Name:Cairn Table
Hill number:1774
Height:593m / 1946ft
RHB Section:27C: The Glenkens to Annandale
County/UA:East Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire
Catchment:Ayr, Catchment Boundaries, Clyde
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Dodd (500-599m), Donald Dewey, Yeaman
(Ma,Hu,Tu,5,DDew,Y)
Grid ref:NS 72431 24224
Summit feature:trig point
Drop:323m
Col:270m  NS 8510 2245  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 71
(1:25k) 328N
Observations:cairn 40m E at NS 72468 24224 may be as high
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From Kaimes, back down via Little Cairn Table, NW across the moor to the Crossflatt Burn then track from Longlandhead & River Ayr Way.agentmancuso02/05/2024
training run with Fraserdonmeister26/04/2024
From the car park at Kames. Very boggy in places lower down even with the boards. Good going on the path higher up although quite badly eroded. Lovely weather, good views at the top, could just make out the northern end of the Lake District.Owen B31/03/2024
From Muirkirk walkers car park. Walked along track to the west paths on the hill to avoid the boggy north west onehummusg26/02/2024
From the Walkers car park at Kames , 6.1 mile clockwise circuit. Quite boggy underfoot.JulieB16/02/2024
Straight up and down from car park. 1.5 hoursjef12/09/2023
Circuit on paths from car park at Kames: Kames > The Steel > Cairn Table > Garpel Water > Kames.Winterfloodian03/09/2023
With David. Very wet underfoot.gettingonabit28/07/2023
From Kames car park, path, albeit squelchy lower down, all the way.willyross20/04/2023
6.1 mile circular from Kames car park at Muirkirk. We followed the boggy path to the summit. The boardwalks were only somewhat helpful on the way up. The summit was in thick cloud. We descended via the unmarked but stonier path leading to Garpel Water, then track back to car park. Despite the weather a few people about. Afterwards we drove around to and bagged Middlefield Law and Loudoun Hill. 380m ascent.DanTrig17/04/2023
Cairn Table circuit from Kames, near Muirkirk. Walkhighlands routehummusg22/02/2023
From Kames cp. A fine day. Impressive cairnscolazione05/02/2023
Start & finish at the Kames CP, using tracks, waterlogged ATV routes and heather tramping to take in Wardlaw Hill, Stony Hill, Cairn Table, Douglas Rig and Little Cairn Table. 6hrs.summitter25/01/2023
Usual route up from Kaimes & down to west, with F.agentmancuso19/09/2022
From Kames walkers car park. Despite sprained ankle I actually survived the walk. I got confused straight away from the CP. I followed top red/blue posts but it didnt feel the correct one. I saw a couple come down unmarked path and short cutted to that. 10 mins later I was in a field of bog, lots of bog despite the boardwalks and retreated. Diverted a fair bit to the right. The top was excellent and I could see Ben Lomond easily also Isle of Arren with the help of a marker. Returned by the western route which was longer but drier.Jhimmy17/09/2022
From Kames walker cp. Followed usual way up. Very wet lower down and loads of cleggs further up. Still enjoyed it though. Did geocache at top. Returned the same way. Did with Samrobphys17/08/2022
Enjoyed this walk. Car park . Was dry so not much mudVerySlowPlodder10/05/2022
From small car park at Kames. Path up was boggy in places but good boardwalks in the worst areas. Windy on the summit. Followed fence to Little Cairn Table. With Ian.Dangerous Dave26/02/2022
From end of public road to ENE (NS 7924 2350)... which was signed as being closed after Glentaggart - big new wind farm in the process of going in, but no-one at work today. Stony Hill first on a good track in the main, after which took a direct line down then up across rough heathery ground to here. On to Little Cairn Table and Douglas Rig for a suprisingly pleasant 21k round of 4 27C hills I'd left out on a bit of a limb.jonglew23/01/2022
With Richard Donnellan from walkers car park Muirkirk. Very boggy lower down, fortunately some decking bog bridges. Cold and windy on top... And another primary trig S1567vegibagger23/10/2021
3 of 3: After Middlefield Law we drove to Kames CP. Very hot and sunny. Dry underfoot. LOTS of litter. With Karen.ChrisR21/07/2021
Solo. From the Walkers’ Car Park at Kames, Muirkirk. Along the old road past the memorial cairn to John Loudon MacAdam, a pioneer of road construction. The old road was where MacAdam experimented with road construction. I went up where grouse butts are marked on the map, using bits of paths and ATV tracks to reach the standard route up Cairn Table and so to the trig point at the summit and the impressively large ancient cairn. On to Little Cairn Table with the need to climb an unfriendly gate. Used standard Cairn Table route to get back to car. Bogs not a problem; my ascent route had been chosen to avoid the bogs. Nice and sunny.pwbellarby18/05/2021
ELMA CAMERON SUILVENdonmeister08/01/2021
After climbing Middlefield Law this one tied in nicely. Boggy route up on the mian drag much drier comign down via NS701247 (Marked Grouse Butts on 1:25K map). Swathe of moorland flattened until good gated track reached at NS697246. Ample parking on walkers car park or roadside near Golf Club on Furnace Lane, Muirkirk.G4OBK (Phil)11/10/2020
