An Socach (Alladale)

Climbs 18 – Rocktype Quartzite – Altitude 450m a.s.l – Faces N

Crag features
Gives some good cragging on routes up to 250 metres in length on hard, glacially polished quartzite although difficult to protect.

Access notes
Turn off the main Bonar Bridge road at Ardgay and drive up Strathcarron for about 14km until a red telephone box (another 2km to Croick Church - worth a visit). Turn left here over the bridge, past Amat Lodge until the turn off for Glencalvie Lodge and Alladale Lodge, park here. Take the estate track for about 6km (bike useful 1/2 hr) past the lodge and private accomodation (no bothy anymore) until it bends round right and a track forks left down to the glen floor. Follow a vague ATV track up the glen crisscrossing the burn for another 4km until the base of the crag (1 hr).

Although this is a private estate you should be able to exercise right of access. That means check with the estate for any deerstalking activities beforehand and use the gates through the deerfences protecting new tree regeneration.

Guidebooks
Northern Highlands North (2004),
Out of print: Northern Highlands Vol. 2 (1993)

Climbs at this crag

Sort climbs
  Climb nameGrade
 EAST WING 
2The GimpV 6 *
3Radius Gully, Index FinishIV 5 *
4Radius Gully, Index Finish - Broken Finger VariationIV 4 *
 CENTRAL BUTTRESS 
6Jug RibS **
7The Gully (Winter)IV 4 *
 WEST WING 
9BangS **
10TaneVD **
11TotherVD *
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Although the actual climbing is excellent at times it's hard to recommend it due to the sparsity of gear. Either you have to be the adventurous type with a grade or two in hand and manage a small cam every 10m or so or just solo it.
Captain Solo - 06/Jun/13