Name:Cairn Pat
Hill number:1737
Height:182m / 597ft
SMC/RHB Section:27B: Carrick and Galloway
County/UA:Dumfries and Galloway
Topographical area:SS05 Beneraird-cairn
Catchment:Luce, Catchment Boundaries
Watershed:Mull of Galloway to St Abb's Head
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Tump (100-199m), Yeaman
Grid ref:NX 04433 56351
Summit feature:ground 1m NE of trig point
Col:19m  NX081578  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 82
(1:25k) 309N
Survey:obvious summit
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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 220 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
Had a look at parking by the reservoir but didn't fancy it, too narrow, too wet off road, too many gates, so went back down and parked by the gravel heaps west of the track entrance. Uneventful plod to the summit, no cows.Owen B29/03/2024
Sunny morning after a wet and windy night. Parked on lane opposite and walked up reservoir track and onwards to top. Good views, though cloud base on the big mountains ENE still about 1500 ft.pwheeler19/03/2024
With B and Rjenx11/09/2023
Squeezed car onto muddy verge. Up concreted track, which deteriorated into,stony muddy. Electric fence in action. No cows to be seen. One brown hare , phesant and a falcon of some kind. Back to,vehicle before it rained. No views. Low,cloudVerySlowPlodder13/03/2023
Parked NX0438755353. Up muddy track signposted as footpath to Cairn Pat.PeteF26/10/2022
On signposted track from the A77.Winterfloodian22/06/2022
When I saw concrete track up to reservoir, thought there might be a bonus drive up all the way to the radio mast and summit. Unfortunately it finished at the reservoir with no hardstanding for parking or turning, so had to reverse the 200m back to the A77. Straight forward walk up concrete service road to reservoir and nosey cows, then on up atv track to radio mast, albeit muddy in places. Visited high point at trigpoint and wandered to various other candidates, then returned by same route. Magnificent sunset over the Irish Sea.mntainman07/11/2021
Parked on wide grass verge by reservoir at NX 0450 5565 - Up mast service track to summit by trig point. Good view looking down on Stranraer & Loch Ryan. (S)gerrybowes20/09/2021
Left Kate in car at the end of the road and walked up the track for 15 min to the summit. Not a cow to be seen. Lovely sunny day.dbb18/05/2021
Parked by reservoir then up track with A&C to trig and HP. Good views.PeterD03/09/2020
Drove up road to mast until gate on good road. Walked to trig on wet track. Views restricted by weather. Back at car in 17 minsCoinneach27/08/2020
Good track up, plenty of inquisitive cows.summitter09/07/2020
Parked at the reservoir on the mast road. Excellent views. Then down to Stranraer. Very busy. World coastal rowing championships. Sunburn later on the ferry.ChrisR07/07/2019
A Drive by tick. Frisky bullocks and happy heifers not a problem.mindlessflogger21/06/2019
Drove some way up gravel track and walked on.m0jla13/05/2019
Drove up to reservoir then gentle leg stretch to summit (its probably drivable - certainly would have been in my high clearance job). As with my six hundredth in the morning, saw not a damn thing!SS24/02/2019
With Brian R. Drove half way up from the main road. Nice and easy.Play2End22/07/2018
Early morning walk up from locked gate at NX045556. Operated ham radio for SOTA from summmit. Lovely views out to the Isle of Man.G4OBK (Phil)30/06/2018
Grumpy and Jeanie's 1000th Scottish Marilyn and a very special one for us. A gloriously sunny day for this walk.grumpy29/06/2018
As others. Up access road. Parked up and walked the last 400 yds or so. Great views 360 degrees.Longwojo04/06/2018
Drove up mast access track to locked gate. Trig pillar at HP. With AC and TJ.jonglew25/03/2018
Pleasantly surprised with how nice the view was from this masted hilltop.Alex C25/03/2018
Drove up to the gate on the track, and then a very easy stroll to the top. Nice views, even if the hill is a bit of a cow pat.Gill23/03/2018
Drover partially up the mast road to gates and parked. Trig outwith mast compound. Met the farmer on the descent and had a good craic.NormanW23/03/2018
on track from the south..after leisurely hour and a half in Portpatrick wandering round the harbour and having tea delicious home made raisin scone and jam in Amelia and Matts cafe. Can't remember its namevegibagger26/09/2017
1/4 Marilyn. From service track/road. Short stretch of legs after the drive, great views.N.Morters08/07/2017
Great wee hillcurlebd16/04/2017
Arrived in twilight after long delays due to major road works in Cairnryan. Drove a short distance north from A77 as far as a gate, then continued on a rough track to trig point behind mast. Another fine viewpoint.Topographer5724/11/2016
Parked adjacent to A77 - on the old road, west of track to summit. Easy walk to summit. Retuned by same route.raffemeister18/09/2016
A short walk to summit with Geoff 2M0NON & we qualified on 145-fm before catching Ferry to NI. Great views of Cairnryan port. IG4OOE01/09/2016
Drive up mast road to locked gate. Paring for 2/3 cars there. Short stroll to summit, hot, sunny and good views. Mad cows, but repelled by clapping your hands and shouting at them.iangalbraith05/06/2016
Parked up the service road between the gates. Easy 25 minute walk to the summit and back. Threatening cattle so you need to look menacing. With GM.bolton03/06/2016
Drove up mast road, short stroll to summit.AndrewFinnimore03/06/2016
Parked on the A77 verge, walked up the farm track. Good views including Ailsa Craig, Arran, Ireland, Isle of Man.borderterrier15/02/2016
Weather fair.MountainMac15/02/2016
Parked at bottom of mast road, within 25 mins back at car after touching trig. Rain lashing down with added bonus of a wind. Drenched. Company: Jake Black Lab who waited patiently tied to a padlocked gate whilst I ran up and hugged the trig. Views nothing.iandesbottes21/01/2016
My 4th hill of 8 today on a circular Hill-bagging adventure from Portpatrick but my First ever Scottish Marilyn. Hills climbed commenced with Craigbouie Fell, Killantrigan Fell and Craigenlee Fell, taking a bearing to follow a fenceline to Knockarod where I met with the old Military road at NW032 565. I climbed over a stile on the track upto Challock hill and followed the Pinminnoch burn to where another stream feeds into it and then I followed this South East veering off occasionally to avoid boggy ground. Many fences to climb! I eventually arrived at the start of the steeper ground leading to the summit plateau. A short pull up and I was by the trig. Conditions were misty with rain coming in but I could still sense the views would be far-reaching. Descent was via the track heading South that eventually joins the A77.Dazingdale05/05/2015
Cycled up the track to the logged gates and walked the last half mile.Walker Dan18/04/2015
A77 track to summit great views.robertphillips18/10/2014
Solo trip. Beware cattle!Invicta1427/06/2014
Standard routetim74715/03/2014
Parked by small reservoir on access lane. Pleasant stroll to summit, Ailsa Craig & Arran in view to north. Just a few gates to climb.citygent10/09/2013
Easy walk from road, and wide views for such a modest summitneimcv28/08/2013
Solo.Dangerous Dave27/08/2013
w Jenx, parked on approach track next to water cistern. short stroll to summit on dreek, sleety day, just under cloud at 180m! Fine trig and aerial paraphernalia.nordicstar16/03/2013
Dropped off at track to Cairn Pat farm and took A77 west to start of ascent track, which appears to be a public path (despite sealed gates). Very windy.Man of Kernow121/01/2012
Parked at 046 552 just off minor road inside gate following advice from friendly local. Easy bag, start of a scorcher of a day.mattmcv30/07/2011