Walk: The Bishop of Loch Leven

[Looking down on Kinnesswood and Loch Leven from the descent]

Bishop Hill is the least lauded, third sibling of the Lomond Hills family, rising sharply above Loch Leven. The hill's rather flat on top, but from the edge of the plateau there's an outstanding panorama of the lake and the hills cradling it: Benarty Hill, the Cleish Hills and the Ochils. You could approach from the east, involving little ascent and little visual interest. Or sacrifice soles for scenery and struggle up the hill's steep southern scarp slopes from Scotlandwell, giving far better views and lots more alliteration. You can guess which one we recommend here - but you might need to brush up on your navigation skills for the descent route. An excellent circuit, standing up well when compared to the ascents of its more illustrious neighbours: West and East Lomond.

[Excellent views south from the ascent to Munduff Hill]

Name: Walk: The Bishop of Loch Leven ★★★☆☆
Length: 7 km / 4 miles
Ascent: 410 metres
Main summits: Munduff Hill (456 metres); Bishop Hill (461 metres, sub-2000')
Start / finish: Car park (churchgoers only during services) at Orwell & Portmoak Parish Church, A911 just north of Scotlandwell, G.R.: NO 183020 ///providing.quest.rewarding

Route: Car park - Kilmagad Wood - Munduff Hill - Bishop Hill - White Craigs via escarpment - top of Kinnesswood - Kilmagad Wood via Michael Bruce Way - start
Terrain: Paths throughout with steep sections, narrow and faint for parts of descent. Mostly grassy underfoot.
Wildlife today: Sheep near Bishop Hill summit.
Weather today: Becoming largely sunny after cloudy skies at start, temperature in low teens. Blowy, with heavy showers visible over Loch Leven.

[Loch Leven - how's that for a bench with a view?]


Route credit: Scotland off the beaten track

[Stairs into Kilmagad Wood at the start]

[After a steep start, the path traverses the hillside with superb views]

[Windy...]

[Onto the open hill]

[View over Loch Leven on the approach to Munduff Hill]

[View north-west from Munduff Hill]

[The way ahead: Munduff Hill to Bishop Hill (in the sun, centre)]

[Looking back to Munduff Hill's several summits]

[Approaching Bishop Hill]

[Sheep guarding the summit]

[View east past East Lomond (left) into Fife from the top of Bishop Hill]

[Bishop Hill summit]

[Descent route]

[West Lomond (right) from Bishop Hill]

[The return route follows the escarpment at first, traversing some steep slopes...]

[...always with excellent views]

[Looking towards Milnathort]

[Easily missed: start of the descent at White Craigs]

[Kinnesswood & Loch Leven from White Craigs]

[White Craigs]

[End of the knee-shattering descent - slippery if wet]

[The last mile follows the Michael Bruce Way across the lower slopes]

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