East Lomond is only 1,424 feet high, not even as big as its near neighbour – West Lomond, but the walk up will give your lungs a wee workout and the views from the top are excellent, west to the Ochil Hills, south to the Southern Uplands and north to the Highlands.
DISTANCE: 2½ miles / 4km.
HEIGHT CLIMBED: 1,250ft / 380m.
TIME: 1½ to 2½ hours.
MAP: OS Landranger 58 and 59.
PARK: There is plenty of parking in the centre of Falkland.
THE ROUTE: Leave the centre of Falkland by going up Cross Wynd, which starts at the Bruce Fountain. At the top of the road follow a track into woodland, keeping right when a track goes left to a cottage. Shortly after this go left, up steps which lead you to a path past a Scottish Water plant.
Keep going uphill and at the next junction go straight ahead, following a sign for “Footpath to Lomond Hills.” After a few hundred yards a series of steps lead up to the top of the woodland and a gate. Go through this to reach open hillside and follow a path to the right which heads straight for the obvious dome of East Lomond ahead.
The path leads to a gate and on the other side a steep clamber awaits. You can go straight up the hillside in front of you or head left before turning right for an easier gradient. Either way leads to the view indicator at the summit. And the views really are excellent – from Arthur’s Seat, across the Firth Forth, to the south, to Highland Perthshire and Angus, across the Firth of Tay, to the north.
There are many paths around here but if the aim of the day is a short, winter walk up to a great point then the best option is to return the way you came.