A great route up West Lomond is from the north west. Although well used it is far far quieter than the “tourist route” from Craigmead. It also offers a lot of geological interest.
Distance: 8.4 km / 5.2 miles
Ascent: 400 m / 1300 feet
Terrain: grassy hill paths, steep in places
Facilities: limited parking at either the Bunnet Stane or Glenvale.
Start from the small layby at NO 185 068 where there is parking. The path initially heads south east across the fields to the area of the Bunnet Stane and Maidens Bower. After exploring these rock formations pick up the path that goes steeply up the side of the hill. Keep on this path as it turns left to follow a fence along the hillside and then turns right to bring you steeply up the hill. You will emerge on to a flat area of moorland with West Lomond to your right.
A path is now forming across this area which will join with the main track from Craigmead. Once on this track you have the option of following it around West Lomond to the west side where the gradient is easier or ascend the hill directly up its north side.
From the summit descend on a narrow path in a south westerly direction. Cross a substantial stile and continue downhill to the area of the Devil’s Burdens. Pick your way around this area, looking back and to your right to see the best of the rocks and find the narrow path through the heather. Follow this path until it brings you down into Glenvale. Turn right to continue downhill. There used to be paths on both sides of the burn here, but recently there has been erosion and nowadays the main path is down the left side. As you proceed downwards look across the over side of the burn for John Knox’s Pulpit.
The path winds its way down the hill finishing up passing through woodland to meet with the quiet Dryside Road. Turn right on the road. After 200m you will see a small car park which can be used as an alternative start point. Continue along the road until you reach the layby you started from.
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This route was first published by Fife Walking in May 2016.
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