Cairnsmore of Carsphairn

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Cairnsmore of Carsphairn
Skiing on Cairnsmore above the Green Well of Scotland
Highest point
Elevation 797 m (2,615 ft)
Listing Marilyn, Donald
Translation Big Hill of Carsphairn
Location Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland
Parent range Galloway Hills
OS grid NX595980
Topo map OS Landranger 77

Cairnsmore of Carsphairn is a 797m high hill in the Southern Uplands of southern Scotland. An alternative name, rarely used nowadays, is Cairnsmore of Deugh. The usual route of ascent is from the A713 road to the west at the "Green Well of Scotland" a kilometre or so north from the village of Carsphairn in the far north of Kirkcudbrightshire.


Cairnsmore[1] is the highest hill in the Carsphairn hills and yet 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[2] to the Rhinns of Kells in the Galloway Hills .


Because of the nature of the rock no good rock climbing has been recorded on the massif. However, in winter after a good freeze there are a number of short ice climbs of up to 150 m on the slopes of Beninner and Moorbrock Hill.[3]

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Coordinates: 55°15′22″N 4°12′44″W / 55.25609°N 4.21216°W / 55.25609; -4.21216