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Cairnsmore of Fleet

Walk No: Glenkens 5

Start: A 712,Murray's Monument Car Park,Talnotry. GR NX 491721.

Finish: A 712,Murray's Monument Car Park,Talnotry. GR NX 491721.

Notes: An International Site of Special Scientific Interest and also the site of a Memorial to all the aircrew lost in aircraft crashes in the Galloway Hills.

• Distance: 6 miles

• Height Gain:
• Approx. Time: 6hours

• Relevant Map:
Difficulty: Strenuous

• Terrain: Deep heather thinning to short grass as height is gained.
• Toilets: None available

• Refreshments: None available
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Route Description
1. Leave the car park, cross over the road to the forest track. Cross the bridge and turn left. Almost immediately follow the stone dyke that leads uphill on the right towards the open hill.

2. Exit the forest onto the boulder strewn hillside, crossover an old derelict fence and start the steady ascent of Craignelder. Granite slabs help to aid the climb. A small cairn marks the summit and the purist may want to venture the short distance NE to Millfore Hill, one meter higher! This is an excellent vantage point with almost aerial views down onto the Queens Way and Clatteringshaws Loch. A fine cairn stands about 10 meters from the summit.

3. Descend towards the peaty basin of the Coo Lochans. No path exists, but an obvious line, keeping Brockloch Cairn, which stands on a large granite slab well to the R leads you to a marker cairn and just beyond an old broken stile in the fence.(NX 507694) Pick the best route through the peat hags before the gradual ascent of grass across the Deers Den to Meikle Mulltaggart where three small flat stones at the side of an odd shaped water filled depression mark the summit. Note that the fence line shown on OS Maps which crosses the NW face barely exists and should not be relied upon as a guide.

4. In clear visibility the route to Cairnsmore of Fleet and its ancient cairn is clearly visible. A reasonably well trod path leads down the short grassy descent to a gate and stile at the fence corner just above the saddle. The path continues up to the summit plateau, where a Trig Pillar, square walled shelter and Granite Memorial all grace the flat grassy summit.

5. Return via the outward journey.

6. On a clear day it is worth while continuing along the ridge to the south summit. Head SE across the broad top which narrows as height is lost. A line of intermittent fence posts swing round from the N to join the descent. This fence forms a T junction with a well built stone dyke. A gap in the dyke leads to a path taking you onto the South Top. A fairly substantial ancient cairn marks the top 55 meters below the parent summit.