Name:Cairnie Hill
Hill number:1675
Height:228.9m / 751ft
SMC/RHB Section:26A: Central Scotland from Dumbarton to Montrose
County/UA:Fife
Topographical area:SC02 Cleuch-largo
Catchment:Eden (Guardbridge), Catchment Boundaries, Tay
Watershed:Firth of Tay
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Tump (200-299m), Yeaman
(Ma,Hu,Tu,2,Y)
Grid ref:NO 27933 15486
Summit feature:embedded boulder in grass
Drop:150.4m
Col:78.5m  NO272150  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 59
(1:25k) 370
Survey:Leica NA730/Leica 530
Survey of Cairnie Hill (final).doc
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Parking on B937 by gate to mast (not on maps), just north of bridge over railway. Gated track has permanent sign saying shooting in progress. Dogs welcome on leads. Good gravel track then ATV track (again not on maps) all the way to the summit. Solo.Dangerous Dave22/02/2024
From track just north of railway bridgeDaveMcS28/01/2024
Parked easily at Collessie Village Hall. Followed route on Fife walking site up through Collesie Den.Hirta04/10/2023
Space for one car at 2722 1551 without blocking gate. 200m south back down road to track. Track followed SE then E up to ridge then N along quad track past point 222 to summit marked by large rock.PeteF17/03/2023
From mast at roadside just south of Loch Lindores. Up landrover track South then East to small lochan at 200m then North up tracks to summit area where boulder embedded in the ground marks the top.Jossker15/01/2023
Parked at NO272153 just after bridge over railway near the gate to the mast that is not on the map (you can't miss this mast and it's not to be mistaken with the small mast in the woods when driving from the south). Followed a selection of mapped/unmapped tracks to near the top and then headed off the track to the top which is more scrub than the forest implied by the map (the tracks can be seen on google satellite view).Danmawr07/01/2023
Parked at the Mast. Easy ascent on a snowy landrover track all the way to the summit. Lots of pheasants at the top.alexmaclennan17/12/2022
Parked in mast gateway, 200m N. of start of track - As Clach Liath, up stone tracks to junction with grassy 4WD track at NO 2788 1502 - Up grassy track past pt 222 to high point less than 50m E. of top - Path across a bit of rough grass to embedded boulder.gerrybowes21/09/2022
Climbed it for SOTA. Parked at railway gate (without blocking it) NO 272155.G4OBK (Phil)25/03/2022
Solo. Asked someone if i could leave my car, tucked in next to the great big bins at the horsey place. They said yes. Walked pass horse exercising area….track ….and then across fences into a field with cows that were NOT curious….across another fence….and onto summit. Unfamiliar with Fife, and found the car parking places a concern. Not wanting to annoy localsVerySlowPlodder21/11/2021
3rd of 4 Marilyns for the day. Parked by the mast, up track then at 4 way marker followed Scots Way clockwise around all forest, climbed over a wooden fence keeping forest on right up to ridge picking up ATV track. Followed ridge along to summit easily avoiding all gorse bushes. To return continued over summit over a fence to grassy track seen in the valley. Followed grassy track down until it met main track back to 4 way marker and then back to car. Slightly circuitous route 2.2 miles under 1hr round trip.JulieB01/11/2021
Parked well tucked into verge at start of Woodmill Mains track S of railway bridge, then followed Clach Liath's route (thank you).Nick Down104/10/2021
Quick jog up from near the mastamswanston14/05/2021
Last of N Fife trio. Parked at transmitter mast to W, followed track then field then broadleaf plantation then scrubby conifer/gorse to summit.iangpark08/04/2021
Round of 5 running from Monimail. Lovely mixture of all terrains. Left track to E at about 130m then followed patchy path up S ridge. Descended through field to NE - nice going until the quagmire from the cows at the bottom.quadbarrel13/11/2020
Parked at the start of the track at 272153. There is a very easy way to the top if slightly more circuitous. But even so it does not take that long to get up and down. Follow the track up to the post with 4 markers. Continue on the track with the post to your left. Where the track is shown as turning at 90 degrees to the left follow it uphill. It is shown as stopping at 278150 at a boundary feature. There is no boundary feature but looking to your left there is the start of a grassy 4WD track. Take the grassy track which avoids the gorse, passes by pt222, dips a bit and then rises just to the right (east) of the summit bump. At its high point turn left, step over a wire fence and you are at the top.Clach Liath20/09/2020
So -a Marilyn by just 30cms +/- 50cm according to the survey largely thanks to the protuding summit boulder. Half a chance the summit could be undermined one day by the nearby animal burrows and maybe collapse downwards , thus becoming less than P150 ! Climbed through wet long grass from the east with L after C West Hill - as a wiser option rather than Dunbog- as we had 2 dogs with us so as to avoid fields of cattle/ sheep and fences and a farmer driving around. Lovely oak trees - one fallen and still growing out of its up side near summit. A bull and cows had worryingly blocked our return route. I squelched through a bog to avoid them -L confidently walked past whilst they ambled slowly away totally unbothered by us or the dogs. Back to Leatham via Momimail (Old quarry now has an orchard and raspberries - and a gardener's hut)Chris Pearson17/08/2020
