Lomond Hills Regional Park

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SECTION ONE

Purin Hill


Reached by a single-track road from the A912 and with a large car park this is one of the most popular places for walkers to start from. It gives easy access to East Lomond and the limekilns on the path to Craigmead.

NO2706 : Minor road to Purin Hill car park, Lomond Hills by Bill Kasman
This junction is where the minor road leaves the A912 and wends its way up the hill to the car park at Purin Hill NO2505 : Car park at Purin Hill. This is a narrow, single-track road which can get quite busy on a sunny weekend but there are plenty of passing places (please do not park in them). A small, green 'Scotways' direction sign can be seen in the trees slightly to the left of centre. It points the way to a footpath leading to Falkland Hill (East Lomond) but this footpath is, in fact, the road.
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NO2605 : Minor road to Purin Hill car park, Lomond Hills by Bill Kasman
After it leaves its junction with the A912 NO2706 : Minor road to Purin Hill car park, Lomond Hills the road winds its way up the hill.
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NO2505 : Car park at Purin Hill by Bill Kasman
This parking area is one of the most popular access points to the Lomond Hills Regional Park NO2706 : Minor road to Purin Hill car park, Lomond Hills. From here two paths give walkers access to the park. One climbs directly to the summit of East Lomond (and down the other side to the limekilns) and the other heads directly towards the limekilns NO2305 : The gate to the limekilns, Lomond hills and Craigmead car park (another popular access point) on the road between Falkland and Leslie. The two paths meet at the limekilns.
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NO2505 : Relay station on Purin Hill by Bill Kasman
Near the top of the minor road from the A912 is this microwave relay station which takes various types of radio signals and relays them on to other line-of-sight stations for further onward transmission. The stone structure isn't part of the relay station. It's a public toilet block and information point NO2505 : Toilets and information point on Purin Hill
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NO2505 : Toilets and information point on Purin Hill by Bill Kasman
Next to the microwave relay station on Purin Hill NO2505 : Relay station on Purin Hill are these public toilets. The structure on the right is a shelter and information point.
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NO2505 : Path to East Lomond by Bill Kasman
Leaving the car park on Purin Hill NO2505 : Car park at Purin Hill the path heads towards East Lomond.
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NO2505 : Path leaving Purin Hill car park, Lomond Hills by Bill Kasman
From the car park this path heads down through an area of scrub known as Gask Park then through the Formonthills Community Woodland and eventually finds its way to the Pitcairn Outdoor Centre in Glenrothes where the Lomond Hills ranger station is located NO2603 : Pitcairn Outdoor Centre.
Several bench seats can be seen in this image. These have been donated to the park by private individuals in memory of friends or family members and they all carry a memorial plaque to that effect. There are similar seats scattered throughout the park in strategic areas.
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NO2505 : Path leaving Purin Hill car park, Lomond Hills by Bill Kasman
From the car park this path heads down through an area of scrub known as Gask Park, skirts the Formonthills Community Woodland and eventually finds its way to the Pitcairn Outdoor Centre in Glenrothes where the Lomond Hills ranger station is located NO2603 : Pitcairn Outdoor Centre, Glenrothes.
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NO2505 : Dedication plaque at Purin Hill car park, Lomond Hills by Bill Kasman
This dedication plaque is affixed to one of the information points in the car park. Fife Regional Park was the original name of the park but this was changed to its current name of Lomond Hills Regional Park in 2003.
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NO2406 : East Lomond by Bill Kasman
A view of East Lomond (locally called Falkland Hill) from the Purin Hill car park.
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NO2505 : Information board, Purin Hill, Lomond Hills by Bill Kasman
This is one of several information boards at the Purin Hill car park NO2406 : East Lomond.
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NO2505 : Information board, Purin Hill, Lomond Hills by Bill Kasman
This is one of several information boards at Purin Hill car park NO2406 : East Lomond. This one shows a representation of how the Pictish fort which covered the top of the hill may have looked 1500 years ago.
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NO2505 : Path to East Lomond by Bill Kasman
On the path from Purin Hill car park NO2505 : Path to East Lomond lie several of these features crossing the path at an angle. They are an attempt to mitigate erosion of the path by water run-off during rain by channelling the flow of water off the path.
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NO2405 : Path to East Lomond by Bill Kasman
The path from the car park at Purin Hill NO2505 : Path to East Lomond is well-used and quite badly eroded in places.
