Cairnsmore of Fleet


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Reference WMO215109

Address:

The Summit

Cairnsmore of Fleet

Newton Stewart, Dumfries and Galloway

Scotland

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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Within a garden/park/churchyard/enclosure/Marketplace
Description: Board/Plaque/ Tablet
Materials:
  • Metal Metal (any)
Lettering: Inscribed on a plaque
Conflicts:
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
About the memorial: There is a fairly new car park for this hill; to reach it turn off the A75 at Muirfad just south of Palnure. The road bends sharp left to cross the Graddoch burn bridge, and the new parking area is a short distance further on the right hand side. Begin by heading to the far end of the parking lane and turning left onto surfaced track towards Cairnsmore House. Keep right when it forks to pass to the right of the Walled Garden, then take a signed path on the right before reaching the buildings. When this meets a track at the edge of the woods turn left along it; it leads past the original car park behind Cairnsmore.After passing through a gate in a wall bear right diagonally across a grassy field, passing through another gate and some mixed woodland before reaching a felled area. Beyond this the path reaches dense forestry plantations and climbs up amongst the trees, making use of a firebreak. Keep straight on through the trees, ignoring any tracks and paths off to the sides and passing a granite seat; the path is clear. At the top end of the plantation the open moorland is reached and the views begin to open up at last. The path reaches a broad ridge; further on it crosses a fence as it begins the ascent of a steeper shoulder. The gradient is eased by several well-made zig-zags. The views back over the Cree estuary are now superb. The ascent begins to ease once more as the path heads up onto the summit plateau and curves round towards the top. The summit is marked by a trig point, an ancient cairn, and a memorial to airmen who have lost their lives in the nine airplanes which have crashed into the Cairnsmore. The memorial is a plaque fixed to a rock.
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