parked next to comm mast adjacent to railway service gate. Just enough room. Up track, past post with 4 markers, turn left at next junction of tracks. Follow tracks keeping wood on left then bear left at end of wood. Summit becomes obvious after a few hundred yards.Longwojo11/11/2019
Have done this both from the north (Dunbog) and south (Collessie) where there is parking at the village halls and core paths to the foot of the track going up the west side of the hill.Fife Walking29/08/2019
From the road at Woodmill Mains.Winterfloodian28/08/2019
A prickly mess. How to minimise the hassle - parking in overgrown gateway, at start of track, 100m S of mast, NO273153. Don stout trousers, then up track, until levels off at post with 4 waymarkers. Facing post, look 7 o'clock and you should see a 'Scotways' waymarker disc at bottom of trees. Follow bottom edge of trees, N, to gate, then hard R and uphill, due E. One easy BWF, then 10m of dense nettles and thistles through a thin belt of trees and into a crop area. Keep on this line, up N side of thin stand of trees, to where cut thro by ATV track (about NO277153). Follow this L 100m then an initially indistinct ATV track heading straight up, E, through a gap in the top-most trees. After it curls L, a final head-butt through a few low tree branches leads to summit. Sounds complicated, but it's almost a straight line (I met many more obstacles finding a much worse zig-zag route up). Clearly a pheasant breeding area - maybe not a place to be when a shoot is on.Isbjorn24/06/2019
3of4: From B937 at telecomms mast: 272155ChrisR24/10/2018
20 minute from road near mast. Follow atv track to field then unfenced path access at top left corner of field, then through another field and follow atv track virtually to summit.willyross22/10/2018
A pleasant 3 hour circular walk from Dunbog with just cows and the occasional fence to contend with - Dunbog Hill, Balmeadow Hill, Cunnoquhie East Hill & West Hill, Cairnie Hill.summitter07/09/2018
Easiest route, from west. Spoke to pheasant-rearers on way up and learned had parked beyond privacy chain, naughtily. Drizzle and zero visibility. Rounsfell12/08/2018
From railway bridge on B937BLACKHILL23/03/2018
Last hill of the day with Brian R. Too cold to linger on the summit.Play2End13/01/2018
First hill on a sunny but cold and windy day, with Kirsty and Robert, walking from Monimail.barnz4812/11/2017
An interesting walk, with fun route finding up through the woods. Pulled into the track and parked in the right hand field entrance (no-one has been in it for years), but there's a better parking place about 100 m higher up the track. Followed Nordicstar's route approximately. Nice summit area, with good views. Not dull at all.Gill09/11/2017
From Woodmill Mains.Chris Peart25/10/2017
Rather a dull walk, from Woodmill Mains unless interested in pheasant husbandry. A bit of heath on the upper slopes. Heavy snow showers obliterated view of the Lomonds. Parking a hassle- think I found an ok space at end of drive to house. Access to hill quite easy as you start off on waymarked routes.pwheeler21/03/2017
Up track from near railway bridge, then continuous more or less straight through various strips of woodland, fences ... mostly with tracks.kdbennett27/11/2016
As Nordicstar. I surprised several deer at 9am on a misty morning.clivevilla09/10/2016
From B937 parked at the radio mast and followed obvious tracks to within a few feet of the summit. Good lunchtime stretch of the legs.N.Morters07/09/2016
Pretty much the same as Nordicstar on the way up. Deviated a bit on the way down. Upward route was the better one! Route and write-up at: http://gayleybird.blogspot.co.uk/2016/05/three-and-extra-one.htmlGayle28/05/2016
Weather fair.MountainMac22/03/2016
Quickly nipped up track by railway bridge. Went up as directly as we could. No problems. Found tracks to help most of the way.jenx01/12/2015
With Jenx from parking just off lane by B937 at GR273153. In front of gate but looks ok. Up the track then direct up sude of woods and through woods following fence in direct line. Continue up right side of further woodland and then left cut through to 278155. Steep up here and summit up to left near old tree. Rock in ground high point.nordicstar01/12/2015
3rd time.russell6123/10/2015
Followed track from Lindores Loch nearly to Whitefield then up edge of field.Lionel Bidwell09/10/2015
Parked on the verge at NO 273 154. Walked to NO 273 153 then followed the track up the hill and back round to the top. A vague track through the trees took me to the top. Back the same way.aul-fogie02/07/2015
Parked at 272162. Asked the farmer could I park in the no parking area. Up the lane then followed the tree line to the summit. A very pleasant walk with great views in good weather. Solo.bolton07/04/2015
selfdavidsbatty10/03/2015
Parked on the B937 by the telecomms mast and walked up the track 100m south, following it round to the east and up onto the ridge, then following vehicle tracks north to within easy reach of the summit.martin_hall31/10/2014
LSjohn steel26/10/2014
parked at gate next to mast on the B937 took track 100m west of this, up through wood to top.robertphillips25/10/2014
Parked at fishermans hut, often padlocked entrance however. Overcast, mild, good views.iangalbraith02/03/2014
with Inezclashcityrocker26/02/2014
From the westAndrewFinnimore09/02/2014
Self, Peter and BonnieInvicta1420/01/2014