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Name:East Cairn Hill
Hill number:1809
Height:567m / 1860ft
RHB Section:28A: Firth of Forth to the River Tweed
County/UA:Scottish Borders (UA), Edinburgh (UA)
Catchment:Triples, Catchment Boundaries, Esk (Musselburgh), Forth, Tweed
Watershed:Firth of Forth, Mull of Galloway to St Abb's Head, Tweedmouth
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Dodd (500-599m), Donald Dewey, Current County/UA Top,
Grid ref:NT 12808 59315
Summit feature:no feature 10m E of small cairn
Col:398m  NT143598  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 65 72
(1:25k) 344
Survey:Abney level
GPS data:show GPS entries for this hill
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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 262 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
With Iain - 'Run' from West Linton to Silverburn via W/E Cairn Hills, W/E Kips and Scald Law.iangpark28/08/2019
With Iain - sunny then a bit galey and wet near the summit but the rain didn't last. Visited the shelter cairn twice along with summit once, a good viewpoint but a very boggy walk from Harperrig.Chris Mac17/08/2019
A nice walk from Baddinsgill to the top of the drove road at Cauldstane Slap, then along the N side of the fence on a good path to the summit plateau. Wandered around the summit area to be sure of the bag. Then on to Wether Law, the Mount and Mount Maw, and easily down the W ridge. Best to stay high and go through the gates into the forestry because the bridge below the reservoir has gone and the path along the river is barred to walkers, meaning you have to go uphill quite steeply to regain the high path.Gill06/07/2019
Circuit from Baddinsgill Farm with return via Thieves RoadRobB19/06/2019
Anti clockwise loop from golf club taking in Mount Maw, The Mount, Wether Law, East Cairn Hill, West Cairn Hill, Craigengar (tough going) and Byrehope Mount. Glorious day.SS19/04/2019
From Little Vantage CP with F, who returned to the large cairn while I went on to examine south top.agentmancuso23/03/2019
Parked on grass verge 30m S. of cattle grid at 126546. The 4th of 7 Donald Deweys on a clockwise circuit of Baddingsgill Reservoir, staring with Byrehope Mount & finishing on Mount Maw. From West Cairn Hill, down left side of wall to col; perhaps better down right side as no wall to cross - From col, well-used path along fence line to unmarked summit. Continued to Wether Law. (S)gerrybowes14/02/2019
Wonderful snowy walk. Challenging. Deep soft snow in heather.Paths poor higher up. Windy with snow flurries and windy. With Jack. 6 hoursLangbank 03/02/2019
From Baddinsgill Fm, parked right at end of the public road. Byrehope - Muckle Knock - West Cairn - East Cairn - Wether - The Mount - GraonHeads - Mount Maw. Nice 17k horseshoe walk on surprisingly good ground, lots of quad tracks and human/animal trods.jonglew28/10/2018
Solo. From Little Vantage. Plus both 561m tops.Dangerous Dave31/07/2018
Parked at Baddinsgill And followed old drove road to Cauldstane slap the over the stile and sharp right up steep path - at times more like stairs than a path. At top took a left turn out to the North top with hollowed outward and great views over the Lothian Plain. retraced steps to a small cairn then straight on to featureless summit. On to Wether Law via Eastcairn South topJubilado12/07/2018
From Baddingsgill.Chris Peart23/06/2018
From Baddinsgill via West Cairn Hill with C. Also visted easterly Cairn.PeterD23/05/2018
Solo trip, beautiful weather. From Little Vantage car park. Commendable efforts to improve the track with drainage ditches and wee footbridges. A Direct path up to the cairn from NT11555945.Invicta1412/05/2018
From Baddinsgill. West Cairn Hill, East Cairn Hill, Wether Law, The Mount, Grain Heads, Mount Maw & back to Baddinsgill. 1/8 cloud, lt airs, vg vis, -9C, frozen ground. With PM.CJM10/12/2017
Along Cauldstane Slap with CM from West Cairn. Great views east to the Forth and Pentland Hills. With CM.bolton10/12/2017
From Badingsgill. With West Cairn hill. Cloudy and overcast.Roblex04/12/2017
From West Linton golfclub doing a anti-clockwise circuit of the fells starting with Mount Maw and ending on Mendick Hill. Surprisingly few paths.Alan Moore29/11/2017
No obvious summit but loads of bog to try and avoid along the drovers path from the A70. I suggest visiting after a week or two of drought!summitter22/10/2017
Day trip from Stonehaven, chasing good weather. Much fog on road journey but nice sunny weather in the Pentland Hills. Solo. From Baddinsgill along Thieves Road (old drove road) to Cauldstane Slap. Then up “path” beside fence to 561m top of East Cairn Hill. An ancient cairn there and good views too. To highest point of East Cairn Hill – an ill -defined summit and rather unworthy as the highest point of Edinburgh City Council area. Returned same way apart from leaving out deviation to 561m top.pwbellarby26/09/2017
A soggy day from Baddinsgill Farm.Gebirgsjaeger02/07/2017
