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Name:Blackcraig Hill
Hill number:1743
Height:700.9m / 2300ft
RHB Section:27C: The Glenkens to Annandale
Donald area:Carsphairn Hills
County/UA:East Ayrshire (UA)
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Simm, Graham, Donald,
Current County/UA Top, Yeaman
Grid ref:NS 64767 06407
Summit feature:cairn
Col:465m  NX608982  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 71 77
(1:25k) 328S
Observations:trig point 50m NW at NS 64741 06451 is 0.4m lower
Survey:Leica RX1250
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  • East Ayrshire current county/UA top

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Parked at entrance to Blackcraig Farm (8:20) and followed track almost to col and then to ridge where occasionally boggy path led along fence to summit. Clear with fair views. Returned via col. Negotiated small herd of cows, fortunately timid, near farm. Finish 10:45dbb30/07/2019
fa, solo, sunny and breeze on the tops, wet underfoot on the hills, with some land rover tracks, 25.5km, 9hr from clennoch bothy to new cumnock via, tracks, hillside to keoch rig with a new mast on its top, past the putting stone to windy standard along the wind farm tracks, down to a col and along a fence then up to Alhang, alwhat , meikledodd hill, then across a new track not marked on the maps or viewranger, blacklorg hill, blackcraig hill and down to quintin knowe to pick up the track down to blackcraig farm, then the minor road all the way to the train station in new cumnockrum doodle 07/06/2019
Solo trip. Rather a bleak morning with mist and a chilly breeze.Invicta1424/05/2019
from Windy Standard via ring of Donalds.IanHHill19/05/2019
Parked on hardstanding alongside the Blackcraig track, about 50m from its junction with minor road (space for 2 or 3 cars) - As others, up stone track & then path/ATV track to fenceline - Path up alongside fence to small pool at around 670070 - Veered off to right, skirting a large boggy area before heading up to large cairn - SSE for about 60m to narrow gateway in barbed wire fence & then across to summit cairn & nearby trig point. (S)gerrybowes16/05/2019
Solo. Parked just south of start of track to Blackcraig. Up to Quintin Knowe for a satisfying circuit of Blackcraig Hill, Blacklorg Hill, Meikledodd Hill, Cannoch Hill and Craigbranreoh Hill. Mist lifted off the tops as I started so I could see where I was going- always nice! Rain towards the end.pwbellarby28/04/2019
Start Blackcraig Farm, with Chris,Andrew and Esther the dog.Hutchie27/04/2019
From Glen Afton up track and excellent path to Quintin Knowe then easy going to the summit of Blackcraig Hill. Returned across Star Bog (not too bad) and on up access road to Hare Hill. Came back over Laglass Hill (easier going) and down track to car. Cracking day.SS22/04/2019
Easy walk up from Blackcraig farm.willyross17/04/2019
Parked just down the road from entrance to Blackcraig Farm, up tourist route via Quintin cairn and then onto Windy Standard via assorted Donalds.MichaelF27/03/2019
From Blackcraig, path up to Quintin Knowe then NNE ridge. Back by more direct route.Topographer5728/10/2018
Round of Windy Standard, Alhang, Alwhat, Meikledodd, Blacklorg and Blackcraig.PGCE24/09/2018
Climbed up via Blackcraig and the summit of Quinton Knowe from Afton Water - parking in small parking area near the end of the road. (the car park in woods is closed but there is area above river you can use). A gentle ascent, several cairns but the Trig point is your objective.nickywood119/08/2018
Up from New Cumnock, down to Kirkconnelquadbarrel13/06/2018
Glorious conditions with delightful hard snow fieldsColin Crawford25/02/2018
Parked at Craigdarroch Farm walked to Blackcraig farm crossed river and headed uphill to Blackcraig summitFlyingrabbit11/11/2017
The hardest of the five. Awful descent back to the car a t the Hydro scheme. It's great to see so many wind turbines employing so many people.Play2End09/08/2017
Blackcraig Hill is lovely, but Glen Afton is becoming an industrial wasteland, being sacrificed for our insatiable “need” for electric power. Climb this hill now before it, too, becomes a wind farm. The full circuit of the Glen is not a good idea anymore, because Black Hill and Lamb Hill are vile construction sites. The Afton reservoir car park is closed and there are few other parking places due to roadworks. I parked near Blackcraig, followed the road and then an unmapped forestry track from Craigdarroch towards Cannock Hill. Only the last short climb to the fence is grim tussocks, and the non-opening gate has to be climbed. After that, it’s an easy walk on a good path over Cannock, Blacklorgs and Blackcraig Hills, with only modest amounts of squelchy bog. The Blackcraig summit plateau is lovely, with multiple cairns and the trig (not the highest point) and the views would be superb if it were not for the wind farm to the north. Down on the good path to Blackcraig.Gill16/02/2017
