**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.
|Travel time||30 minutes|
|Start from||NX 462 631|
|End at||NX 488 715|
|Return travel time||30 minutes|
|Price (Accompanied Child)||£11.00|
Walk 7-2: Cairnsmore of Fleet