Initial ascent on roadway leading to farm track, past a picturesque reservoir then along a muddy track and through woodland onto a steady climate across heathland. Weather turned midway up with strong winds and driving rain.Simon110021/02/2017
Parked in Carlops Quarry car park (NT 16124 55890.Took way-marked path opposite to Fairliehope, on to North Esk Cottage, east of North Esk Reservoir until wall up east ridge north cutting through small plantation. Followed wall all way up east ridge to summit area. Featurless heather summit hardly worthy of being of being Edinburgh Unitary Authority High Point. Too windy and wet to go on to West Cairn Hill. Descended via Wether Law and The Mount before returning to way-marked path near North Esk Cottage. Again too windy and wet to go on to Grain Heads and Mount Maw.SteveSmith21/02/2017
On cold, still, overcast day from Little Vantage, out and back. Recovered car key. Rounsfell09/02/2017
Started at Little Vantage Car park. Had been a hard frost so the ground was not too boggy on this day. Beautiful cloud free daythomnorton26/01/2017
Circuit from Thieves Road Baddingsgill Farm, over West Cairn, finishing on Mount Maw. Cloudberries everywhere!N.Morters16/07/2016
Went back to check summit location. No cairn seen near summit location which is on/beside the path.duchally30/06/2016
From small car park just off A70 at NT101628 (easy to miss as not signposted).Tony J06/06/2016
With Laura & Alanduchally04/06/2016
Parked Baddinsgill and along track then path and up to summit.AndrewFinnimore25/04/2016
MC JC O. From the A70 via the Drover's road / right of way. Very frosty after a prolonged period of rain. Calm day but very cold westerly on top. Good views to Edinburgh and Ben Vorlich, Such a Chroin, Ben Lomond etc.Martin6613/12/2015
From the (secret) car park on the A70. Along the drove road to a withered post. Left, into the August heather, and uphill only to find a very good path which leaves the drove road about 100 yards beyond the withered post. This path is not obvious from the drove road unless you're looking for it.aul-fogie12/08/2015
Chilly conditions on summit, but pleasant circuitDavid Greaves02/05/2015
From good parking at Baddinsgill Farm. Up Thieves road and circuit of Muckle Knock, West cairn, East Cairn, Wether Law, The Mount, Grains Head and Mount Maw, back down crossing near dam to start. Soft but generally good going, some paths esp up on the Cairns.nordicstar28/02/2015
round of east cairn hill, west cairn hill and byrehope mount from baddinsgill farm, no views today.robertphillips25/02/2015
Anti clockwise circuit over West then East Cairn hill and finally west over the false summit with a huge summit circular shelter that would be a great protection from the wind in wild conditions. Excellent joyous path unmarked staright down the west end of hill, not on my 1:50k and all the way back with multi railway sleeper bridges over boggy bits, which I frustratingly failed to find in the walk in from 105611 only realising on my return that it was only 150m east of the dreadful bogtrot, tussocky, deep heathery toil I faced till I found it high near the Cauldstane Slap.vegibagger23/09/2014
From Carlops (8:20), walked up valley beyond Fairliehope then up ridge to The Mount. Rough. From Deer Hope col skirted Wether Law by fence & followed it up ridge to summit. Took ridge E to Bore Stane then path down valley past reservoir back to Carlops (12:15)dbb15/08/2014
Ascended along Thieve's Road from Badinsgill Farm. Returned via branch track to Lyne Water. With Lorraine.raffemeister26/04/2014
Muddy parking and start from Baddingsgill farm but good LR track up to the slap then follow the fence. Followed by W Cairn which was nicer. Wandered up Mendick hill in afternoon which was nicest of the 3. Once the snow showers eased it was a pleasant dayThearlaichdubh28/12/2013
Started from Baddinsgill Farm and followed The Old Drove Road to Cauldstane Slap.Lionel Bidwell27/02/2013
First of the day with GHC in misty snowy conditions. Track up from Carplops.Play2End13/01/2013
Left from Little Vantage car park and followed the path heading south east past the Harperrig Reservoir towards the Cauldstane Slab. Beautiful clear day, very cold. Low ground very wet and boggy with patches of hard ice - fell about half a dozen times - a lot more comfortable on the higher ground with good fresh snow. Good views from the summit. Returned via West Cairn Hill.Teuchter01/12/2012
Took the long route in, all the way from Caerketton Hill, and finished the day on W Cairn Hill. Was running out of daylight so I only bothered with the middle of the three high points. More snow than further east.campagvelocet01/02/2012
Fr Baddinsgill, light rain got heavier making for a miserable afternoon. Very soggy underfoot. Also visited the nearby large cairn, and West Cairn Hill.Aye Jimmy18/09/2011
From Baddinsgill, over Mount Maw, The Mount and Wether Law. Returned by the Thieves' Road.Arte Et Labore10/04/2011
need to confirm date, will be far outDanmawr03/04/2011
Climbed on a business trip to Edinburgh.Man of Kernow111/07/2010