Lomond Hills Regional Park

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SECTION ONE

Craigmead


On the minor road over the hills from Falkland to Leslie and with a reasonably-sized car park this is another very popular start for walkers exploring the park. Being about half-way between East Lomond and West Lomond it gives easy access to both hills.

NO2206 : Craigmead car park, Lomond hills by Bill Kasman
Near the summit of the road from Falkland to Leslie is Craigmead car park. This car park lies roughly midway between West Lomond and East Lomond (Falkland Hill) and is one of the most popular access points for the Lomond Hills Regional Park. From here it is possible to walk east to the limekilns NO2305 : The gate to the limekilns, Lomond hills East Lomond and Purin Hill car park NO2505 : Car park at Purin Hill or west to West Lomond and Bishop Hill. This can be a very busy place on a sunny weekend.
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NO2206 : Sign near Craigmead car park, Lomond hills by Bill Kasman
Vehicles emerging from the car park NO2206 : Craigmead car park, Lomond hills and turning left are faced with this sign at the beginning of the descent to Falkland. The road is steep and twisty in places but this warning is more intended for cyclists than motor vehicles.
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NO2206 : Craigmead car park, Lomond Hills by Bill Kasman
There are two ways walkers can leave the car park if they are heading in the direction of West Lomond. To the right of the image is a set of steps leading upwards and immediately to the right of the parked car is a well-made path. It doesn't matter which way you go since they meet up after a few metres NO2206 : Gate on path to West Lomond.
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NO2206 : Path from Craigmead car park, Lomond Hills by Bill Kasman
The path continues from the top of the steps out of the car park NO2206 : Craigmead car park, Lomond Hills.
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NO2206 : Path from Craigmead car park, Lomond Hills by Bill Kasman
The well-made path from the car park NO2206 : Craigmead car park, Lomond Hills.
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NO2206 : Gate on path to West Lomond by Bill Kasman
This gate is where the two paths from Craigmead car park meet NO2206 : Craigmead car park, Lomond Hills. The well-made path is obvious and the grassy path from the top of the steps comes in from the right. East Lomond is in the background.
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NO2206 : Path near Craigmead car park, Lomond Hills by Bill Kasman
From this gate NO2206 : Gate on path to West Lomond the main path heads left up a grassy slope towards West Lomond and a fainter path goes to the right, crosses the vehicle track to West Lomond and eventually reaches Falkland.
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NO2206 : Path from Craigmead car park, Lomond Hills by Bill Kasman
The path makes its way up the slope heading for West Lomond.
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NO2206 : Path from Craigmead car park, Lomond Hills by Bill Kasman
After a short distance up the grassy slope NO2206 : Path from Craigmead car park, Lomond Hills the path splits. It doesn't matter whether you go through the gate on the right (which leads to the vehicle track) or keep to the path ahead. They meet up after a while. West Lomond can now be seen on the horizon.
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NO2206 : View of East Lomond from track to West Lomond by Bill Kasman
Looking back from where the grassy path from Craigmead car park meets the vehicle track which starts at the road a few metres on the Falkland side of the car park NO2206 : Path from Craigmead car park, Lomond Hills. Mountain bikers are asked to keep to the vehicle track.
Note: This vehicle track is not open to visitors' motor vehicles.
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NO2206 : Track to West Lomond by Bill Kasman
From the same position as this image NO2206 : View of East Lomond from track to West Lomond but looking in the opposite direction the vehicle track heads towards West Lomond which is visible on the horizon.
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NO2206 : Track to West Lomond by Bill Kasman
Looking back from where the path from Craigmead car park NO2206 : Path from Craigmead car park, Lomond Hills joins the vehicle track from the road. East Lomond is prominent.
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NO2206 : Boundary Stone, Lomond Hills by Bill Kasman
This square block adjacent to the track from Craigmead car park to West Lomond is a boundary stone. It has sat in this position for about 200 years. Boundary stones in the park have an interesting history LinkExternal link See also this image NO2206 : Boundary Stone, Lomond Hills.
