logo Walking Britain

Fife Walk
West Lomond from Craigmead

County/Area - Fife

Author - Lou Johnson

Length - 5.0 miles / 8.1 km    Ascent - 740 feet / 224 metres

Time - 3 hours 10 minutes    Grade - easy/mod

Start - OS grid reference NO227062
Lat 56.242019 // Long -3.248818
Postcode KY6 3HH (approx. location only)
what3words start fetching.admire.impaired

Maps Ordnance Survey Logo Anquet Maps Logo

Ordnance Survey Explorer 370Sheet Map1:25kBUY
Anquet OS Explorer 370Digital Map1:25kBUY

It is recommended you take a map. The preferred scale is 1:25k.

Walk Route Description

Photo from the walk - West Lomond from Craigmead

This walk to the summit of West Lomond (Fife) takes you to the highest point in the Lomond Hills and Fife. West Lomond has volcanic origins and its conical outline is a prominent feature in the landscape. The route follows well-used paths and your efforts are rewarded with extensive views east across the Lomond Hills and west over Loch Leven. For most of the route your objective is in sight, a rocky cone rising above the moorland.

The walk starts from Craigmead car park (grid ref. NO227062) which is located a few miles south-west of Falkland. The route starts from the right had rear corner of the car park to the left of the public toilets. Follow the clear path through the trees and turn left across grass soon following a wall on your right. At the corner of the field go through the gap and join a wider path with a wall on your right.

The clear path/track continues across moorland to reach another wall. Continue alongside the wall for a short distance and then cross Forthear Burn. After passing through a gap in a wall, the path continues over rising ground heading for the lower slopes of the north flank of West Lomond. The path then loops around to the left gaining height to reach the summit of the hill with its OS trig column marking the highest point.

After enjoying the view retrace your outward route back to the start. One point to note is that in descent ensure you take the right-hand path where the track continues between walls (grid ref. NO222064). If time and energy permit, you can continue to the summit of East Lomond which is in view for much of this walk - go to East Lond from Craigmead walk.



Other walks nearby

Walk 3281 East Lomond from Craigmead - easy - 2.5 miles/4.1 km

Walk 3280 West Lomond from near Gateside - moderate - 6.8 miles/11.1 km

Walk 1562 Elie to Pittenweem - Fife Coastal Path - easy - 6.0 miles/9.8 km

Walk 1558 Out Head & West Sands, St Andrews - easy - 3.0 miles/4.9 km

Walk 1979 Culross Heritage - easy - 1.5 miles/2.4 km

Walk 1563 Pittenweem to Crail - Fife Coastal Path - easy - 4.5 miles/7.3 km

Walk 1700 Edinburgh - Royal Mile, Arthur's Seat & Princes Street - easy - 5.5 miles/8.9 km

Walk 1803 Edinburgh - Salisbury Crags and the Royal Mile - easy - 4.0 miles/6.5 km

Walk 2061 Edinburgh - Calton Hill and the city centre - easy - 3.0 miles/4.9 km

Walk 2222 Ben Cleuch from Tillicoultry - moderate - 7.0 miles/11.4 km

Recommended Books & eBooks

The National Trails

The National TrailsThis inspirational guidebook looks at each of the UK's 19 National Trails, with information that allows ease of comparison and contrast, inspiring you to find out more and to take up a long-distance challenge. Some Trails are short and easy, others much longer, many have strong themes - they may follow a coastline, or traverse ranges of hills.
More information

Map and Compass

Map and CompassAn instructive guidebook explaining map and compass techniques, to help readers enhance their outdoor experiences. Whether you are experienced in map-reading, or have never used a compass before, this guidebook will sharpen your skills and have you exploring new areas in no time. There are also tips for GPS and digital mapping technologies.
More information

Social Media

Follow Walking Britain for the latest news.

Facebook Twitter

Mountain Weather

Stay safe on the mountains with detailed weather forecasts - for iOS devices or for Android devices.

Digital Mapping Guide

Digital Mapping Guide - a simple guide of how to start using digital mapping. Includes advice and useful links.