Walk 4-1: The Ridge of Cairnsmore of Fleet

** SORRY - THIS ROUTE IS NOW FULLY BOOKED ** A very strenuous route which approaches the summit of Cairnsmore of Fleet from the north provides for a challenging, but rewarding day out.


The walk starts on the Queen’s Way below Murray’s Monument and follows the forest road down the Palnure Glen below Craignelder.

It then climbs the forest road to the higher reaches of the Louran Burn. Beyond the end of the road the Louran Burn is crossed and a short excursion to Billy Marshall’s Cave is taken. 

From there a rough deer path leads steeply up past the Deer’s Den to the Nick of the Saddle, then it is a short climb  to the main Summit of the Cairnsmore of Fleet with its Trig Point, large Cairn and Airmen’s Memorial.

A gentle stroll across the summit ridge leads to the southern summit.

The route then descends steeply down the western face of the hill to an old track created by the Duke of Bedford when he leased Cairnsmore House.  The track is followed over rough moorland and down through the Policy Woods to our pick up point near Cairnsmore Viaduct.

Starting Location

End Location

Theme Hills Biosphere
Register from 07:30
Depart at 08:00
Travel time 30 minutes
Start from NX 487 716
End at NX 458 629
Return travel time 60 minutes
Return by 15:50
Price (Adult) £11.00
Price (Accompanied Child) £11.00
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Walk 4-1: The Ridge of Cairnsmore of Fleet