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NO2206 : Boundary Stone, Lomond Hills by Bill Kasman
A close look at the top of this boundary stone NO2206 : Boundary Stone, Lomond Hills reveals a well-worn inscription. The initials WR above the date 1818 can just be made out.
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NO2106 : Remains of field boundary wall, Lomond Hills by Bill Kasman
There are miles of these walls all over the park. Some are just a few broken sections but some run for considerable distances. Consider the size of some of the stones (the largest ones in this wall are near two-foot square) and then imagine the labour required to build all these walls!
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NO2106 : Path to West Lomond by Bill Kasman
The path from Craigmead car park to West Lomond continues straight ahead. A faint path goes off to the right to join the path from the iron age fort of Maiden Castle and onwards to the crags at Craigengaw.
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NO2106 : Path on Lomond Hills by Bill Kasman
The faint path NO2106 : Path to West Lomond continues across the muir towards the path from Maiden Castle.
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NO2106 : Path junction on Lomond Hills by Bill Kasman
At this point the faint path NO2106 : Path to West Lomond from the main West Lomond path joins the path from Maiden Castle (coming in from the right). From hereon it is generally better defined and easier to follow.
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NO2406 : East Lomond and Maiden Castle by Bill Kasman
Looking back from the path to Craigengaw NO2106 : Path junction on Lomond Hills we see East Lomond and to its right the green mound of Maiden Castle, an iron age fort LinkExternal link.
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NO2007 : Path crosses Forthear Burn, Lomond Hills by Bill Kasman
The path from Maiden Castle to Craigengaw works its way through heather and rough grass and eventually comes to this gully within which the Forthear Burn flows down from a source near Miller's Loch. The square stone in the upper right quarter of the image is interesting NO2007 : Boundary Stone, Lomond Hills and there is a 'cave' further up the hillside to the right of the stone NO2007 : Cave near West Lomond
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NO2007 : Boundary Stone, Lomond Hills by Bill Kasman
This boundary stone lies just off the path from Maiden Castle to Craigengaw where the path crosses the Forthear Burn NO2007 : Path crosses Forthear Burn, Lomond Hills. It is badly weathered but the initials WR above the date 1818 can just be made out. Boundary stones in the park have an interesting history LinkExternal link.
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NO2007 : Ramblers on path, Lomond Hills by Bill Kasman
These two ramblers (centre left of image) are on the path from Craigengaw to Maiden Castle. Immediately to the left of the person on the left can be seen the tiny white dot of a boundary stone NO2007 : Path crosses Forthear Burn, Lomond Hills.
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NO2007 : Path to West Lomond by Bill Kasman
These crags to the right of the path from Craigmead car park to West Lomond are worth investigating. There is a 'cave' there NO2007 : Cave near West Lomond and the Forthear Burn runs across the path and below the crags. There is also a faint path below the crags which connects with the path from Maiden Castle to Craigengaw, crossing the burn close to a boundary stone NO2007 : Path crosses Forthear Burn, Lomond Hills.
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NO2007 : Cave near West Lomond by Bill Kasman
This 'cave' (actually more of a cleft in the rock) is located at the crags visible from the main path from Craigmead car park to West Lomond NO2007 : Path to West Lomond. It only goes back a few feet but is a handy spot for a coffee break on a wet and windy day. The boundary stone in this image NO2007 : Path crosses Forthear Burn, Lomond Hills is just downhill from here.
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NO1906 : Path to West Lomond by Bill Kasman
The path from Craigmead car park approaches West Lomond.
