|Looking back at East Lomond, en route to the summit cairn of West Lomond.|
with medieval castles by the sea...
|Dunnottar Castle, near Stonehaven.|
|The Deil's Head, Arbroath.|
Back to the two most recent hill climbs - West Lomond and Largo Law.
Down in the Kingdom of Fife, we discovered that there are a number of ancient volcanoes, including East Lomond and West Lomond. Having hiked up their higher and distant "cousin", Ben Lomond, last June, and EL, a couple of weeks ago, it seemed only right to finish the project and get up WL - producing a Canadian-style, "Lomond hat-trick". Then, the following day, we would, have a quick jaunt up Largo Law, another volcanic hill further to the east.
At 522 m or 1,713 ft, West Lomond is the highest point in Fife. Sometime, between 800 BC and the 5th century, an Iron Age fort was established there as was the case on so many prominent hills. It's easy to see how the imagination and the "mind's eye" can get really well-exercised here!
|Approaching West Lomond.|
On the approach trail, an old boundary marker caught our eye with the inscription WR 1818. Back in the day, Sir William Rae, a King's Commissioner, had the job of surveying the land. By an act of Parliament in 1815, commoners could no longer use the land for their own purposes. Parcels were divided up among privileged local land owners. Thankfully, with Scottish access rights, hill walkers (today's "commoners"?) are now free to wander, and enjoy all the land.
|195 year-old boundary marker.|
|East Lomond (foreground) and Largo Law, from West Lomond.|
|Same view, zoomed in, Largo Law in the distance.|
|Looking west from West Lomond...|
snow-covered Ben Lomond (centre right).
|Trig point on West Lomond.|
|Campbell's in Falkland.|
It also featured a couple of broken "kissing gates" to clamber over, a rumoured bull in the field, and a metal fence that had to be untied - without letting the sheep out. We were most appreciative that the kind farmer, who happened to be there, assisted with the latter. I hope he doesn't have to do that very often as it must get frustrating. A simple stile would probably make it easier for both parties.
|The feisty little volcanic plug - the route was much steeper than it looks!|
|Cairn on Largo Law and yours truly, and evidence of another Iron Age fort.|
Simply holding the camera steady was a chore!
|Trig on LL, Joan hanging on in the wind - again!|
|Fields of the Kingdom of Fife and the North Sea.|
Sometimes in life, we "under-estimate" - whether it be hills or, more importantly, ourselves or others. We base our expectations on variables we may not fully understand. Largo Law seemed like a gentle little "bump" on the landscape, hardly worth the drive down. It surprised us.
As is often the case, our under-estimation might have left this treasure of an experience undiscovered. This feisty little hill offered a challenging couple of hours of physical exercise, a dramatic panorama at the top, and a rewarding outdoor, self-propelled adventure. It's true. There's more to life than is sometimes apparent.
Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of the "Little House" series of children's novels, offered this gem of wisdom:
"Persons appear to us according to the light
we throw upon them from our own minds."
It's the same for hills.
As always, a good reminder from the world outdoors.