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Name:Cairnsgarroch
Hill number:1705
Height:659m / 2162ft
Parent (Ma):1689  Corserine
RHB Section:27B: Carrick and Galloway
Donald area:Galloway Hills
County/UA:Dumfries and Galloway (UA)
Catchment:Dee (Kirkcudbright)
Class:Hump, Simm, Donald, Graham Top, Yeaman
(Hu,Tu,Sim,D,GT,DN,Y)
Grid ref:NX 51554 91353
Summit feature:embedded boulder 4m W of cairn
Drop:105m
Col:554m  NX507912  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 77
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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 156 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
The last of 5 Donalds on an anticlockwise circuit of the hills above Garryhorn, starting with Coran of Portmark. From Carlin's Cairn, headed back over Meaul & then followed path, faint in places, on right side of wall to the summit boulder and cairn. Descended NE ridge to gate at 528927 & then down ATV track to sheep fence across Garryhorn Burn. Used fence to cross burn & then followed wall to old lead mine; very rough terrain with a mixture of Grade 1 tussock, bog & ditches. Track back to car. (S)gerrybowes19/06/2019
7th hill of 10 today on a North to Mid-ridge Rhinns traverse climbing Cullendoch, Craigencolon, Black Craig, Knockower, Coran of Portmark and Bow and its X Donald tops, descending the ridge and then profiling around to the King's Well before descending along the wall whith lovely accompanying Wheatears to climb upto the Cairn and outcrops. I had my lunch here, trying to ration my water as I clearly had not taken enough. Descent and re-ascent to the ridge to climb upto Meaul...Dazingdale20/04/2019
From Great Well of Scotland along mine track past Garryhorn, then an anticlockwise circuit of Knockower, Black Craig, Corran of Portmark, Bow's three tops, Meaul and Cairnsgarroch. Rough going over the first two tops, then a glorious ridge walk looking over Loch Doon to the Awful Hand. I followed a pleasant grassy trod off the NE ridge of Cairnsgarroch, which led me to a man-eating tussock grass swamp at the foot of the ridge, and a tight-rope walk over a wooden weir pole to escape to the mine track.Nick Down130/03/2019
Continuation from Meaul down and up connecting spur to C summit for lunch and descended NE/NNE to rusty girders of old bridge at 524930 over Garryhorn Burn; clambered on wooden barrier suspended below girders. Then staggered close to dyke on its NW side over v difficult tussocks and holes to reach Lead mine; 30 minutes were taken to cover about 1 km. Walked back on track to Green Well. Rain threatened but came to nothing. First visit was also solo on 13/05/2015.jacobus22/10/2018
Finally a clear summit.. circuit from Garryhorn / Carlin’s CairnN.Morters06/08/2018
From cairlins cairn on way back to green well of scotlandcjo02/06/2018
From GWoS to lead mines then pretty much straight up Knockower. Back to col and atv track to Coran of Portmoak than along ridge in heat and strong winds to Meaul. Followed dyke to Cairnsgarroch then off east flank picking up atv at fence junction to ford at Garryhorn.SS27/05/2018
Round of 4 Donalds anticlockwise from Garryhorn. (See Coran of Portmark for details)AndrewFinnimore10/04/2018
Last of the day with Brian R. Rocky top now back to Lamloch via the ruins of the old lead mine.Play2End31/03/2018
Solo. Came over from Carlin's Cairn, traversing under Meaul. Descended easily down to Black Craig. Crossed burn on stones by old footbridge.Dangerous Dave08/08/2017
From the A713, including Corran of Portmark, Bow, Meaul and Cairnsgarroch. Warm, no wind.Roblex12/07/2017
Out and back from Meaul on way to Carlin's Cairnnickywood112/03/2017
Circuit from Green Well of Scotland.Grinner26/11/2016
Continuation of walk from Corserine. Retraced my steps north back over Carlin's Cairn and Meaul. Then descended steeply east to bealach and followed wall and fence up to summit. Then descended by north-east ridge to the marshes (dry that day), crossed Garryhorn Burn (would be tricky in spate) and worked my way up to leadmines to rejoin my outward route. Total of 26km, with 1240m of ascent. Solo.Man of Kernow103/06/2016
From Green Well.ngthack15/10/2015
From second visit to Meaul, down E to col then up to cairn for second phase lunch: weather cleared, rain jacket off. Descended NE past lower cairn, continued then veered N towards Garryhorn Burn: went too far N, missed indicated crossing point but found suitable steping stones on loop of burn: terrain was difficult humps and bog: reached wall running NE and followed it into Mine area, using atv and rejoining track back to Green Well: sun came out and windproof came off.trienbrae13/05/2015
round of 5 new donalds.robertphillips17/07/2014
See Meauldickscroop07/06/2014
selfdavidsbatty25/11/2013
Overcast, dry, cool, light wind, good views.iangalbraith20/05/2012
KeithByTheC05/05/2012
3rd hill of day. Continued N from Carlin's Cairn to skirt Meaul and head W to climb to top.derekblackburn12/06/2011
from Carlin's Cairn. Walkers' path due NE for over a mile, negotiate a drop over craggy heather and vile white tussock to cross a small stream directly down to mine buildings in view from time to time. Over more vile tussock, over a stream, both feet wet to outward track to road and car at 17.05. 8 hours.arranc27/04/2011
From Forrest Lodge to Meikle Millyea, then along the ridge to Meaul and Cairnsgarroch. A long walk with the final descent through tussocks to Garryhorn quite a slog. The bridge over the Garryhorn burn is no more.borderterrier10/10/2010
Solo Uisdean2504/09/2010
Coran of Portmark, Bow & Tops, Meaul, Carlin's Cairn, Cairnsgarroch from Green Well.agentmancuso26/09/2003
Bothied at the Sheil then up here. From there.hillgorilla01/01/1995
Afternon round of Northern Rhinns of Kells on the way home.Eddie23/09/1994
Ascended from the Green Well of Scotland.JohnW22/07/1993
With India.beorwulf07/05/1991
unsure of date. I organised a crossover walk with Dumfries GPs. Misty but we met and exchanged car keys midway on the Rhinns.alexmaclennan01/01/1990
Two-car south to north Rhinns traverse RHW25/03/1989
MC estMartin6601/04/1988
richtea504007/08/2019
Rambling Ray13/07/2019
Colin Crawford27/06/2019
Tony S21/05/2019
iainwalton04/01/2019
buggerlugs14/10/2018
LizH29/11/2017
PeterAH29/11/2017
Ralph25/09/2017
anne336625/09/2017
bertbarnett12316/09/2017
iangpark12/08/2017
weaselmaster03/06/2017
Sick Kid03/06/2017
Gavin Theobald17/04/2017
easers04/03/2017
needanewdog02/09/2016