Walk 7-2: Cairnsmore of Fleet

**SORRY THIS WALK IS NOW FULLY BOOKED** Our route up Cairnsmore of Fleet this year avoids the well known tourist path in favour of a more challenging ascent and a steep descent to finish at Talnotry.


Starting at Cairnsmore viaduct, the route follows the Graddoch Burn to Knocktim over moorland to the Door of Cairnsmore, where the climbing starts to reach the cairn at the south top.  The walk to the summit gives good views of the precipitous eastern slopes where several aircraft crashed during world ward 2.

The summit of Cairnsmore of Fleet (711 metres) is the perfect spot for photography, standing as it does in splendid isolation at the southerly edge of the Galloway Hills. As a result, there are stunning views north towards the other ranges in Galloway and southerly, perhaps even as far as Snowdon in north Wales.

The descent is by way of Meikle Multaggart and the Coo Lochans, where there is a chance of seeing red deer and feral goats, and also takes in Craignelder. From there there is a final steep descent past the Flesh Market to finish at Talnotry.                              

Starting Location

End Location

Theme Hills Biosphere
Register from 08:30
Depart at 09:00
Travel time 30 minutes
Start from NX 462 631
End at NX 488 715
Return travel time 30 minutes
Return by 17:00
Price (Adult) £11.00
Price (Accompanied Child) £11.00
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Walk 7-2: Cairnsmore of Fleet