A fairly short, steep climb from Falkland village in Fife, this is one of the famous Lomond Hills which are prominent features for anyone driving along the M90 past Kinross, or through Fife from Glenrothes to Dundee. Although they only reach a maximum of 1700 ft / 522m on West Lomond, they are the highest hills in Fife, and their position isolated from other high hills makes them great viewpoints.
This was a short midsummer's evening dash after work, but it is ideal for a half-day climb. The last section, from whatever direction you ascend, is pretty steep. This story includes a side-story about the Devil's Burdens hill race, over the Lomond Hills.
- I'll remember most the view of the hill as I came out of the woods
- The best bit was fitting in a hillwalk at the end of a day at work
- The worst bit was having to return on the road - to avoid this, look out for the "crossroads" of tracks on the western side of the hill
- Words of warning - this ISN'T a short easy hillwalk, there is a long steep climb at the start, and another one to the summit, but it's not quite precipitous.
Date - 22 June 2006
Contributed by Andrew Llanwarne< Back to Scotland page for links to other stories
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|Location||Falkland village, Fife, Eastern Scotland|
|Date walked||22 June 2006|
|Walk type||High hills and mountain hikes|
|Difficulty||Requires some stamina and suitable footwear|
|Distance||9km /5.5 miles|
|Height climbed||360m (1180ft) approx|
|Time taken||2 hrs 30 mins|
|Map used||OS Landranger 1:50,000, Nos 59 (St Andrews) and 58 (Perth & Kinross)|
|Walk source info||From the St Andrews map|
|Getting there||By car on the A92 between Kirkcaldy, Glenrothes and Dundee, then the A912 to Falkland|
|Places to stay||Accommodation in Falkland, Auchtermuchty and other towns and villages|
|Other features||Falkland Palace (National Trust for Scotland) and the attractive Falkland village|