Just over a mile from Carlops, Harbour Craig isn’t one of those features that when you see it for the first time hits you in the face and makes you go ‘wow’. It’s not even significant until you get closer. After vaulting the odd barbed wire fence or two and moving onwards to a small valley, seeing the outcrop for the first time if you’ve already read what happened beforehand, brings the tale together.
History relates that 17th century covenanters used this place as a retreat and meeting point where they took refuge during their struggles in opposition to the interference by the Stuart kings in the affairs of the Presbyterian Church of Scotland. In terms of strategy, it’s really a no-brainer why they chose this spot. It’s nicely hidden.
There are vague weathered inscriptions and names carved on the rocks which clearly aren’t modern graffiti. Harbour Craig is an interesting place to visit but chose when you go. My outing took me through knee high mud, so possibly I didn’t follow the correct path or maybe I just went at the the wrong time of year.