Date(s) - 09/06/2013
8:00 am - 8:00 pm

Walk Details

Pub Stop?: Yes
O/S Map Sheet No.: 58 and 59
Grid Ref. Start: 281067
Grid Ref. Finish 128018
Walk (Miles): 14
Walk Hours: 7
Bus Time to Walk:2.5
Bus Time from Walk: 2
Departure time from walk: 1730

Walk Notes

Todays outing takes us into the Kingdom of Fife and Kinross-shire, where we have the option of 2 walks. We can traverse the Lomond Hills from Freuchie to Kinross Pier OR enjoy a low level walk around the recently formed Loch Leven Heritage Trail. Both walks will finish near the Boathouse Bistro at the Kinross Pier car park.

  1. Lomond Hills Traverse. The East and West Lomond Hills together with Bishop Hill form the largest area of high ground in the middle of Fife. The walk commences at the village carpark of Freuchie (NGR 281 067) where we head SW’wards out of the village through Freuchie Den towards Little Freuchie, along the north side of a small stream which crosses under the A912 Muirhead to Falkland main road. Turn left (SE’wards) along this main road for about 200m. Turn right onto an unclassified road and head uphill for approximately 2 miles to the summit of East Lomond (424m), passing a picnic site on Purin Hill en route. From the summit on a clear day, one gets great views to the north, of Falkland Palace and its surrounding buildings. Descend from the summit on a good path and head W’wards towards an unclassified road and picnic site (NGR 228 062) near Craigmead. Continue W’wards passing Miller’s Loch to the south. Your route eventually veers SW’wards near Craigen Gaw and climbs quite steeply to the summit of Wester Lomond (522m). Pick up a path which descends from the summit into Glen Vale where a right of way path veers around the northern slopes of Bishop Hill to Glen Lomond and Wester Balgedie near the A911 (Glenrothes to Milnathort road). Turn right and walk W’wards for about 500 m towards Channel Farm where a yellow waymarker post guides you S’wards towards the red route of the Heritage Trail which is followed around the north and west sides of the loch to our bus parked near Kinross Jetty.                                          Walking distance approx. 14 miles.
  2. Loch Leven Heritage Trail. The walk commences at Vane Farm RSPB Nature Centre (NGR 160 990) where we descend through a tunnel below the B9097 road and follow the red route E’wards towards Findatie and the River Leven cut. Head N’wards towards Levenmouth and the Gliding Club airfield with lovely views of St. Serf’s Island. Stay on the red route along the north eastern shore of Loch Leven passing Grahamstone and Easter Balgedie on your right. After passing Carsehall Bog, we pass the yellow route path coming SW’wards from Channel Farm, but we stay on the red route. Our red route now swings southwards at a carpark near Burleigh Sands overlooking Scart Island and continues along the east side of the golf course towards the carpark near Kinross Jetty (NGR 128 018) with fine views towards Castle Island.  Walking distance approx. 8 miles.