As rugged and spectacular as they can be tranquil and picturesque, the Campsie Fells, the Ochils and the Lomonds are the most accessible hills in Scotland's Central Belt. Despite their close proximity to Edinburgh, Glasgow and Perth, these three ranges remain a remarkably uncrowded wilderness area. Combining a rich mixture of open moorland peaks, steep sided glens, fast flowing burns and lush woodland, few other areas can treat the hillwalker to such diverse scenery and varieties of animal and plant life in the space of a single day's outing. This guide describes 33 contrasting walks that will take the walker over the three ranges. The majority of these walks are circular.
Map: Location of Walking Areas Introduction Area Guide Flora Mammals Birds Weather History Practicalities How to Use this Guide Planning and Preparation Essential Equipment Hillcraft First Aid Access and the Environment The Ochils Walk 1 Blairdenon Circuit Walk 2 Dumyat Hill Walk 3 Myreton Hill Walk 4 Bengengie Hill and Colsnaur Hill Circuit Walk 5 Ben Cleuch via Ben Buck Walk 6 The Nebit Walk 7 Wood Hill Walk 8 Ben Cleuch Circuit Walk 9 Mill Glen to Dollar Glen Walk 10 Castle Campbell Circuit Walk 11 Tillicoultry to Blackford Walk 12 Innerdownie Ridge Walk 13 Kirk Burn Glen Circuit Walk 14 Seamab Hill Walk 15 Frandy Burn Circuit Walk 16 The Glendevon Reservoirs Walk 17 Steele's Knowe and Eastbow Hill Walk 18 Ben Thrush Circuit Walk 19 Glendevon Forest Circuit Walk 20 The Round of Nine The Campsie Fells Walk 21 Dumgoyne Walk 22 Ballagan Burn Circuit Walk 23 Cort-Ma Law and Lecket Hill Circuit Walk 24 Dungoil Walk 25 Meikle Bin Walk 26 The Corrie of Balglass and Earl's Seat Walk 27 Little Corrie and the Corrie of Balglass Walk 28 Stronend Walk 29 North Third Reservoir The Lomond Hills Walk 30 The Lomond Circuit Walk 31 East Lomond Circuit Walk 32 Glen Vale and West Lomond Walk 33 Benarty Hill Ridge Appendix: Further Information
As a keen outdoor enthusiast, Patrick Baker spends the majority of his free time walking, climbing or scrambling in the Scottish hills. This passion for the outdoors has led to several expeditions in major mountain ranges across Europe and, closer to home, time spent in the mountains of the West Highlands and the Cairngorms and the hills of the Central Scotland is an ongoing source of interest and enjoyment. Patrick lives with his wife in Edinburgh where he works in the publishing industry.
I have just recently purchased this book and done lots of walks from it and it really opened up my local hills to me. Previously there were many hills in the Campsies and the Ochils that I wanted to climb but couldn't figure out a safe route to them from the OS maps but this outstanding book gives you detailed route information all following easy to identify features on the ground to use as navigational handrails, it is well written and uses extracts from the relevant OS maps to illustrate the routes. There are many little known and little walked but spectacular hills featured here that you wont find in any other guidebook. At last an excellent guide book for the Campsies/Ochils and Lomonds. Congratulations to the author. Reviewed on Amazon.co.uk 'It's clear the author knows his subject well and has tramped the hills described in this book very many times. His acquaintance, wisdom and knowledge of the three areas stand out proud. The book is a bargain at GBP10 and for anyone planning to explore the three areas described, there is no better way than taking this book with you.' Scottish Mountaineer magazine / February 2007