A to Z of Fife’s Hills : E

East Lomond (Falkland Hill)

This is possibly the most well known hill in Fife and as such attracts many visitors to its summit viewpoint. At 448m it has the distinction of being the second highest hill in the Kingdom.

There are numerous routes by which the walker can reach the summit. For the walker who “doesn’t do hills” it is possible to drive up to the high car park on its eastern slopes from where it is a straightforward walk with less than 100m of ascent (climbing) to reach the summit. Other popular and busy routes start from Craigmead and Falkland. Much quieter are the approaches from the south starting from the Pitcairn / Formonthills area of north Glenrothes.

The summit was the site of an iron age fort and there have been recent excavations on the site. The Living Lomonds Partnership has produced an artist’s impression of what the site may once have looked like.

A well preserved lime kiln sits at the foot of the hill on its south western flank. A wander around this site makes a worthwhile addition to an ascent of the hill.

Check out Fife Walking’s East Lomond page for more information on routes up this hill.