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Cairnsmore of Carsphairn
Highest point
Elevation 797 m (2,615 ft)
Prominence 582 m (1,909 ft)
Listing Ma,Hu,Tu,Sim, C, D,DN,Y,P500
English translation Scottish Gaelic: Big Hill of Carsphairn
Location Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland
Parent range Carsphairn and Scaur Hills, Southern Uplands
OS grid NX 59441 97999
Topo map OS Landranger 77

Cairnsmore of Carsphairn is a hill in the Carsphairn and Scaur Hills range, part of the Southern Uplands of Scotland. An alternative name, rarely used nowadays, is Cairnsmore of Deugh. It is the highest hill in the range, and its summit is just under 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) north-east of Carsphairn village as the crow flies, in the far north of Kirkcudbrightshire.


The usual route of ascent is from the A713 road to the west at the "Green Well of Scotland" a mile north of Carsphairn. Despite its height, 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 to the Rhinns of Kells in the Galloway Hills.


Because of the local geology, no good rock climbing has been recorded on the massif. However, in winter there are a number of short ice climbs of up to 150 metres (490 ft) on the slopes of Beninner and Moorbrock Hill.

Subsidiary SMC Summits

Summit Height (m) Listing
Beninner 710 Tu,Sim,DT,GT,DN
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