Walk 7-2: Cairnsmore of Fleet: Both Tops

WalkFest 2017 starts with a climb of Cairnsmore of Fleet and finishes with the same high point, but the routes are quite different and as each highlights different aspects of this area, it is worth doing both for the comparison. Arguably this route is the more demanding.


Starting at Talnotry, the route begins with a demanding climb of 500 metres in a couple of kilometres to reach Craignelder.

The next section, to Meikle Mulltaggert, is more comfortable with a chance of seeing feral goats and red deer.

A drop down to a col is followed by a short and steep climb to the top of Cairnsmore of Fleet (711 metres, a Donald). The top is an ideal place for photographers with views in all directions.

The next section skirts the top of the craggy, easterly side with the Spouts of the Clints, the site of two world war two aircraft accidents, far below.

The south top or Knee of Cairnsmore is the final high point before descending via the Graddoch Burn to the track at Knocktim which goes through Cairnsmore Estate to finish at the viaduct at Graddoch Bridge.

Starting Location

End Location

Register from 09:30
Depart at 10:00
Travel time 15 minutes
Start from NX 488 715
End at NX 463 631
Return travel time 15 minutes
Return by 17:45
Price (Adult) £10.00
Price (Accompanied Child) £10.00
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Walk 7-2: Cairnsmore of Fleet: Both Tops