Cairnsmore of Fleet is a National Nature Reserve managed by Scottish National Heritage and this walk crosses it from our start point at Dromore, where there is a visitor centre.
We will be accompanied by a ranger from the reserve. It is also within the Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere and a visit to explore the Reserve in its own right is highly recommended.
The route starts at the visitor centre, passing under the Big Water of Fleet viaduct before heading to rougher ground along the top of the Clints. This and the next section are usually wet underfoot.
The route passes underneath the craggy Door of Cairnsmore, over moor to pick up a track at Knocktim. This leads westerly with an open aspect of the Cree estuary and Newton Stewart before dropping into Cairnsmore Estate, with its abundance of spring Flowers, and the finish at another viaduct at Graddoch Bridge.
** Note: Ascent is 450 metres, not 845 metres as stated in the brochure **