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From the car park head towards Falkland village. When you reach the monument in the centre of High Street at Falkland Parish Church*, turn right along Cross Wynd which later becomes East Loan. Follow the way-markers for the Lomond Hills along a private road and up a long set of steps. Eventually you reach a gate which leads onto the open hillside. Follow the clear path uphill to the summit. Descend south to pick up the wide track between East and West Lomond. Optional short de-tour to see the site of an old limekiln just off-path (signposted). When you reach Craigmead Car Park continue straight past the toilet block and then turn right to return to Falkland via Maspie Den. Inside the woods keep left at any forks to walk along a high-level footpath at the edge of the trees. Just over half a mile from the toilet block, look out for two small footpaths leading off to the right of the main path (they are easy to miss!). Take the second one, which descends steeply and emerges at the Yad waterfall. After passing behind the waterfall continue downhill on an uneven track which winds it’s way back and forth across the burn several times using a variety of footbridges. The rocky path becomes a wider red earth track where it passes through some fir trees. At this point look out for a more minor track leading downhill to the right and follow this. You will walk across a wooden footbridge built beneath a stone bridge and just after this there is a crossroads. Here you have a choice: 1)turn right to take the route which passes through the tunnel, or 2)to avoid the tunnel turn left initially, passing a large boulder with ‘Maspie Den 1/3 mile’ written on it, then immediately right. This path walks you over the top of the tunnel. After passing a large building take the right fork and continue along this track until you reach a minor road. Turn right and after a short distance you will reach the Centre for Stewardship car park.
I kept hearing tales about the Lomond Hills and have to admit that I ignorantly assumed they were somewhere around Loch Lomond. When I did a bit of digging and realised that they in fact belong to Fife they immediately moved higher up my must-visit list. Not that I have a problem with Loch Lomond, but I am regularly in Fife! Then a friend posted a photo on social media of herself standing on a path which ran behind a waterfall and the name ‘Maspie Den’ became etched in my mind. Fast forward a couple of months and I realised that the Lomond Hills and Maspie Den are in the same area….. and the rest is history!
Although this walk was only 4.5 miles it took us the whole afternoon at a leisurely pace. It is not a walk to be rushed! First of all the quaint little village of Falkland provided numerous photo opportunities; then the ascent of East Lomond (448m / 1469ft) proved to be pretty steep and slippery and despite having chosen a rainy day for our first hill walk together, we stopped frequently to take photos; and finally the quirky and stunningly beautiful Mapsie Den captured our attention for longer than we had anticipated with it’s waterfalls, the tunnel (which we were both too chicken to walk through!) and the opportunity for a ‘Dirty Dancing’ moment….
Maspie Den…. 😀