Climbs 87
Rocktype Schist
Altitude 202m a.s.l
Faces SW

Helter Skelter HVS, Craig a' Barns © Grahame N

Crag features

Craig a Barns and Polney Crag offer some accessible one and two-pitch routes covering all grades, in a weather oasis that seems to stay dry even when the rest of Scotland is wet! However, tree cover can make Polney slow to dry and the rock is slippery when damp so care is required after rain.

The outlook is pleasing, making this a popular venue. There are some bolted routes located at the W end of Polney. Dedicated sport climbers should also head to Cave Crag (listed separately).

Safety note: The top of the crag has a fair amount of loose, steep ground and a slip can have (and has had) unfortunate consequences. A popular descent route is to ab down Hairy Gully - provided, of course, that the route is not being climbed. Slings and a maillon will generally be found in place round the most convenient tree at the top of the gully. In winter pine needles can cover many of the holds and ledges on the easier routes.

Note for logbooks: According to the SMC guidebook the Craig a Barns "area" covers three crags: Polney Crag, Lover's Leap and Cave Crags. Cave Crag (sp) is listed separately in the database so I've put the routes on Upper Cave Crag, Lower Cave Crag and Even Lower Cave Crag under that name. Lover's Leap only has a few routes and access is from the same point as Cave Crags, so I've included the Lover's Leap routes under Cave Crag.

Approach notes

Park at the side of road on the old A9 just outside of Dunkeld, past the old curling pond on the right. Polney Crag is five minutes uphill from here. (The road has now re-opened, so it is advisable to take a little care when crossing the road and manoeuvring in and out of parking spots as the bend in the road below the crag is fairly blind.)

Found a craghopper pullover fleece on the way up to the crag yesterday. Any one know the owner?
Paul Roberts - 29/Aug/15
The Groove (VS 5a) - a candidate for Scotland's best one-pitch VS! Brilliant climb.
nickinscottishmountains - 26/Aug/03
Very fingery, very nice view over Dunkeld.
er - 26/Aug/03
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
 Myopics Buttress 
2Myopic's Corner
HVS 5a *18
3Direct Finish to Myopic's CornerE2 5c * 
4Unknown7a 10
5The Chopping Block
7b **111
6Shimmy7c *2
7Shimmy Sham8a *2
8The Vibes
7c **20
9Vibes Right hand finish7c  
10Vibe Heads7b+ ***10
11Bad Vibes7c+ **8
12Granola Head
7c *24
13Nameless?6c+ 2
 Ivy Buttress 
15The Bashful Groove
E2 5b  
E3 6a *15
E5 6b *6
18Sideline Direct (The Sharp End)E6 7a *3
19Stolen Ivy
E7 6c * 
20Hot TipsE5 6c **13
21Cold Tips
E5 6c * 
22For Your Own Pleasure
E4 6a  
23Ivy CrackVS 4c *372
24Poison Ivy (Without Arete Start)VS 5a *135
25Poison IvyE1 5b *30
26Poison Arete
E3 5c 6
27Consolation CornerVD *290
 Upper Buttress 
29Left-Hand Edge
HVS 4c 8
30Left-Hand Crack
E2 5c **100
31Right-Hand Crack
VS 5a 46
32Mottled Rib
VD *35
33Hogg's HindquartersVD **193
34The Trap
HVS 5b 20
 Main Cliff, Left Section 
36AnonD 112
37Kestrel CrackS *681
38Kestrel Crack Variation Finish I
HVS 5a *31
39Kestrel Crack Variation Finish II
VS 5a 44
40Katie Morag's First StepsMVS 4b 96
41Twisted RibVD *317
E2 8
43Beech WallHS **526
44Piker's Progress
VS 5a *61
45Piker's Variation
HVS 5a 8
46Piker's Progress Direct
HVS 5a *172
47The Way Through
E2 5b **132
48The Porker
E3 5b 5
49The GrooveVS 5a ***600
50The Rut
VS 5a **446
VS 5a **268
E2 5c *144
53Wriggle Direct
HVS 5a 29
54Scram '79
E4 5c *6
55Holly Tree GrooveVD **623
56Blast Off
HVS 5b * 
57Recess RouteVD 189
58The CreepS *118
VS 5a *83
60Nicotine Rush
E2 5b *6
E2 5c *2
62The Excuse
E2 6a *6
63Cuticle CreekMVS 45
64Cuticle CrackS **879
65Airy Arete
VS 4c 58
66The Crescent
VD *38
67Hairy GullyM 64
 Main Cliff, Right Section 
69Bollard ButtressMS 199
70Bollard Buttress DirectHS *221
71SpringboardHVS 5a **151
72Springboard Direct VariationE3 5c **24
73Live Wire
E5 6a 7
D 1
75Helter Skelter
HVS 5a 10
76The ChuteVS 5a *126
77Space Scuttle
E1 5b *23
HVS 4c *12
79The EndVS 5a, 4c **502
80Barefoot/BeginningE2 5c **84
81Terminal ButtressHS *200
82Crash Test Dummies
E3 5c 30
83The Duel Variation
E4 6a **7
84The Mound of Venus
E2 5c 4
85Carpet Beater
HVS 5a *42
VD 14
VS 4b *109
VS 4c 2
89Girdle TraverseVS 4c 6
90"S" CrackS 8
91Un-namedS 3
92Twisted Rib (Direct Finish)VS 4c *2

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