In this week’s Willie’s View, “Friend” travel writer Willie Shand looks back on a recent trip to the Fife hills . . .
I wish I had a pound for every time I’ve climbed the Lomond Hills of Fife.
Today, I was indexing the photos I took during a visit to the East Lomond back around the start of April.
I’d left the car in the village of Falkland close to the Palace, and followed the track up through the wooded Maspie Den.
After recent heavy rain, the waterfalls of the wee burn were quite spectacular.
Climbing to Craigmead, it was then along the well-beaten track, past the old lime kilns and on up to the summit. I’m sure it gets steeper every time I climb it!
What grand views there were from the top — away to the higher West Lomond; out over the Firth of Forth to the Bass Rock and North Berwick Law, and north across Fife to the snowy Grampians. A summit indicator helps to identify all the surrounding landmarks.
From the top it was just an easy but steep descent to the woods below, and back into Falkland.
I knew where I’d be heading next. The Hayloft Tearoom does a rare scone and coffee!
To think, that was less than three months ago — how the world has changed since then!
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