Lomond Hills Regional Park
Designated in 1986 under Countryside (Scotland) Act 1981, Fife Regional Park was renamed Lomond Hills Regional Park in 2003, and exists in recognition of the extensive use of the land within its boundary for informal countryside recreation by local communities and visitors to the area.
Lomond Hills Regional Park Partnership is a working partnership of landowners, estate managers, farmers, public sector agencies, individuals and organisations that have an interest in the recreational use and its impact on the day to day life, of the land within and adjacent to the Park boundary.
In two parts, Lomond Hills Regional Park extends over approximately 65 square kilometres of west central Fife, taking in Fife’s highest and most heavily used open countryside. In the east it includes most of the Lomond Hills, parts of the River Leven Valley and Balbirnie Park, while in the west it takes in Lochore Meadows Country Park and its surrounding countryside, including parts of Benarty Hill.
Around its boundary are the communities of Gateside, Strathmiglo, Falkland, the new town of Glenrothes, Leslie and the former mining villages of Ballingry, Lochore, Crosshill and Glencraig, Lochgelly and Kelty .
The most significant resource in the Regional Park is the land itself. Some 1,120 hectares of land is in public ownership, Fife Council having approximately 500 hectares, and Scottish Water 620 hectares. The balance of 5,355 hectares is in private ownership. The principal land uses are Agriculture, Forestry and Water Catchment. The Regional Park is directly involved in the management of public access to this land for a range of informal recreational purposes.
The main public facilities in the Regional Park are at Lochore Meadows Country Park, and the Pitcairn Centre, Glenrothes. Lochore Meadows functions as the main administrative base and primary area for intensive recreational activities within the Regional Park. At Lochore Meadows there is a Visitors Centre which houses staff accommodation, meeting rooms, cafeteria and toilets. Other buildings provide an Outdoor Education Centre and workshops. The Pitcairn Centre is the base for the Ranger Service and Estate Team in the east of the Regional Park, and has workshops, offices and education facilities. In addition to the above the Park has14 car parks, 25 miles of paths and two sets of public toilets.
The Park receives in the order of 600,000 to 800,000 visits each year, approximately 400,000 of these to Lochore Meadows. The most popular activity by far is walking, taking place throughout the Park but with a particular emphasis on the Lomond Hills. Lochore Meadows provides the venue for more intensive recreational uses offering a wide range of activities including watersports, golf, fishing, horse riding, and a children’s adventure play area.
- Location: West Central Fife
- Area: 65 Square Kilometres
- Land Managers 52
- Visits: 600,000 to 800,000
- Communities: 11 adjacent communities; population 75,000
- Population within Park approximately 200
- Population within 5 miles 290,000
- Population within 50 miles 2,400,000
For further information contact Countryside Ranger, Bob Weston, on 01592 742045 or visit our website www.fifecoastandcountrysidetrust.co.uk