SUNDAY 4th May
Lomond Hills (Fife)
Distance 7.5 miles O.S map 58/59
If ever there was a Fife landmark, it’s the peanut shaped Lomond Hills. The two main peaks, West and East Lomond, are of volcanic origin. The connection between the Lomond Hills & Ben Lomond comes from the pre-Gaelic word for beacon llumon. The Lomond hills were significant beacon hills in ancient times. On a clear day Ben Lomond can be seen from Glasgow, and the Lomond Hills from Dundee and Edinburgh. Both can be seen from Stirling Castle.
Starting at the paper works in Falkland, the path climbs through woodland. The approach to East Lomond is steep and dramatic. After leaving the summit (424m) the path drops steeply, then past old lime kilns, continuing to join the public road at the Craigmead car pack (227063).
From the car park the path leads out of the trees and onto the open hill. The terrain rises gently until the final steep incline to West Lomond (197067). This is the higher of the two summits (522m) giving views over Loch Leven to the Ochils which are also volcanic in nature. Descending the west side of the hill the path reaches the curiously shaped “Bonnet Stane” from here the route goes through farm land joining the B911 at 185083. We follow this road to reach our destination at Gateside.
Walkers must wear walking boots, carry WARM and waterproof clothing, hat and gloves and take plenty food and liquids. THESE ARE ESSENTIAL. Be prepared for possible wintry conditions and snow on the top whatever the forecast. Take Gaiters for the muddy slushy bits!
Meet at Culter Village Hall 7.45 am
Transport by coach
Bus Fee: Members £10. Non-members £12.
Culter hillwalking club has no members who are qualified leaders or instructors. Therefore anyone volunteering to assist the club on a meet cannot be held responsible for other members' welfare. Members must be aware they are solely responsible for themselves at all times
Hillwalking and mountaineering are activities with a danger of personal injury and death. Those participating in these activities should be aware of the risks and accept the responsibility for their own actions and involvement. No responsibility can be accepted by Culter Hillwalking club committee, members, guests or co-ordinators of walks for any mishap, which may occur, during a meet.