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NO2406 : Path to East Lomond by Bill Kasman
As the path from the car park at Purin Hill NO2505 : Path to East Lomond climbs higher other paths begin to branch off although it can sometimes be difficult to tell the difference between a sheep track and a human-made path. The faint path to the left here is actually a combination of both and it does lead to something interesting - a triangulation pillar NO1906 : Triangulation Pillar, East Lomond
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NO2406 : Path to East Lomond by Bill Kasman
As the path from the car park at Purin Hill NO2505 : Path to East Lomond gains height it becomes more grassy in nature and less eroded than lower down. It also begins to 'braid' into several paths although it doesn't matter which one is chosen since they all lead to the summit.
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NO2406 : Path to East Lomond by Bill Kasman
As the summit of the hill comes into view the most obvious feature is the indicator pillar. The other two major hills in the area are now visible - West Lomond straight ahead and Bishop Hill on the left.
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NO2406 : Indicator pillar on East Lomond by Bill Kasman
This pillar on the summit of the hill points the way and gives the distance to many places in Fife and further afield.
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NO2306 : View from East Lomond by Bill Kasman
Looking west from the western flank of East Lomond we see Bishop Hill (left) and West Lomond.
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NO2406 : Path to East Lomond by Bill Kasman
Ascending the hill on the south western side from its summit NO2406 : Path to East Lomond is this obvious and well-used path which starts near the limekilns. The triangulation pillar in this image NO1906 : Triangulation Pillar, East Lomond is on the shoulder of the hill to the right of the summit.
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NO2305 : Path to East Lomond by Bill Kasman
From near the limekilns the path to the summit of East Lomond lies through the gate. The path leaving the image to the right goes to the car park at Purin Hill NO2505 : Car park at Purin Hill and that leaving to the left goes to the car park at Craigmead NO2206 : Craigmead car park, Lomond hills
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NO2306 : Path to East Lomond by Bill Kasman
From the same position as this image NO2305 : Path to East Lomond the path which leads to/from East Lomond continues on to Craigmead car park NO2206 : Craigmead car park, Lomond hills West Lomond is visible and on the left of the image is the gate leading to the limekilns.
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NO2305 : The gate to the limekilns, Lomond hills by Bill Kasman
See also this image NO2306 : Path to East Lomond
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NO2305 : Path to limekilns, Lomond hills by Bill Kasman
Once through the gate from the main path NO2305 : The gate to the limekilns, Lomond hills this narrow but quite obvious path leads to the limekilns and its associated pond. The object near the centre of the frame is one of several information boards around the limekilns.
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NO2305 : Limekilns and pond, Lomond hills by Bill Kasman
Further on from this image NO2305 : Path to limekilns, Lomond hills a path circles the limekilns and the pond with several information boards dotted around it one of which can be seen in front of the limekilns.
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NO2305 : Damage to information boards at limekilns, Lomond hills by Bill Kasman
Sadly, all the information boards at the limekilns were found to have been vandalised when this photograph was taken - every plaque had been ripped off its mount.
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NO2305 : Path from limekilns, Lomond hills by Bill Kasman
From the limekilns NO2305 : The gate to the limekilns, Lomond hills this path heads south over a stile and into a field, leading ultimately to Glasslie Farm. It is also possible to cross the stile and turn immediately right (west) following a fence over pathless and sometimes boggy moor to the minor road from Falkland to Leslie and the crags at Craigmead.
Note: cattle are often found in this field and, speaking from personal experience, it isn't a good idea to cross the field at such times and never, ever take a dog (even on a lead) into a field of cattle!
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NO2305 : Path around limekilns, Lomond hills by Bill Kasman
Much of the ground around the limekilns is very wet and the ranger service has kindly provided duckboards and footbridges over the worst areas. The hill is West Lomond.
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NO2306 : Path to West Lomond by Bill Kasman
From just past the gate to the limekilns NO2305 : The gate to the limekilns, Lomond hills the path continues to Craigmead car park NO2206 : Craigmead car park, Lomond hills and further on to West Lomond (four kilometres from this point).
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NO2306 : Path to West Lomond by Bill Kasman
Further along the path NO2306 : Path to West Lomond West Lomond is now clearly visible. The high ground in the left distance is Bishop Hill.