From Kames car park. As I was getting ready at just before 9am another finished his climb. However, I did not see anyone else until I was starting my descent. From then on there was a steady stream of people on their way up. Clearly this is a popular hill. There is an interesting start through the humps and bumps of old mine workings before the boggy section begins. It was not too bad today, all soft spots avoidable or jumpable. It gets better the higher up you go. It is a grand viewpoint.Clach Liath19/09/2020
Early morning to avoid the crowds. Nice views.DrumalbinView31/08/2020
Very busy place, Kames, car show adjacent. Car park full, got last space. Up very wet path to summit,2 cairns,trig and view indicator. Walking group of 25 there plus several others. Back by same path hoping to escape from all the people. 105 minsCoinneach29/08/2020
Strait forward, easy to follow track from north exit next to info board at Walkers car park, Muirkirk. Boots a must for this hill. Locking up van up as I set off in trek shoes from the Walkers car park, Muirkirk a local asked me if I knew the hill. Long story short he advised if I had gaitors to wear them as it is quite boggy. Taking his advice I donned both boots and gaitors. Can see the summit from very early on, then just a steady 2.5 mile ascent to get the lungs really working. Impressive cairn next to trig. Top of the large cairn/barrow to the east is probably as high, but the base is lower so did not bother visiting. Returned by the same route and yes it was boggy. Boots essential, gaitors optional.mntainman01/08/2020
VICTORIAdonmeister31/05/2020
From Parish Holm via Parishholm Hill, Urit Hill & Douglas Rig. Back down over Little Cairn Table & Brack Hill. Hot sun.agentmancuso30/05/2020
From Kames car park up very wet/boggy track to Cairn Table then down to col avoiding the snow patches and up to Little Cairn Table. Return between Crossflat Burn and Auldhouse Burn was easier than I expected but very wet.SS08/03/2020
Big car park at Kames right by the start of the path. The path goes through old workings on dry grassy paths, then out onto the moor, with bridges over the boggy sections. The wide, eroded path goes right to the top, very gentle gradient. Rain and mist so no idea what the view is like.Gill24/01/2020
From walkers car park at Kames, visited both summit contenders, onto Little Cairn Table. Back over Berrie Hill. With PM.CJM02/12/2019
From the public car park in Kames with CM. Ground still hard from cold spell so movement was easy. Misty and miserable on the good paths.bolton02/12/2019
From Kames, normal route up Cairn Table then on to Stony Hill and back via McAdam's Monument.Chris Mac20/10/2019
4th hillof 8 on a 24.6km circuit from Fingland road end, climbing White Hill, Stony Hill and Wardlaw Hill followed by a steep diagonal descent across deep heather and burnt heather to reach Trig pillar and small cairn. I recorded 594m @ NS 72434 24223 and NS 72434 24220. A rare event occurred at the top. I saw another human being at the top who waved acknowledging my presence. Onwards to Little Cairn table...Dazingdale24/09/2019
From the walkers CP at Kames. V windy.summitsup15/08/2019
Got a wee bit lost but worth it. First hillkathrynbryce18/05/2019
Car park in Kames at 696265. Given the recent dry weather, a pleasant climb up well-used track to the trig point, impressive cairn (not the one shown in summit photo) & toposcope. Continued to Little Cairn Table. (S)gerrybowes14/05/2019
From the 'Walkers' Car Park' in Kames (next to the ornate tower). Directly uphill, S, from the rear of the car park - information board says to follow the red colour coded marker posts for Cairn Table - there are short marker posts, but they're not coloured. Duck boards and stepping stones across the lower boggy parts. Some soft peat beds half way up between eroded stony sections (if every visitor carried down a couple of the loose rocks and dropped them in, the remaining boggy bits would soon be resolved). Unfortunately, the lower rampart of the summit cairn is beginning to collapse due to persons climbing up it.Isbjorn24/03/2019
From Kames. Write up at: http://gayleybird.blogspot.com/2018/04/cairn-table-and-middlefield-law.htmlGayle23/04/2018
Took the boggy direct route from Kames - grim but worth the climb for the summit cairns.Chris Peart26/03/2018
Followed the circular red route anti-clockwise: no actual red waymarks, but the route is obvious on the ground if you take a photo of the notice board. Bogs not a problem today as everything is frozen solid.PGCE24/02/2018
Boggy bogs, but nonetheless a pleasant hill.Gebirgsjaeger11/11/2017
Easy up/down path, mostly dry for a change, from car park.AndrewFinnimore07/05/2017
Veryhappybunny19/02/2017
With GHC. Awful weather and poor conditions underfoot. The path back to Muirkirk was a sodden affair with many crazy detours to travel a few meters.Play2End15/01/2017
From Kames back via little table. Great sunny winter day if a little breezycjo01/01/2017
Climbed as part of the Cairn Table Hill Racequadbarrel20/07/2016
Short walk from Muirkirk up the obvious path. Dry and sunnyN.Morters04/06/2016