Revisit on the way to Dunrig Head & Laglass Hill.agentmancuso03/12/2016
Circuit of Afton reservoir.Grinner28/08/2016
On a round of the Afton Hills, Windy Standard to Blackcraig Hill. Disturbed a Red Kite which had been perched on one of the cairns. Took a very direct descent which ended at Craigdarroch Farm and with a paddle across the Afton Water.Roblex05/08/2016
Track from Blackcraig Farm to Quintin Knowe then path by fence to summit.Lionel Bidwell05/06/2016
Parking on rough track a few hundred metres south of Blackcraig Farm. Followed track uphill around farmhouse and wood. As it was a baking hot sunny day I crossed the Langlee Burn, and walked up Ern Cleuch to give Rona (dog) a chance to drink. At the waterfall (impasse) scrambled easily up left to the moor, across to ridge and summit which was my penultimate Scottish Council Top. First hill of 11 on clockwise circuit of Glen Afton.Minto05/06/2016
Parked on the minor road beyond the entrance to Blackcraig farm. Then up towards this farm beford diverting across a small bridge to use gate to get onto hill. Then north through some fields before taking a more direct route to Blackcraig Hill with 2 inches of snow on its northern side. Then onto Blacklorg Hill which was easy enough before returning by a route crossing the Craig Burn to join a track lower down to Craig Farm and then back to the minor road.Dugswell210/04/2016
From Afton water works.ngthack18/10/2015
Parked on the minor road just beyond the entrance to Blackcraig farm. Took just over two and a half hours return and surprisingly dry considering the recent wet weather. Solo.bolton12/08/2015
Standard route from Blackcraig Farm. Clag no view. Return via same routeGmacT14/04/2015
Last of three tops from south. A very early start, decent weather and no problems. At end, heading to top of Water of Ken valley found it easy to cut through a short section of forest to join forest track which runs a lot higher up than shown on map.dickscroop10/06/2014
round of 5 ND from craigdarroch.robertphillips30/01/2014
KHWC walk from Blackcraig farm up track to Quintin Knowe and R up ridge to BH; foul day - wet and windy; returned by uphill route reversed. First ascent was J and I on 18/02/2006, chasing Grahams on a much better day.jacobus07/12/2013
A round of 6 hills from Blackcraig Farm in 4.40h. Pushing it!Martin6606/08/2013
From Glen Afton, via Quintin Knoweneimcv09/08/2012
Blackcraig, Blacklorg, Meikledodd, Alwhat, Cranbreonachborderterrier15/04/2012
W Jenx frm Blackcraig farm, on old track to cairn on Quintin Knowe. Go to gate and follow fence to top, trig is highest point, many cairns. Bitter cold Jan day, good views. Down direct to farm avoiding crags to rightnordicstar02/01/2012
Climbed from Blackcraig Farm with my wife. Lovely sunny late September day.andy26/09/2011
From Blackcraig Farm and Quintin Knowe.Aye Jimmy22/07/2011
Up from filthy col with Blacklorg Hill and then down towards Blackcraig farm. Difficult to figure out which was the highest point in the mist. Cairns all over the place were more confusing than helpful on the descent.campagvelocet01/06/2011
Horseshoe including Blackcraig Hill, Blacklorg Hill, Cannock Hilltcrannoch05/03/2011
round of windy standard and blackcraig hill.robertphillips31/12/2010
Climbed up after dropping down to boggy saddle from Blacklorg Hill.derekblackburn06/11/2010
Superb panorama from summit.Man of Kernow125/09/2010
Did as a round with Blacklorg Hill. Started from Craigderroch farm along to Afton reservoir and up round Cannock Hill. Easy path following fences thereafter. Easy walking but steep descent.Jimbob20/12/2008
Some sun, constant 35mph spindrift, good views.iangalbraith24/03/2008
Solo Uisdean2503/11/2007
Climbed with J from Blackcraig Farm in Glen Afton, W up path to turn R at Quintin Knowe; return S then NW to Craig Farm. Good weather. Second visit, 07/12/2013 with KHWC, up and down same route from/to Blackcraig Farm; a shockingly wet and stormy day.trienbrae18/02/2006
Another clear but cold Christmas Day Afton wander with Shaky. After walking the W & S hills the previous year, set off again from just short of Craigdarroch on lower track past the waterworks & the along an unmarked forestry track on E side of reservoir whichwe had spotted the previous year - a bit of a bonus. Headed up over Cannock Hill with views opening up & on to Blacklorg Hill summit. Carried on over Blackcraig Hill & from Quinton Knowe, followed the path leading down to Blackcraig farm. A brilliant Afton day out before the windfarms took over.NotReallyABagger25/12/2002
Across Afton Water around side of farm to access track steadily uphill to col after 2 miles. Bog. Wire fence led up to flattish top with rocky outcrops and tundra like surface. Detour around swamp to top at 11.45.arranc13/10/2001