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NO2206 : Paths on Lomond hills by Bill Kasman
As the path from the limekilns approaches Craigmead car park NO2206 : Craigmead car park, Lomond hills another path branches off to the right. Both join the public road from Falkland to Leslie a few metres apart. Mountain bikers tend to favour the right-hand path as it offers a smoother descent to the road. The left-hand path gets rougher as it descends and there is an awkward gate to negotiate.
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NO2206 : Path near Craigmead car park, Lomond hills by Bill Kasman
A mountain biker takes the easier descent to the road (see also this image NO2206 : Paths on Lomond hills).
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NO2206 : Path near Craigmead car park, Lomond hills by Bill Kasman
This path, often used by mountain bikers, is an offshoot of the path from Purin Hill car park NO2505 : Car park at Purin Hill to Craigmead car park NO2206 : Craigmead car park, Lomond hills (see also this image NO2206 : Paths on Lomond hills).
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NO2206 : Path near Craigmead car park, Lomond hills by Bill Kasman
The main path from Purin Hill car park NO2505 : Car park at Purin Hill joins the road near Craigmead car park NO2206 : Craigmead car park, Lomond hills (see also this image NO2206 : Paths on Lomond hills).
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NO2306 : Path from Purin Hill by Bill Kasman
The path from the car park at Purin Hill NO2505 : Car park at Purin Hill approaches the limekilns (see also this image NO2305 : The gate to the limekilns, Lomond hills)
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NO2405 : Track from Purin Hill by Bill Kasman
The track from the car park at Purin Hill NO2505 : Car park at Purin Hill heads towards the limekilns NO2305 : The gate to the limekilns, Lomond hills
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NO2405 : Geograph? Nope - can't say I've heard of it! by Bill Kasman
Cattle in a field next to the track from Purin Hill car park NO2505 : Car park at Purin Hill to the limekilns NO2305 : The gate to the limekilns, Lomond hills
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NO2505 : Car park at Purin Hill by Bill Kasman
The track to/from the limekilns NO2305 : The gate to the limekilns, Lomond hills near Purin Hill car park NO2505 : Car park at Purin Hill
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NO2505 : Track leaves Purin Hill by Bill Kasman
The track to the limekilns NO2305 : The gate to the limekilns, Lomond hills leaves Purin Hill car park NO2505 : Car park at Purin Hill
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NO2505 : Notice on gate at Purin Hill by Bill Kasman
The gate to the track leaving Purin Hill car park NO2505 : Car park at Purin Hill towards the limekilns NO2305 : The gate to the limekilns, Lomond hills carries this notice. It is a reminder that much of the Lomond Hills Regional Park is active farmland and visitors should behave in a responsible manner.
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NO2505 : Path from Purin Hill car park by Bill Kasman
This path is a shortcut from the Purin Hill car park NO2505 : Car park at Purin Hill to the main path ascending East Lomond NO2505 : Path to East Lomond
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NO2406 : Triangulation Pillar, East Lomond by Bill Kasman
This path NO2406 : Path to East Lomond continues round the side of the hill towards a triangulation pillar. The path continues past the pillar and joins with the path coming down from the summit of East Lomond NO2406 : Path to East Lomond
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NO1906 : Triangulation Pillar, East Lomond by Bill Kasman
The triangulation pillar on the southern flanks of East Lomond with West Lomond in the distance. Trig pillars are little used by surveyors today having been superseded by aerial photography and digital mapping using GPS and lasers but they remain an interesting addition to any walk and are, in fact, the subject of an obscure combination of orienteering and hillwalking known as 'Trigpointing' LinkExternal link.
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NO2406 : Triangulation Pillar, East Lomond by Bill Kasman
Triangulation pillars are often combined with benchmarks. This data plate is on a trig pillar on the side of East Lomond NO1906 : Triangulation Pillar, East Lomond. It carries the trig point identification number, a benchmark arrow and fixing points, and the letters OSBM (Ordnance Survey Bench Mark). The purpose of the hole underneath the data plate is unknown to me.
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NO2406 : Something's being built on East Lomond! by Bill Kasman
On the side of East Lomond, just a few metres from the triangulation pillar NO1906 : Triangulation Pillar, East Lomond work is being carried out on 'something'! The trig pillar can be seen between the two posts on the left.
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NO2505 : It's forbidden! by Bill Kasman
In a slight hollow close to Purin Hill car park NO2406 : East Lomond lie the remains of a camp fire or barbecue. Open fires like this are not permitted in the park but the rangers can't be everywhere!
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