Criffel circuit from New Abbey

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An approach from New Abbey enables the ascent of Criffel - the finest viewpoint in the area - to be made into a varied circular walk.


Mostly good paths; some livestock on section near Loch Kindar. Heather path across the hill from the summit to Knockendoch can be boggy; descent has improved path.

Public Transport

Bus to New Abbey.


Car park at Sweetheart Abbey, New Abbey. Open start point in Google Maps for directions.

Hillwalking in Winter

Please note that hillwalking when there is snow lying requires an ice-axe, crampons and the knowledge, experience and skill to use them correctly. All route descriptions and difficulties given here are for summer conditions. See our Winter Skills page for basic information on the essential skills, techniques and knowledge needed for winter hillwalking.

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