The map above shows six routes onto Cairnsmore of Fleet.
Two routes come in from the A712 (Queen's Way) in the north, two from
Clints of Dromore in the south east, and two from the A75 near Palnure
(the Tourist Route). The Numbers on the map correspond to those on the
main Galloway map and will
take you to the relevant page for each route.
The red and white route is the Tourist
Route onto the hill and is one of the most popular routes in the Galloway
hills. It is linear - you come back the same way you went up. The red
route is a circular route based on the tourist route. The parking for
these routes is now much nearer to the A75 than as shown in the map above,
but it is well signposted and there is much more parking space in this
new car park dedicated to walkers.
The blue route is linear and comes in from the Clints
of Dromore. The yellow route is circular and again starts from the
Clints of Dromore but goes up by Loch Grannoch, Craigronald and Meikle
Mulltaggart onto Cairnsmore.
The purple route is linear and starts from Dunkitterick
Cottage where Alexander
Murray was born in 1775 (the shepherd's son who became professor of
Oriental Languages at Edinburgh University). The green route is also linear
and starts from the obelisk monument
to Murray and goes up over Craignelder. Again there is a web gallery
of extra pictures
for these routes.