East Lomond.

Friday 30th September 2011

The Friday forecast for the Fife area was wall to wall sunshine and as it was the last day of September we guessed there wouldn`t be many more days like that this year.We waited until after the rush hour had subsided and then took to the M8 and over the Forth bridge,contoured around Glenrothes and arrived at an unusually empty car park in Falkland.We were sad to see that the bakers shop had fallen victim to the recession and were forced to make do with some awful Spar type stuff by way of breakfast.Never mind,it was scorchio πŸ™‚
The first 600 feet were thankfully in the shade of the trees and we thought it a good idea to stop for a breather at the edge of the forest before venturing forth and braving the merciless Scottish sun.Yep..you heard right πŸ™‚

Looking north from just above the treeline…

View to the north.

We meandered our way up the remaining 600 feet to the summit which was quiet considering the weather and its proximity to Perth,Dunfermline and the like.Just one other couple enjoying the views over to West Lomond and beyond…

Sunbathing in Scotland πŸ™‚

Bobs legs got an airing for the first time since Australia last year πŸ™‚

Bobs legs.

The abnormalΒ  weather seemed to have caused some seasonal confusion with two ladybirds on the summit indicator πŸ™‚

Ladybirds.

West Lomond..

It was far too warm to be racing over hills so we decided to leave West Lomond to it`s own devices as it hadn`t been very long since our last visit there, and wandered down the path for a walk along Maspie Den instead….

Path to West Lomond.

….and followed the back road down to Falkland and back to the car.

Falkland.

Roll on next summer πŸ™‚

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6 Responses to East Lomond.

  1. writesofway says:

    Roll on next summer indeed. It’s been a few years since the last one. That said, it’s been a lovely, bright autumn day here by the Kelvin. Well done Bob for getting your legs out. I used to live in shorts year round down south, don’t think I’ve got my pins out once since moving to God’s Own country…

  2. russell campbell says:

    Nice report and photos, guys. I was in the Lammermuirs that day. Not much sun since then. Bob’s legs remind me of a joke my late father-in-law used to make to my brother-in-law when he wore shorts. – “Watch you don’t get arrested for having no visible means of support.” Of course, this doesn’t apply to you, Bob!
    I think I’ve spotted you in the WalkHighlands website, Alex.

  3. Never actually walked in this part of Scotland yet, but your photos of it are absolutely stunning. I especially like the one of the path to West Lomond – I love the romance of ancient pathways meandering into the distance. Chrissie

    • Fife is usually a safer bet when the weather is a bit unpredictable Chrissie.Not that that happens very often in Scotland.Sadly it is usually predictable πŸ™‚
      I think it is an old Roman road if I remember correctly.Certainly has that look about it,doesn`t it ?
      Alex.

  4. kenny@fatdogwalks.com says:

    Last time we were up there we just about got blown off. I remember wrapping my arms around that cylindrical indicator and holding on for grim death with my legs streaming out behind me. Windiest day we ever encountered on a hill.

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