Name:Blackcraig Hill
Hill number:1743
Height:700.9m / 2300ft
SMC/RHB Section:27C: The Glenkens to Annandale
Donald area:Carsphairn Hills
County/UA:East Ayrshire
Topographical area:SS03 Carsphairn-criffel
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Simm, Graham, Donald,
Current County/UA Top, Yeaman
Grid ref:NS 64767 06407
Summit feature:cairn
Col:466m  NX608981  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 71 77
(1:25k) 328S
Observations:trig point 50m NW at NS 64741 06451 is 0.4m lower
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  • East Ayrshire current county/UA top


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Parked besides the bridge to Blackcraig and followed stone track to Quintin Knowe. From here on in it is a mix of grassy paths and ATV routes over Blackcraig Hill, Blacklorg Hill, Meikledodd Hill, Alwhat and Alhang. We then returned via Cannock Hill and Craigbraneoch Hill, dropping down to the track to the houses at Craigdarroch and along the road back to the car. Great walk. 5 hours.summitter12/07/2024
Blackcraig Hill - Blacklorg Hill - Meikledodd Hill - Alwhat - Alhang - Keoch Rig - Moorbrook Hill (both tops) - Dugland - Windy Standard - Millaneoch Hill - Wedder Hill - Black Hill. 21 miles.Gary Heath19/04/2024
From Glen Afton. Round of Alhang,Alwhat, Miekledodd, Blacklorg, Blackcraig. 5hrs.Longwojo01/09/2023
Circuit from the Afton Rsvr CP of Blackcraig, Blacklorg & Cannock Hills and Craigbraneoch Rig.sclater06/08/2023
Dun Rig Head, Blackcraig Hillkeithouk19/06/2023
To save time I decided on a direct approach. Loads of space to park at houses 100m beyond Craigdarroch. Walked over the bridge, past Craig, then left across the field and easily over the stream. Rough going up to about 500m, not too bad after that. Returned taking a slightly more northerly line which was quite a bit better and then between the river and Craig, then to the track and back over the bridge. Definitely saved time compared to starting from Blackcraig but not a lot of fun.Owen B09/04/2023
Bridge by Blackcraig Farm > Quintin Knowe > Blackcraig Hill > Blacklorg Hill > Cannock Hill > Craigbraneoch Hill > Craig > Bridge by Blackcraig Farm.Winterfloodian19/09/2022
Parked off road, just south of the track to Blackcraig. Track up to Quintin Knowe then across to fence and up to summit. With Jill.Dangerous Dave25/08/2022
First top on round of Grahams/Donald's around Afton Reservoir used the track up from Blackcraig Farm. Early summit at 6.30am.Jossker14/05/2022
From Blackcraig Farm for a round of Blackcraig Hill, Blacklorg Hill, Meikledodd Hill, Alwhat, Alhang, Windy Standard, Black Hill and Struther's Brae.rhalstead17/04/2022
CK SheilaS28/12/2021
From Blackcraig Farm parking just into farm track before bridge (NS 6313 0802), small pull-in for 2-3 cars, unsure if it's designed for walkers, no signage. Took good track up past farm to Quintin Knowe, then a trod alongside fence to top... easy route for a lazy bagger - Merry Clints looked much more interesting. On to Dun Rig Head -> Laglass Hill -> Lochbrowan Hill and return for a 10 mile round; lots of wet heathery, tussocky ground between those hills.jonglew18/12/2021
Up from Craigdarroch and back via Blackcraig, smashing sunset with a dusting of snow first of winter.JimT28/11/2021
From Blackcraig farm. Fairly easy climb to top in thick cloud. After I reached the top I descended to swamp hell as I approached the Donald Blacklorg Hill. After which things got really exciting in the thick grey cauldron. Leave to a dry clear day is my advice.Jhimmy17/10/2021
Up from Blackcraig on good track to Quinton Knowe, then across to fence which went to top. Trig then HP. Carried on over tops to Windy Standard,PeterD12/10/2021
As logged by Beeliner - but no snow.m0jla20/09/2021
8 of 8: From Blacklorg Hill using the SMC book route. M.O.T. noted. With Karen.ChrisR02/09/2021
Weather fair.MountainMac30/05/2021
Round of six Donalds from Glen Afton - Blackcraig, Blacklorg, Meikledodd, Alwhat, Alhang, Windy Standard - back using wind farm tracksColin Crawford22/05/2021
I headed down to East Ayrshire today, aiming for the four Donalds around the Afton Reservoir, south of New Cummock. Parking at Blackcraig Farm (about 3km north of the dam), I headed up the track to Quintin Knowe and up a boggy ATV track to Blackcraig Hill (700m) a Graham and Donald. Then in a clockwise motion around the Afton Reservoir, following boggy ATV tracks, I bagged the Donald of Blacklorg Hill (681m), two Donald Tops of Meikledodd Hill (643m) & Alwaht (628m) and ending on the Donald of Alhang (642m). The plan had been to head west for Windy Standard, a Graham and Donald, but I was tired and didn’t fancy the descent then re-ascent required, so I followed the Afton Water north to the Reservoir. At the north end of the reservoir, I bumped into the farmer, who gave me a lift back down the glen to my car, saving me approx. 3km of a hike. It was generally dry all day, with small patches of snow already lying. With the farmer’s assistance this took 05:55hrs all in.chillyman805/05/2021
With E on a cold day with occasional snow showers. Small parking area on W side of Afton Water below Blackcraig Farm. Up well maintained track above Langlee Burn to Quintin Knowe. Then along fence through snowdrifts, over one stile to summit cairn then trig pillar. Return same route.Beeliner05/05/2021
Windy Standard Round 11. 34.5km, 1834km ascent, 10.5hrs. One to forgetHuwel27/02/2021
Cold wind. Headed back after this one.thekirkie pirate12/09/2020
Returned to Afton Valley two days after climbing Windy Standard. Parking by track to Blackcraig Farm at NS631080. After farm we soon reached a roughly graded track almost to Quintin Knowe. Then followed Fence up to cairn. Continued over stile to trig point on plateau. Operated ham radio for SOTA on summit using HF Morse / Voice.G4OBK (Phil)08/09/2020
Glen Afton round with Rob, Rosie and Lily. Followed the SMC guidebook route. Lovely part sun, part cloud warm day with a cooling breeze.alexmaclennan16/08/2020
Started from the small pull in at the start of the entrance to Blackcraig farm, follow right of way to Quintin Knowe and a little further past until a gate is reached then follow fence uphill till a obvious crossing is reached, hop over fence and head straight forward to the trig and then left to the summit. Two and a half hours for the five and half miles.WAYNE ROWLETT23/12/2019
9th top of 11 on a 29km circuit from the Glen Afton road, climbing Craigbraneoch, Cannock Hill, Alwhat, Alhang (twice) Ewe Hill North top, Ewe Hill, Meikle Dodd Hill and Blacklorg, continuing along fenceline Nnw to the cairn and then Trig point. Continuation Nne to Hare Hill...Dazingdale23/09/2019
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
Afton Res, roundFlatfield04/09/2016
Circuit of Afton reservoir.Grinner28/08/2016