Cairnsmore of Carsphairn
|Cairnsmore of Carsphairn|
Skiing on Cairnsmore above the Green Well of Scotland
|Elevation||797 m (2,615 ft)|
|Prominence||582 metres (1,909 ft)|
|Listing||Marilyn, Donald, Corbett|
|English translation||Big Hill of Carsphairn|
|Location||Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland|
|Parent range||Galloway Hills|
|Topo map||OS Landranger 77|
Cairnsmore of Carsphairn is a 797-metre (2,615 ft) high hill in the Southern Uplands of southern Scotland. An alternative name, rarely used nowadays, is Cairnsmore of Deugh. It is the highest hill in the Carsphairn hills, and its summit is just under 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) north-east of Carsphairn village as the crow flies, in the far north of Kirkcudbrightshire.
The usual route of ascent is from the A713 road to the west at the "Green Well of Scotland" a mile north of Carsphairn. Despite its height, it is a relatively easy hill to climb - over some rough grass, with no steep slopes and with a very flat summit area - though there are areas of more rugged ground on the outlying peaks of Beninner and Moorbrock. For most of the route, there are excellent views westward over the Glenkens to the Rhinns of Kells in the Galloway Hills.
Because of the local geology, no good rock climbing has been recorded on the massif. However, in winter there are a number of short ice climbs of up to 150 metres (490 ft) on the slopes of Beninner and Moorbrock Hill.
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