Cairnsmore of Carsphairn

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Cairnsmore of Carsphairn
Skiing on Cairnsmore above the Green Well of Scotland
Range: Carsphairn Hills
Summit: 2,615 ft NX595980
55°15’22"N, 4°12’44"W

Cairnsmore of Carsphairn is a broad hill of 2,615 feet; the highest of the Carsphairn Hills, which are part of the Galloway Hills.

An alternative name, rarely used nowadays, is Cairnsmore of Deugh, which name is reflected in the Water of Deugh which flowsaround the north and the west of the Cairnsmore Hills.


The usual route of ascent is from the A713 road to the west at the "Green Well of Scotland" a mile or so north of the village of Carsphairn in the far north of Kirkcudbrightshire.


Cairnsmore[1] is the highest hill in the Carsphairn Hills but 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 490 feet on the slopes of Beninner and Moorbrock Hill.[3]

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