So you've got the skyboat and reached cragshore, heading north - not if you believe the villagers, apparently there are dangerous creatures up there. Ha! we're brave warriors, we've been handling tough creatures since we left Larkwood, so I ignored them and went adveturing.
First battle, only lasted 2 rounds, it was so easy for then to smash me to pieces, back to the saved game
Moral, the locals know best!