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  • Dumfries & Galloway

One of the wildest places in southwest Scotland, but still surprisingly accessible, Cairnsmore is a paradise for walkers. There are wide-ranging views and a patchwork of muted colours from the low-growing vegetation that ekes out its living here. Watch out for peregrine falcon, red and black grouse, red deer and feral goats.

Directions

Road Directions

From Newton Stewart, take the A75 south to Palnure. Take the first left after Palnure Burn Bridge to cross the Graddoch Burn then follow the signs to the car park.

From Creetown, take the B796 for 7 miles to Dromore Farm (turning onto the minor road after Gatehouse Station) where parking is available.

From Gatehouse of Fleet, take the B796 to the former Gatehouse Station and after 6 miles turn right at the T junction.

Public Transport Directions

By Public Transport: The nearest bus stops are at Palnure (0.9 miles), Creetown (5.1 miles) and Gatehouse of Fleet (5.7 miles) on the Newton Stewart - Gatehouse of Fleet route.

By Bike: The Glen Trool to Gatehouse section of NCN Route 7 (Glasgow - Carlisle) passes the reserve. To take the summit path, leave the route on the Palnure side of the Graddoch Burn then follow the signs to the car park at Cairnsmore. Alternatively, leave the route at Gatehouse Station and follow the track to Dromore Farm. Bike racks are available at Dromore Farm.

On Foot: The Bargrennan to Craigenbay (Clatteringshaws) section of the Southern Upland Way (Portpatrick - Cockburnspath) passes nearby the Reserve.

Facilities

Parking
Accessible parking or drop-off point
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