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NO1906 : Path to West Lomond by Bill Kasman
At the bottom of the hill the path splits into three. The old path to the summit can be seen on the left of the image. It was closed for several years to allow regeneration of the vegetation and path repairs to take place. It is now open again but is steep and should really be avoided. A new path can be seen heading off to the right. It contours round the hill taking a more affable line to the summit and is now the preferred route. On its way round the hill it is joined by a path coming up from the Bunnet Stane NO1906 : Path to West Lomond. There is a third path leaving this junction. It goes left, contours round the hill and heads towards a stile beyond which the path continues past the Devil's Burdens to the top of Edge Head NO1805 : Path at top of Edge Head, Lomond Hills.
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NO1906 : Path around West Lomond by Bill Kasman
This is the third path which leaves the junction at the base of West Lomond NO1906 : Path to West Lomond. It contours round the hill with its ultimate destination being the top of Edge Head.
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NO1906 : Path around West Lomond by Bill Kasman
The third path from the junction NO1906 : Path around West Lomond contours around the hill. Two reservoirs are visible in the distance - Harperleas on the left and Holl on the right.
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NO1906 : Path around West Lomond by Bill Kasman
On its way around the hill the third path from the junction NO1906 : Path to West Lomond crosses a path which comes up from Harperleas Reservoir to ascend West Lomond.
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NO1906 : Stile near West Lomond by Bill Kasman
The third path which contours around the hill from the junction below West Lomond NO1906 : Path around West Lomond eventually reaches this stile. The path continues over the stile and passes the rocks known as Devil's Burdens making its way over the muir to the top of Edge Head NO1805 : Path at top of Edge Head, Lomond Hills.
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NO2006 : Wilkie's Quarry, Lomond Hills by Bill Kasman
As the main path from Craigmead car park to West Lomond approaches the hill NO1906 : Path to West Lomond this long-disused limestone quarry can be found to the left of the path. This, and many of the other now-disused quarries in the park, fed the limekilns which are just off the path from the Purin Hill car park to Craigmead car park NO2306 : Path to East Lomond. They are evidence that these hills were once a thriving industrial area.
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NO2006 : Peat bog, Lomond Hills by Bill Kasman
This area of peat bog is adjacent to the path from Craigmead car park to West Lomond. Step into this and you'll likely disappear never to be seen again!
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NO2106 : Path to West Lomond by Bill Kasman
The path from Craigmead car park to West Lomond passes this enclosed field. If you follow the wall to the left you will come to Miller's Loch NO2106 : Miller's Loch, Lomond Hills.
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NO2106 : Miller's Loch, Lomond Hills by Bill Kasman
There are no paths leading to Miller's Loch but it is easily found by following this wall NO2106 : Path to West Lomond. It is a curiosity I like to keep an eye on because the extent of the loch varies considerably throughout the year. In this image it is pretty much at its minimum but the flat grassy area around it gives some idea of how big it can grow after prolonged rain - I have seen this area totally flooded.
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NO2206 : Path to Maiden Castle, Lomond Hills by Bill Kasman
Through this gap in the wall beside the vehicle track to West Lomond not far from the car park at Craigmead a faint path heads for the iron age fort of Maiden Castle.
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NO2206 : Gate to vehicle track, Lomond Hills by Bill Kasman
A few metres down the hill on the Falkland side of Craigmead car park NO2206 : Craigmead car park, Lomond hills is this gate. It leads to a vehicle track (not available to visitors' vehicles) which is the route to West Lomond. This is the preferred starting point for mountain bikers heading for West Lomond but it can, of course, also be used by walkers. The two stones on either side of the path beyond the gate are interesting NO2206 : Boundary Stone, Lomond Hills and NO2206 : Not a boundary stone!
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NO2206 : Boundary Stone, Lomond Hills by Bill Kasman
This boundary stone just inside the gate to the vehicle track to West Lomond NO2206 : Gate to vehicle track, Lomond Hills is an excellent example of how these stones originally looked. The vertical grooves which were chiselled into all boundary stones in the park are obvious as are the initials 'WR' and the date 1818 on the top of the stone LinkExternal link. Directly opposite this stone stands another interesting stone NO2206 : Not a boundary stone!.
