Cairnsmore of Carsphairn from the south-east

Cairnsmore of Carsphairn

Highest point on the hills of Carsphairn Forest

Living up to its name, Cairnsmore of Carsphairn is the highest hill in the range of rolling grass covered lumps above the farmlands and forestry south of New Cumnock.

Cairnsmore of Carsphairn

MeaningBig hill of Carsphairn
ListsCorbetts, 164
LocationForest of Carsphairn,
Grid RefNX594980
Lat/Lon55.25609, -4.21313

In the south-west of Scotland, Cairnsmore of Carsphairn is the highest hill on a series of grass-covered broad shoulders in a fairly quiet area close to the Southern Upland Way.

The easiest route up Cairnsmore of Carsphairn follows an estate track from the Green Well of Scotland to within 2km of the summit, where a wall leads uphill.
A finer and longer hike begins by the Water of Ken and continues further north-west from Cairnsmore of Carsphairn over minor summits.

Routes up Cairnsmore of Carsphairn

Cairnsmore of Carsphairn from the Green Well

Following estate tracks, well constructed dykes and fences up grass covered slopes, this route is the most direct and straightforward line to Cairnsmore of Carsphairn.

Peaks : 1 Corbett

Ascent : 620m (2030ft)
Distance : 12km (7m)
Time : 4hr

Cairnsmore of Carsphairn and Windy Standard

A circular hillwalking route south of New Cumnock over gentle rolling hills above forests, farmland and wind farms.

Peaks : 1 Corbett plus 1 Graham

Ascent : 1250m (4100ft)
Distance : 24km (15m)
Time : 8:5hr

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