Walk: East Lomond - fun for Fife!
|[Ascent to East Lomond]|
Sorry if you disagree, but walking among the flatlands of Fife is often a bit boring unless you're on the coast. East Lomond is a notable exception: a bare domed summit looming large above Falkland village from which you can see most of the county. The steep, forested sides are quickly defeated by dozens of steps on the way up, but returning through Maspie Den takes the fun factor to another level. This glen, hidden on approach, has a real Highland feel with rocky sides, a tumbling burn with waterfalls (including one you can walk behind)... even a tunnel cut out of the valley side by wealthy estate owners in bygone decades. The fact that the walk starts and finishes in one of Scotland's prettiest villages is a convenient bonus.
|[Picturesque Maspie Den features a waterfall you can walk behind]|
Name: Walk: East Lomond - fun for Fife! ★★★★☆
Length: 7 km / 4 miles
Ascent: 380 metres
Main summits: East Lomond (434 metres, sub-2000')
Points of interest: Falkland & village sights; Maspie Den & waterfall
Start / finish: Street parking on Cross Wynd, Falkland village centre, G.R.: NO 253073 / narrowest royal general
Route: Cross Wynd & Falkland - East Loan - Lomond Side - East Lomond - Craigmead car park - path on west side of Coalpit Burn - Maspie Den - House of Falkland - start
Terrain: Clear paths throughout but steep at times, especially on ascent where there are lots of steps. Path to enter Maspie Den is rougher and a bit muddy. Minor road return to Falkland.
Wildlife today: Pheasants in the woods on ascent. Sheep with lambs, bees, butterflies, lots of small birds...
Weather today: Sunny with scattered clouds; windy on summit.
>> see Falkland post for Falkland & village sights
|[View to the north from the summit]|
Route credit: Walkhighlands