Walk 5-1: Cairnsmore of Fleet: A Wild Place

** SORRY - THIS WALK IS NOW FULLY BOOKED ** This route explores one of south west Scotland’s wildest landscapes, and a WalkFest favourite, Cairnsmore of Fleet


This huge wild space is not only a National Nature Reserve, it’s also a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a core zone of the Galloway & Southern Ayrshire UNESCO Biosphere, making it an area of extremely high conservation value.

Keeping our eyes open for everything from carnivorous sundew plants to golden eagles, we will explore not only the landscape but the history of this rich environment that has seen military plane crashes and cameos in literature.

We will walk along the Mid Burn and visit the site of aircraft accidents before a steep climb ascending up the spout of the clints which leads to the plateau and the top of Cairnsmore of fleet (711 metres). The walk will then head to the South Cairn (656 metres) traversing down the door of Cairnsmore and over the Clints of Dromore visiting some well know sculptures on our return arriving back at the Big Water of Fleet viaduct. 

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Theme Hills Biosphere
Register from 07:30
Depart at 08:00
Travel time 30 minutes
Start from NX 558 643
End at NX 555638
Return travel time 30 minutes
Return by 17:00
Price (Adult) £15.00
Price (Accompanied Child) £15.00
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Walk 5-1: Cairnsmore of Fleet: A Wild Place