- Saturday 23rd March 2019
- The Lomond Hills
Today we decided to keep it local and head to the Lomond Hills for a short walk including some practice with rope work on the crags.
The Lomond Hills, also known out with the locals as the ‘Paps of Fife’ lie in western central Fife and Perth and Kinross, Scotland.
It’s one of Fifes most prominent landmarks.
We were intending to climb Bishop Hill on the north west side, one of the three summits. The west side also has a more rural view compared to the urban east side.
We drove to Scotlandwell, a tiny village to park the car and from here walked the path up to the summit.
It was a pretty steep climb at parts until we were almost at the top then the path rose more gently.
Today we had strong winds, but this was a good thing as we had clear views and in addition the gliders were out in full force from the nearby gliding centre.
From the top, at times, it felt like we were able to reach out and touch them.
Views were lovely and we were able to see Benarty Hill and West Lomond, all overlooking Loch Leven.
We headed to some crags on the hill where a 40 foot high basalt column sits called Carlin Maggie to practice some rope work.
According to local lore Maggie, a witch, had an altercation here with the devil who unleashed a bolt of lightening, turning her to stone.
After our short rope work practice session and of course some lunch we headed over to summit the top and then it was time to head back down.