A-Z of Fife’s Hills: W

W – West Lomond

For the final instalment in this series of posts the featured hill will be Fife’s highest point, West Lomond.

There are numerous ways of accessing the 522m West Lomond. The most popular (and hence very busy) route is from Craigmead along a rather boring track. Quieter and more interesting routes are from the Bunnet Stane near Gateside, from Glenvale via John Knox’s Pulpit and the Devil’s Burdens, and from Falkland via the Maspie Den or Arraty Den. The more intrepid walker however will probably enjoy a clamber up the cleft of Craigen Gaw on the northern escarpment. Whichever approach route is used, once at the foot of the hill, the walker then has a choice of a direct ascent up the steep eastern / northern slopes or following the track around to the western side for a more gentle ascent.

The hill’s three geological features of the Bunnet Stane / Maiden’s Bower, Devil’s Burdens and John Knox’s Pulpit are all worthy of a visit and can be included in a circular walk ascending from the Bunnet Stane and descending via Glenvale (or vice versa).

Overview map of West Lomond routes
Red: routes from Glenvale / Bunnet Stane; Yellow: routes from Falkland; Blue: routes from Craigmead; Green: routes from Holl

Multiple routes to, and up, the hill are described on the West Lomond page.

So that’s it, although there is a Yellow Hill in Fife that could have been used for Y, it is not a hill that is likely to appeal to the majority of people being a rather scrubby summit protected by electric fences!

A recap of the A to Z

A: Aberdour (Cullaloe Hills)

B: Benarty Hill

C: Cairnie Hill

D: Drumcarrow Craig

E: East Lomond

F: Fleecefaulds Hill and Flagstaff Hill (note since the post was published the summit of Fleecefaulds Hill has “moved” – check hill-bagging.co.uk for latest information).

G: Glenduckie Hill

H: Hill of Beath

I: Innerdouny Outliers

K: Knock Hill and Saline Hill

L: Lucklaw Hill

M: Mount Hill

N: Norman’s Law

O: Ormiston Hill

P: Park Hill (Cleish Hills)

R: Redwells Hill

S: St Ninians

T: The Binn

U: Upper Largo (Largo Law)

W: West Lomond

Happy exploring!

A-Z of Fife’s Hills: U

Upper Largo (Largo Law)

Unfortunately there are no hills in Fife beginning with U, but the village of Upper Largo is host to the 10th highest hill in Fife, the 290m Largo Law. A very prominent landmark throughout the East Neuk, the hill rises steeply from the surrounding flat farmland.

There are two main summits to the hill, the southern one which is the visible one when approaching the hill and the higher northern top where the trig point is located. Also of note is the 235m Craig Rock to the east, site of hill fort and well worth a visit. As is to be expected of a hill in a flat coastal area, the views from this extinct volcano are superb.

There is a steep and somewhat muddy path directly up the grassy southern flank from Chesterstone Farm (follow the arrows for the path around the farm). It will take a bit of effort to get up the hill but the rewards are worth it.

If taking a dog on the hill, please note the restrictions on the sign at the car park next to the school / cemetery. The hill is used extensively for cattle and sheep grazing.

The Fife Walking Largo Law page provides more information on the hill along with a circular walk from Lower Largo.

A-Z of Fife’s Hills: T

T for The Binn

The Burntisland Binn is a very obvious hill with its craggy cliffs at the back of Burntisland. Despite its local significance (one story is that god put the Binn in its position to protect Burntisland from the cold north winds), it is not actually recognised as a hill in its own right. With less than 30m height loss (prominence) between it and its higher neighbour, Dunearn Hill, it doesn’t make it into the hill lists.

It is though, well worthy of inclusion in any description of Fife hills and from sea level its 193m provides a reasonable leg stretch for the walker. There are numerous routes to the summit including a simple stroll along the access road to the Craigkelly TV mast. An interesting route starts from near Burntisland Golf Club where a path heads up the eastern shoulder of the hill to the now abandoned Binnend Village. Originally built to house workers at the nearby shale oil works it also became something of a holiday destination for a while. Today just a few remains are visible.

The summit of The Binn is a fantastic viewpoint for the surrounding area. Southwards, the cliffs drop away to Burntisland and the expanse of the Firth of Forth. A view indicator sited at the summit helps identify the distant landmarks.

Check out The Binn page on Fife Walking for details of 8 different routes to the summit.