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Cairnsmore of Fleet National Nature Reserve

We are doing our best to get back to normal but it will take some time to re-open all our facilities safely. Our car parks are open but our toilets and visitor centres remain closed; please plan your visit with this in mind.

We ask that you continue to follow Scottish Government and NHS guidelines and help protect yourself, your family and your local community:

  • Maintain hand hygiene
  • Follow physical distancing guidelines

While you are out and about, please take extra care to follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.

Thank you for your patience and support; we look forward to welcoming you back safely.

A wilderness experience

Cairnsmore of Fleet National Nature Reserve (NNR) is one of the wildest places in south-west Scotland – but is still surprisingly accessible. It’s a paradise for walkers, with panoramic views over a patchwork landscape of muted colours.

There are plenty other things to do at Cairnsmore. Watch out for some spectacular birds of prey that hunt over the open landscape. There’s a pond to explore near the visitor centre and a short level walk around the farm area.

Find out more about visiting Cairnsmore of Fleet NNR.

Top attractions

• Look out for sculptures by local environmental artists nestling in the landscape.
• If you’re quick, you may spot a peregrine falcon – the world’s fastest bird.
• Listen out for the distinctive cackling of red grouse.

Find out more about the reserve and its natural history.

What’s on?

Visit our Events page to see what upcoming events you can get involved in at this reserve.


Reserve officer: Neil McKie
Scottish Natural Heritage
Reserve Office
Dromore Farm
Gatehouse of Fleet
Telephone: 01557 814435
Email: [email protected]

Find out more

Discover more about why Scotland’s National Nature Reserves were created and the partners who manage them.

Related Links

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Follow SNH’s Scotland’s Nature blog and find interesting articles on Scotland’s natural heritage.

Cairnsmore of Fleet NNR is a core area within the Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere Reserve.

Our visitor centre is rated Gold under the GTBS (Green Tourism Business Scheme).

Cairnsmore of Fleet NNR is a member of VisitScotland.

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