Hill walk routes to climb in SW Scotland - also coastal paths and National Scenic Areas with maps, pictures and other useful information based on extensive local knowledge
Carrifran, White Coomb and Saddle Yoke 2
|Above left shows the route down to the top of the waterfalls from Carrifran Gans. The lines that you see running across the scree faces of Carrifrans are sheep tracks. Above right shows the view down Carrifran Glen from the face of Firthope, more or less from where the previous picture was taken. The two possible routes off Saddle Yoke are shown.|
|Above left is from the face of Firthope Rig looking along the route we are to take above Raven Craig to Saddle Yoke (at the far left of the picture). Right above is taken from the front edge of Rotten Bottom, making for the top of Raven Craig. You will see a tiny red spot in the previous shot showing where this picture was taken from|
the image on the right we are now climbing up to Saddle Yoke
|Sandy on top of Under Saddle Yoke (as it is called in the "Pathfinder" map), with the second top (which they call Saddle Yoke), beyond and the Ettrick Hills beyond that. Under Saddle Yoke is actually marginally higher than Saddle Yoke. Most folk just refer to the whole hill with both humps as Saddle Yoke.||Heading down into the saddle of Saddle Yoke. If you are careful and the ground is not too slippy underfoot, you can descend straight down to the left from the saddle into Carrifran Glen - though getting across Carrifran Burn at the the bottom can be fun if there's been a lot of rain.|
final four shots are from a walk almost exactly a year later (20-02-02).
With nasty weather coming in from the west, and a rotten forecast we thought
we would find an escape route down off the hill before the snow got to us.
The 1st picture shows a view down Carrifran Glen from above Raven Craig
with tree covered Ettrick Pen in the far distance. The 2nd shows what you
have to avoid - Raven Craig. But if you carry on beyond them into the NE
corner of the glen you can find an easy way down as you can see in the final
Here is a link to a poem by the Ettrick Shepherd - James Hogg (1770- 1835) that contains several references to Saddle Yoke, Carrifran and other places in the immediate vicinity.