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NO2206 : Not a boundary stone! by Bill Kasman
This stone is a modern-day monumental stone marking the division of the commonty of Falkland. It stands just inside the gate to the vehicle track which leads to West Lomond and is directly opposite an excellent example of a boundary stone NO2206 : Boundary Stone, Lomond Hills. Like all the boundary stones in the park this stone carries the initials 'WR' and the date 1818 on its top.
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NO2206 : Path across field, Lomond Hills by Bill Kasman
This path runs from the gate to the hill path from Craigmead car park NO2206 : Gate on path to West Lomond to the vehicle track to West Lomond NO2206 : Gate to vehicle track, Lomond Hills crosses the track and heads downhill past Maspie Den to the estate road which runs past the Centre for Stewardship NO2407 : Path on Falkland Estate.
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NO2206 : Gate on track to West Lomond by Bill Kasman
A few metres along the vehicle track to West Lomond NO2206 : Gate to vehicle track, Lomond Hills is this gate with a stile to one side. It is reminder that this vehicle track is not available to visitors' vehicles.
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NO2206 : Sign on track to West Lomond by Bill Kasman
This sign on the vehicle track to West Lomond is self explanatory!
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NO2206 : Path to Maiden Castle, Lomond Hills by Bill Kasman
After it leaves the main path to West Lomond NO2206 : Path to Maiden Castle, Lomond Hills this path heads for a wooded area. The grassy mound of Maiden Castle can be seen peeking out from behind the left-hand side of the woods.
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NO2206 : Path to Maiden Castle, Lomond Hills by Bill Kasman
As the path approaches the edge of the woods it splits into two. That going to the right crosses a stile and joins with a network of paths which explore the woods downhill from this point - one of these paths can be used to visit the Tyndall-Bruce monument. That going to the left skirts the edge of the woods and leads to Maiden Castle.
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NO2206 : Oh deer! by Bill Kasman
This deer fence which surrounds a wooded area downhill on the northern side of the main path from Craigmead car park to West Lomond isn't doing a very good job of keeping deer out of these woods!
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NO2206 : This isn't allowed in the park! by Bill Kasman
This is one of several campfires I have come across on my wanders through the Lomond Hills Regional Park. Camping and open fires are not allowed in most of the park and lighting a fire in a wooded area is irresponsible. This one was in a patch of woods near Maiden Castle.
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NO2206 : Maiden Castle, Lomond Hills by Bill Kasman
From the edge of the woods we see the iron age fort of Maiden Castle LinkExternal link.
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NO2206 : Path to Maiden Castle, Lomond Hills by Bill Kasman
A rough path, faint in places, leads to Maiden Castle.
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NO2206 : Maiden Castle, Lomond Hills by Bill Kasman
A defensive ditch runs pretty much all round the grassy mound of Maiden Castle. A faint path follows it on the outer edge. This is the north side.
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NO2206 : View west from Maiden Castle, Lomond Hills by Bill Kasman
A faint path can be seen progressing over the muir. Passing below the obvious grassy prominence to the right of the image it runs all the way to Craigengaw on the lower northern slopes of West Lomond which can be seen in the distance.
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NO2206 : Path to woods, Lomond Hills by Bill Kasman
Just after a wooden gate on the main track to West Lomond NO2206 : Gate on track to West Lomond at the same point where the path to Maiden Castle begins NO2206 : Path to Maiden Castle, Lomond Hills there is a faint path which follows the treeline for a short distance and then bears left to enter the low woodlands straight ahead and joins a series of low-level paths which explore these woods. It is possible to use one of these paths to visit the Tyndall-Bruce monument on Black Hill from where it is an easy walk down to the Centre for Stewardship in Falkland Estate NO2407 : Path on Falkland Estate and thence to the village.
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NO2206 : Stile near West Lomond by Bill Kasman
The path described in this image NO2206 : Path to woods, Lomond Hills reaches this stile which leads to a network of paths which explore this woodland.
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