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Name:Cairn Table
Hill number:1774
Height:593m / 1946ft
RHB Section:27C: The Glenkens to Annandale
County/UA:East Ayrshire (UA), South Lanarkshire (UA)
Catchment:Ayr, Catchment Boundaries, Clyde
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Dodd (500-599m), Donald Dewey, Yeaman
(Ma,Hu,Tu,5,DDew,Y)
Grid ref:NS 72431 24224
Summit feature:trig point
Drop:320m
Col:273m  NS850224  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 71
(1:25k) 328N
Observations:cairn 40m E at NS 72468 24224 may be as high
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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 177 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
From the walkers CP at Kames. V windy.summitsup15/08/2019
Got a wee bit lost but worth it. First hillkathrynbryce18/05/2019
Car park in Kames at 696265. Given the recent dry weather, a pleasant climb up well-used track to the trig point, impressive cairn (not the one shown in summit photo) & toposcope. Continued to Little Cairn Table. (S)gerrybowes14/05/2019
From the 'Walkers' Car Park' in Kames (next to the ornate tower). Directly uphill, S, from the rear of the car park - information board says to follow the red colour coded marker posts for Cairn Table - there are short marker posts, but they're not coloured. Duck boards and stepping stones across the lower boggy parts. Some soft peat beds half way up between eroded stony sections (if every visitor carried down a couple of the loose rocks and dropped them in, the remaining boggy bits would soon be resolved). Unfortunately, the lower rampart of the summit cairn is beginning to collapse due to persons climbing up it.Isbjorn24/03/2019
Took the boggy direct route from Kames - grim but worth the climb for the summit cairns.Chris Peart26/03/2018
Followed the circular red route anti-clockwise: no actual red waymarks, but the route is obvious on the ground if you take a photo of the notice board. Bogs not a problem today as everything is frozen solid.PGCE24/02/2018
Boggy bogs, but nonetheless a pleasant hill.Gebirgsjaeger11/11/2017
Easy up/down path, mostly dry for a change, from car park.AndrewFinnimore07/05/2017
With GHC. Awful weather and poor conditions underfoot. The path back to Muirkirk was a sodden affair with many crazy detours to travel a few meters.Play2End15/01/2017
From Kames back via little table. Great sunny winter day if a little breezycjo01/01/2017
Climbed as part of the Cairn Table Hill Racequadbarrel20/07/2016
Short walk from Muirkirk up the obvious path. Dry and sunnyN.Morters04/06/2016
First time in Muirkirk when it hasn't been pouring down. It looked slightly less like a suburb of Warsaw today, but not by much. Parked at Kames for a lovely walk up to an interesting summit. Only a couple of boggy patches today. Thought at one stage walking shoes might have been ideal but glad I put the boots on. Another YSM ticked,Walker Dan14/05/2016
From S of Muirkirk, good parking at Kames. Head out the CP taking the Left fork, not obvious, then direct across what looks like a disused marshalling yard, quarry pits and then a bog to reach hill path, got the little cairn on a circular return.nordicstar30/08/2015
overcast and sunny, dry, mild, windy on top, good views.iangalbraith27/08/2015
From the hill walkers car park SW of Muirkirk, home of tarmacadum. Followed the obvious path through the remains of the coal and iron works to the fine summit cairns. Wet and misting when we did it, but an enjoyable break in the journey to the highlands.mindlessflogger22/05/2015
A boggy ascent from the carpark at Kames to the NW. Then to Stony and Wardlaw Hills.Alan Moore16/04/2015
With Fiona, down to west.agentmancuso23/07/2014
Muirkirk-Wardlaw Hill-Stony Hill-Cairn Table-Muirkirkcampagvelocet17/07/2014
in the afternoon after middlefield law from kames on good path.robertphillips30/05/2014
Solo ascent from Kames Walkers carpark. Easy walk along the sometimes boggy, sometimes stony heavily used track to trig point and cairn. Windy, overcast, dry. 1 1/4 hoursalexmaclennan05/05/2014
Start: Kames. Notes: Followed path to top and returned via same routeraffemeister22/06/2013
From Kames car park, where a map shows some new paths not shown on OS maps. Watched summit fog clear while descending.Topographer5726/01/2013
MC JC OMartin6606/10/2012
With Louise, down to West.agentmancuso05/08/2011
From village of Kames. Boggy lower down, OK higher up. Lot of new graffiti on trig, and even on memorial.Aye Jimmy22/07/2011
Climbed up from walkers car park in Muirkirk.derekblackburn29/05/2011
Solo Uisdean2522/01/2011
A birthday walk in the snow - my most recent trip to Cairn Table. It featured at the end of the West Lowland Hike every year though... no idea how many times I've climbed it in total!killiedaft08/01/2011
Light solo hillwalk/run from Muirkirk. Took in Stony Hill as well.marktrengove31/10/2010
With Alexander, down middle path.agentmancuso17/10/2010
From Kaimes, down middle path.ZanderH17/10/2010
Up from Kaimes, down to westagentmancuso19/09/2009
With Fiona, down to westagentmancuso13/09/2009
Revisit. Fine rocky summit, big pointed cairn; also a big ancient cairn approx level with summit. Well defined track from Kames (car park), boggy in places. Continued to Little Cairn Table (tussocky), then failed to find mapped track SW until much lower down.RHW05/09/2009
On to Stony Hill & Wardlawagentmancuso26/05/2008
Walked in from Muirkirk, breaking journey south. A pleasant walk and good views from the summit.JohnW01/07/2007
Cool spring like day from Kames.Dugswell223/03/2006
From Kames. Well signed path through spoil heaps on duck boards and to top at 15.25. OS 1999 tag on column 1562.arranc13/10/2001
Up and down the track from Muirkirk.Eddie30/09/2000
Date is first visit. Notes from later...pleasant +/- boggy climb, fine summit, well s/p S from summit. SE from Kames (Muirkirk) @ 697264, follow white posts & red markers then path to summit RHW13/11/1999
From Kaimes, back down over Little Cairn Table, rough at the bottom. With Fionaagentmancuso03/08/1994
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duchally18/12/2017
Dave Geere14/11/2017
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