knee of Cairnsmore, Caerloch Dhu and Benbrack.

Jen on Meikle Mulltaggart with the Knee of Cairnsmore and Cairnsmore of Fleet behind.

Jen on Caerloch Dhu in the Range of the Awful Hand.

Benbrack with one of the Andy Goldsworthy Striding Arch sculptures.

Cairngorms, Stac Pollaidh and North-East Sea Cliffs

We’ve just had an excellent five days with Tina, Scott and Steve. It required some moving around to make the most of the weather. However, we had a great varied time cragging at Pinnacle Crag Duntelchaig; climbing Afterthought Arete and Final Selection in the Loch Avon Basin; traversing Stac Pollaidh from east to west; climbing Central Buttress on Lochnagar and sea cliff climbing at Greymare Slabs near Bullers of Buchan.

Scott and Tina on Ostrichism, Greymare Slabs.
Euan and Steve on Klacktovededstene.
The team on the summit of Lochnagar having climbed Central Buttress.
The west top of Stac Pollaidh with Suilven behind.
The difficult wall to access the west top of Stac Pollaidh.
Steve climbing Final Selection.
The pinnacle of Pinnacle Crag.