21st October, 2011
Fife's Lomond Hills have nothing to do with the better known loch and Munro of the same name. They form a compact little group rising in a mass out of the rolling farmland east of Loch Leven, with steep rocky escarpments and two distinctive domed summits that can be seen from as far afield as Edinburgh and the Cairngorms (on a clear day). These tops have gained the well-earned nickname the Paps of Fife. Given their prominence surrounded by low ground the summit views are predictably wide ranging. This short circuit on the Lomonds' bigger Pap takes in some interesting geology in the mini ravine of Glen Vale and the freaky rock mushroom of the Bonnet Stane.
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Distance: 5.50 miles (8.85 km)
Total ascent: 399m
Steepest Gradient: 22% (1 in 5)
Time: 2:30 – 3:30 hours (Walking)
SummitsWest Lomond 522 m
Car park on the back road between Gateside and Wester Balgedie, NO172070
Kinross or Glenrothes
Largely clear paths, steep in descent particularly. Some rough pathless going between Glen Vale and West Lomond summit. An easy finish along the road.
Steep enough to be fun in winter conditions.
Weather and Hill Conditions: mwis: Cairngorms & Monadhliath
The nearest you'll get on a bus is Gateside
Kingdom of Fife, 40 Coast and Country Walks, Dan Bailey, pb. Pocket Mountains http://www.pocketmountains.com/product/k...
OS Explorer 369 (1:25,000), OS Explorer 370 (1:25,000), OS Landranger 58 (1:50,000) Directory Listings:
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Visit Scotland Fife (01334 472021); Perth (01738 450 600); Kirkcaldy (01592 267 775)
by Dan Bailey - UKHillwalking.com