Walk: An ode to Onesiphorus Tyndall Bruce

[Tyndall Bruce Monument]

A name like Onesiphorus Tyndall Bruce is pretty memorable already, but it clearly wasn't enough for the descendants of this local Falkland laird, who had a large stone monument built in honour of the man after his death in 1855. Standing on a minor summit on the edge of Fife's Lomond Hills, the cylindrical memorial is well seen from nearby, larger East Lomond but makes a decent target in its own right, with an interesting ascent past the forest and follies of lower Maspie Den. After admiring the views from the base of the monument, retrace your steps for a short distance before an alternative descent route is possible; routes directly off the north side of the hill are very steep and not recommended.

[Tunnel in Maspie Den]

📌 Walk: An ode to Onesiphorus Tyndall Bruce ★★★☆☆
▶ 6 km / 4 miles | ▲ 140 metres | ⌚ Short walk
Points of interest: Maspie Den (lower part); Tyndall Bruce Monument
Start / finish: Centre for Stewardship car park, West Port, half a mile west of Falkland village centre, G.R.: NO 247075 ///masses.elects.maybe

Route: Car park - Maspie Den (lower part) - Westfield - Tyndall Bruce Monument - retrace steps to track / path junction at G.R.: NO 232072 - Chancefield - start
Terrain: Tracks and paths with some mud and some ascent.
Wildlife today: Treecreeper near start, buzzard, thrushes, robins, tits, yellowhammers, bullfinches, blackbirds; sheep in adjacent fields, cows in barn.
Weather today: Mostly sunny with fast moving clouds, about 5ºC, windy.

[The return route follows a level path along field boundaries]

Route map


Route credit: Walkhighlands

More photos

[Track near the start]

[Treecreeper]

[Maspie Den]

[Maspie Den]

[Ascent from Maspie Den]

[Monument up close]

[View north over Fife from the monument]

[East Lomond seen from the monument]

[Woodland descent]

[Witches' Cave carved rock]

[Track to Chancefield]

[Distant view of the monument from the return]

[Bullfinch feeding on buds]

[Pastoral scene]

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