East Lomond, Pub/West Lomond, Bishop Hill
by RTMcB » Sun Apr 15, 2012 8:53 pm
Route description: East Lomond circuit, Falkland
Sub 2000' hills included on this walk: Bishop Hill, East Lomond, West Lomond
Date walked: 15/04/2012
Time taken: 7 hours
Distance: 22.9 km
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First up was the East Lomond circuit exactly as described on WH. This route was chosen for the morning session as I would be taking my work colleagues plus girlfriends, all with varying levels of fitness. Didn't want anything too mental plus the return through Mapsie Den is gorgeous. Not too much to add to the WH report for the East Lomond circuit, except that the slog coming up the staircase in the Douk Plantation, as you exit Falkland, will destroy the less fit. Great views to the southern Cairngorms, still some snow up there, Bass Rock, Arthur's Seat, Schiehallion, Ben Lawers all visibile
I would now like to apologise to the wifey who I caught in a slightly embarrassing situation at the car park for West Lomond. However, if you are going to answer a call of nature on a main path 10 m from a public car park then these things will happen. Still, I turned my party around so you were spared further onlookers. Mind you, shouldn't those public toilets be unlocked by now? Come on it's April. Time for this circuit came in at about 4 hrs.
A hearty burger at the Stag Inn satisfied my hunger and after saying goodbye to my chums, I drove to the car park for West Lomond. I followed the outward path as described for the West Lomond Circuit http://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/fife-stirling/west-lomond.shtml except I headed straight up to the summit. I didn't hang around long as I wanted to spot a decent route to Bishop Hill.
Descended directly SSW from West Lomond making a bee-line for Bishop Hill. No real path, quite steep, but decent heather/grass so good footing. Plenty of stalkers paths zig-zaging down the hill. Halfway down West Lomond I spied a well-worn path through the brown heather heading straight for Bishop Hill. Just before the heather there's a bit of a steep bit on gravely earth but no real problems. Once on the path through the heather the going was good, plenty of fresh MTB trails in the mud. Out of the heather I reached the bealach the views to the west opening up through Glen Vale. Made my way through a red gate and joined a decent landrover track. Crossed a stone wall and headed SW. Eventually found the summit after many ups and downs. Decent cairn with fine views to the west - Ben Lomond, Stuc a'Chroin and Ben Vorlich were now visible. Time for one picture of me alone on top of Bishop Hill before beginning the trek back to the car. I felt pretty good at this point. Good enough to indulge in some light jogging down the hill. I only jog when people can't see me Now I was enjoying the great path and the fact that I was able to jog without feeling like I was about to vomit. However, my joy caused me to miss the turn north at NO202055, I ended up following the Lothrie Burn. Only realised my mistake when the path went over a fence and into the woods adjacent to Harperleas Reservoir, doh Only option was to carry on through, what I can only describe as marsh. I soon made it to the proper path, making good progress past the ruins at NO216057. Caught a glimpse of a couple of lambs next to the fence, my thoughts naturally turned to what's for dinner Back at the car before I knew it. Time for this circuit was about 2 hrs 40 mins.
by luckyguy68 » Sun Apr 15, 2012 9:01 pm
by SMRussell » Sun Apr 15, 2012 9:14 pm
Good detail, some lovely photos and a splendid first report (I'm not at all biased ). Sounds like a grand day out in the wee hills (see what I did there)
P.S I have seen you jog young man or do I not count?
by EwaMH » Mon Apr 16, 2012 7:50 am
by Sarah86 » Tue Apr 17, 2012 11:53 am
by RTMcB » Tue Apr 17, 2012 6:45 pm
by nathan79 » Tue Apr 17, 2012 8:12 pm
There's an alternative start point down low between Falkland and Strathmiglo by a wee organic farm and cafe called the Pillars of Hercules. You get a wee walk through woods and by some farmland before it links up with the path along Maspie burn and up pass Maspie Den to the car park between East and West Lomond. I use this route in winter when the road up's not driveable.
by Jockstar » Tue Apr 17, 2012 8:25 pm
walk before dropping into the Well Inn at Scotlandwell food food and a beer.
by bar72 » Sun Sep 09, 2012 9:06 am
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