Walk 2-5: Cairnsmore of Fleet: The Mill Burn Route

This route climbs one of Galloway's best known hills as well as giving lovely panoramic views.


Starting from Bardrochwood, a forest road leads to Mill Burn where a path goes through the forest to cross a deer fence. From here a rough, steep climb towards Eastman’s Cairn leads to the top of Cairnsmore from where there are arguably the finest views of the entire Galloway ranges plus the bonus of views much further afield. The route goes along the plateau to the South Top with a straightforward descent towards Knocktim and the backdrop of the Cree Estuary always in the eye. The conclusion is on tracks that lead to the finish at Graddoch Bridge.

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Theme Biosphere
Register from 09:00
Depart at 09:30
Travel time 15 minutes
Start from NX 461 650
End at NX 462 630
Return travel time 20 minutes
Return by 16:05
Price (Adult) £11.00
Price (Accompanied Child) £11.00
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Walk 2-5: Cairnsmore of Fleet: The Mill Burn Route