• Author: Walk Fife
  • Created: December 21, 2017
  • Updated: December 22, 2017
Route type: Mid-distance Walk
Difficulty grade: Grade 3

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  • Distance Instructions
  • Distance 10.57 km
  • Duration 2 h 38 min
  • AVG speed 4.0 km/h
  • Min altitude 58 m
  • Peak 228 m
  • Climb 197 m
  • Descent 197 m

The farmland surrounding the Lomond Hills offers many enjoyable walks.

This 10.5km easy-going circular route joins the villages of Strathmiglo and Gateside.

The route begins on the Southern outskirts of Strathmiglo in the village hall car parking spot. The village can be reached by the local bus service which stops on the High Street and it is a short walk through the town to the starting point. This walking route involves walking on quiet roads but please remain alert to the possibility of fast moving traffic and farm vehicles.

Walk Fife note: Please abide by the Highway Code for walkers - you can learn more by visiting http://www.ramblers.org.uk/advice/safety/highway-code-for-walkers.aspx

Follow the road West and it follows the base of the Lomond Hills. The view of the hills can be beautiful on a clear summer’s day and quite dramatic on more stormy days. A camera is a good addition to your daypack to capture some of the amazing scenery.

This first stage of the route stretches for 2.5km until it meets the turning right towards Gateside (OS Grid Reference NO 1864 0828). At this point you can carry on following the second stage of the route to visit the remarkable Bunnet Stane (OS Grid Reference NO 1899 0708). This can be very muddy in the wetter months so much sure you are well equipped. If the weather is poor you can choose instead to head into Gateside and continue following the remainder of the route.

If you choose to visit the Bunnet Stane, walk a sort distance West from the road junction and look for the sign posted path next to the car parking spot. The track put to Bunnet Stage crosses through fields that are often occupied by sheep so please take care not to disturb them.

The Bunnet Stane is one of Fife’s most interesting rock natural formations and the subject of many photographs and paintings. Found amongst the formation is the Hermit’s Cave which is interesting little bothy though to have been used by shepherds.

To continue the route follow the path back down to the road and then back towards the road junction and follow the road (Station Road) towards Gateside. The road eventually meets the A91 where you need to turn right and follow the footpath towards Strathmiglo. This third stage leading you back to the starting point is fairly easy walking and approximately 3km in distance.

As you enter Strathmiglo take the first turning right and follow the road down to the High Street where you ned to tuen right and follow the road as it crosses the River Eden and back to the starting point at the car park.

This is a very relaxed and enjoyable walk and ideal for walking with friends or a club.

Route shared with Walk Fife by Tom Murphy.

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