A varied route that takes in some of the highlights of the Falkland area including Falkland Hill (East Lomond), the lime kiln, site of the Maiden Castle fort, Bruce Tyndall Monument, Temple of Decision, Yad Waterfall and the Maspie Den. The walk is over varied terrain mostly on path with some steep sections on East Lomond. A short section over moorland may require basic navigation skills in poor visibility although a forest alternative is possible for this section.
Distance: 10 km / 6.5 miles
Ascent: 500 m / 1600 feet
Start / finish: Falkland
Facilities: parking at the Back Wynd car park in Falkland, refreshments and toilets in Falkland. Toilets at the Craigmead picnic area, refreshments at the Stables.
Start from the site of the old factory building (now demolished) on Well Brae at the top of the town. Parking is available nearby at the library / community centre on Back Wynd.
The path for East Lomond starts from the right hand side of the factory site. Keep to the right hand path where you see the signpost for the Lomond Hills. Soon after, there is the start of a set of steps on your left hand side. These steps take you steeply up the side of the hill through the trees, past a small reservoir on your right. There is about 125m of ascent up the steps before you reach a gate which takes you out on to the open hillside.
The path continues onwards and upwards with a further 150m of ascent and passes through another gate before reaching the summit with its viewpoint indicator. Take a well earned rest at the summit whilst enjoying the views. With the hard work now behind you desend in a westerly direction. The main path is very eroded and steep, you may find it easier going, to keep to the left aiming for the trig point on the southern slope, before turning west to rejoin the main path. Continue downhill on a well used path to reach a gate.
After the gate you join a wide track where you turn right to continue westwards. A gate on your left leads to a well preserved lime kiln which is worth a short detour. From this point it is about 1km on the wide track to reach the car park at Craigmead which could be used as an alternative start point for this walk. There are picnic tables and toilets at Craigmead along with information boards.
Go through the car park to the far end where you can follow a path through the trees to a grassy track. Turn left on the track (red arrow) until you join a landrover track at a metal gate. Cross the broken wall on the opposite side of the landrover track at a convenient point out on to the open tussocky moorland. You should be able to pick up a rough path to make negotiating the tussocks easier, but if not, keep to the right of the high ground.
Aim towards the forest in front of you but don’t go through the gate (see alternative). Turn left to follow a path along the forest edge to the corner of the forest. From this point head north west to reach the grassy hummock of the Maiden Castle fort. Beyond the Maiden Castle the path continues across the moorland to reach a stand of three larch trees. If you can’t find the path, aim for the group of three trees (not the solitary pine). Once past the trees head north west to the corner of the forest where the pine trees in front of you meet the spruce trees on your right. At the forest corner, follow the grass path between the two forests, negotiating a gate arrangement (easily climbed). Hop over the wooden style on your left after the gate, on to a forest path.
An alternative to the rough moorland, which you may prefer if visibility is poor, is to go through the forest gate/style into the forest. From here an easily followed (although sometimes muddy) path goes through the forest, exiting over a deer style opposite the wooden style. The only tricky bit is to turn left on at a crossroads on the path 250m after entering the forest. The remaining walk through the forest in a roughly northerly direction is approximately 700m.
Follow this path steeply downhill to join a surfaced forest path/track. Turn left onto this track and go downhill to the Tyndall Bruce Monument. Turn left and then right on the tracks to reach the monument.
After leaving the monument return initially in the direction from which you came, until you reach a junction with a red marker post. Keep left at this junction (you came from the right) to reach another junction where you now turn right following a marker post. 200 m after this junction you will reach the remains of the Temple of Decision.
Continue past the temple ruins on a good path for 150 m to a point where the path turns right. At this point a rather muddy path leads off to your left through the trees. Follow this muddy path to reach an open field (may have livestock grazing). Cross the field (diagonally downhill) to reach a gate on the far side. The gate and a short path section lead to a well made path above the Maspie Den.
Turn right on to this path and after about 50 m a steep path goes downhill to your left. You should by now be able to hear the sound of the Yad Waterfall. Go down the path to reach the waterfall where the path passes behind the fall itself.
The path now continues downhill following the burn, which it crosses on a number of occasions using wooden bridges. When you reach the lower glen, keep to the left hand side of the burn (ignore a sign pointing towards the Stables) and you will reach yet another feature of the Maspie Den. The tunnel ahead of you can be bypassed by keeping left and walking over it if you are not keen on dark tunnels. Although short, the tunnel does curve in the middle so you cannot see all the way through it.
After emerging from the tunnel you will pass under another stone road bridge with a double arch structure before the path crosses a stone footbridge to reach Falkland House.
From here the route back to Falkland is fairly obvious along the road but if you want to avoid a stretch of tarmac walking then keep right at the Y junction but don’t go up the steps. The path will take you through the woodland parallel to the road for a while. When it joins the road turn right and then turn left over a bridge towards the cricket ground. Immediately go right on a path beside the burn. Keep to the north side of the burn until the path starts to leave the burn. At this point takes the smaller path to stick close to the burn. Walk through a play area and out onto an access road. This road leads past a few houses and back into Falkland. Turn right to go past the Stag Inn then left onto the main road to return to the centre of the village.
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