Walk: An ode to Onesiphorus Tyndall Bruce

Fife | Lomond Hills | Short walk | ★★★

[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 ★★★
Start / finish at the Centre for Stewardship car park, West Port, half a mile west of Falkland village centre, G.R.: NO 247075 ///masses.elects.maybe

▶ 6 km / 4 mi | ▲ 140 m | ⌚ Short | Moderate
Features: Maspie Den (lower part); Tyndall Bruce Monument
Terrain: Tracks and paths with some mud and some ascent.

Route & map

Car park - Maspie Den (lower part) - Westfield - Tyndall Bruce Monument - retrace steps to track / path junction at G.R.: NO 232072 - Chancefield - start

Route credit: Walkhighlands
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On our visit

Wildlife: Treecreeper near start, buzzard, thrushes, robins, tits, yellowhammers, bullfinches, blackbirds; sheep in adjacent fields, cows in barn.
Weather: Mostly sunny with fast moving clouds, about 5ºC, windy.

Chronological photo guide

[Track near the start]


[Tunnel in Maspie Den]

[Maspie Den]

[Maspie Den]

[Ascent from Maspie Den]

[Tyndall Bruce Monument]

[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]

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

[Bullfinch feeding on buds]

[Pastoral scene]


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