Hiking adventures #1

Welcome to our series introducing you to the many possible hiking adventures within reach of Southfield House. Get a feel for the Galloway Hills by starting with the summit of Cairnsmore. At 711.0 m (2333 ft) it offers an excellent introduction to hill walking and sits in the marvellous Cairnsmore of Fleet National Nature Reserve.

The reserve offers the hiker a wonderful mosaic of upland habitats with open hill ground and wonderful wildlife sitings including the peregrine falcon! Listen for the cackles of the red grouse hiding in the undergrowth. Easier to spot are the sculptures by local artists dotted about the heath.

The reserve is situated about Wigtown Bay and you can hike up Cairnsmore for a wonderful view. The reserve itself offers summit heath, heather moorland and blanket bog and is within the Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere Reserve.

The visitor centre and toilet facilities are open once again following Covid closure – for info on the reserve, the summit trail up Cairnsmore and how to get there, click here.

You might be lucky enough to see a peregrine falcon or possibly a golden eagle while hiking at Cairnsmore of Fleet National Nature Reserve
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