Cairnsmore of Carsphairn

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There is Cairnsmore O Fleet and Cairnsmore O Dee and Cairnsmore O Carsphairn - the greatest of the three; or so says an old rhyme. The Cairnsmore of Carsphairn is a grassy summit that rises high above its nearest neighbours; it offers a short ascent with excellent views.


Landrover track for approach; rough grassy ground on the hill, largely pathless but alongside walls or fences for part of the distance. Some boggy ground particularly on the return.

Public Transport

Bus 520 (Castle Douglas to Ayr) passes the start.


Green Well of Scotland. Open start point in Google Maps for directions.

Hillwalking in Winter

Please note that hillwalking when there is snow lying requires an ice-axe, crampons and the knowledge, experience and skill to use them correctly. All route descriptions and difficulties given here are for summer conditions. See our Winter Skills page for basic information on the essential skills, techniques and knowledge needed for winter hillwalking.

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