Cairnsmore of Carsphairn

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Cairnsmore of Carsphairn
Skiing on Cairnsmore above the Green Well of Scotland
Highest point
Elevation797 m (2,615 ft)
Prominence582 metres (1,909 ft)
ListingMarilyn, Donald, Corbett
Coordinates55°15′22″N 4°12′44″W / 55.25609°N 4.21216°W / 55.25609; -4.21216Coordinates: 55°15′22″N 4°12′44″W / 55.25609°N 4.21216°W / 55.25609; -4.21216
English translationBig Hill of Carsphairn
LocationDumfries and Galloway, Scotland
Parent rangeGalloway Hills
OS gridNX595980
Topo mapOS Landranger 77

Cairnsmore of Carsphairn is a 797-metre (2,615 ft)[1] 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,[1] 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.[2] 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[3] 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.[4]

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  1. ^ a b Ordnance Survey. Landranger Series (1:50,000). Sheet 77, "Dalmellington & New Galloway".
  2. ^ Map of routes onto Cairnsmore
  3. ^ The Glenkens
  4. ^ John Biggar. "New Climbs in Galloway". Archived from the original on 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2007-06-14. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)