Walk of the week: Maspie Den

Length of route: 4.5 km
Starting point: NO 253 073 – parking and toilets near by
Suitable for: Walking
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This is a short ramble through the countryside around the Royal Burgh of Falkland. We did this walk as a family with a friend: both of my sons loved the walk as there is lots to see and do on the route. Falkland is dominated by the impressive Falkland Palace which was built by James IV of Scotland in 1500 on the site of a much older castle dating back to the 12th century.

The walk starts in the middle of Falkland at NO 253 703 where there is parking and toilets. Turn left out of the car park and head up the lane towards the old Smith Anderson factory (Smith Anderson are the largest paper bag manufacturer in the UK! Now based in Kirkcaldy). Follow the road as it wanders up to Lomond Side house. Turn right after the house and follow the footpath as it wanders up the side of a small burn. This is a very good path and well maintained. At the top of the path, before entering Douk Plantation, there is a large beech lined track which goes off to the West: Faulds Road. Follow this track for 700m until you enter Bluebrae plantation. Take the track that wanders down the hill for 300m until you emerge on the road almost opposite the Mill Burn. Follow this road to the left until you get to a corner with another track going off to the right. Follow this track as it descends into Maspie Burn. This area of the walk was initially set up by the Falkland estate in the 19th century as a showcase.

lunch at maspie glen

Cross the stone bridge over the Maspie Burn and head though a gap in the wall to your left. Ignore the first wooden bridge you come across to your left and stick to the bottom of the Burn, crisscrossing the Burn over wooden bridges. You pass a small waterfall after 200m, be careful here as the path can get slippy. Follow the path and you eventually get to the top of the Maspie Den and reach a bigger waterfall. The cliff behind the waterfall is deeply undercut which means you can easily walk behind the waterfall following the path as it ascends gently up to the right hand side of the glen.

not much water

We had to stop at the waterfall and take lots of pictures!

Once you have climbed the right hand side of the glen take the right turn at the T junction and follow the path as it descends gradually towards Westfield farm. You eventually reach the large stone bridge you crossed as you initially entered the glen. This time you’re heading down the glen towards the school at House of Falkland. There are several more bridges and an exciting tunnel on this short 300m section of the walk. My boys enjoyed using my head torch to go for an explore through the tunnel!

Cross the Maspie Burn and follow the path around the side of the School until you join a tarmacked road with the school playing fields opposite you. Follow this road back towards Falkland keeping an eye out for the ruined church, interesting stable buildings and a great gate house. There are several cafes in Falkirk and a pub or two providing suitable post-walk refreshment to meet all tastes!

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