Cairnsmore of Fleet National Nature Reserve

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
Reserve Office
Dromore Farm
Gatehouse of Fleet
Telephone: 01557 814435
Email: [email protected]

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

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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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Thanks to funding from the Scottish Government's Peatland ACTION programme, delivered in partnership with NatureScot and other agencies, peatland on this National Nature Reserve is being restored. Putting peatland on the road to recovery is helping Scotland tackle the impacts of climate change and biodiversity loss. 

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