|East Lomond, from the B936 highway.|
The steep climb up from the lovely and historic town of Falkland, with a population of just over 1000, is worth every ounce of effort.
|Slick mud - nice to have poles along.|
Leaving the beech forest behind, the path up East Lomond is very clear...
...and offers just one stile to climb over - located simply to test flexibility and balance on the slippery planks. :)
It's a great hike up...
|The view indicator, at the windswept summit.|
The historic town of Falkland, its royal palace of the Scottish kings and its parish church, are set in a perfectly pastoral setting.
|The town of Falkland.|
Descending down the other side of East Lomond, reveals West Lomond, its volcanic summit hidden in the still mist. The layers of limestone beneath the hill walkers feet, created from the shells of ancient creatures, were once part of a sea bed, beneath a warm, tropical sea - located over the equator! Extraordinarily, over the past 345 million years, this part of the earth's crust has shifted north, to modern day Scotland. The fossil of an extinct shark's tooth, a shark that once swam in tropical waters, was found here. Unimaginable!
|West Lomond, with summit under the cover of mist.|
While I strategized, Joan reached into her pack, and handed me one of the two head lamps she had packed. Sheesh. The full traverse of this underground portion of the hike took about...well, 15 seconds.
|The tunnel - well illuminated by the camera flash. It was very dark!|
At the completion of the East Lomond circuit, the Falkland Palace, transformed from a 13th century castle, greets the walker. A tour through would be nice...
|Falkland Castle...a favourite of Mary, Queen of Scots.|
Hiking in the Lomond Hills, highly recommended - there's a little bit of everything.
The fact is, every part of this magnificent planet is wondrous, each in its own way. Whether it's climbing the hills, gazing at the stars, smelling the deep woods after a rain, or listening to the waves break on a shore, we're only here on the planet once - all the more reason to get a feel for the place. :)
We always appreciate you coming by.