West Lomond Hill is the highest point in the county of Fife, and be seen for miles, the hill consists of a volcanic dolerite cone, rising above ground of both sandstone and limestone layers.
The grey limestone can be clearly seen poking out in places, like the formation locally knows as ‘the devil’s knuckle’s’.
In contrast the sandstone around here varies from red to a lovely yellow, and many of the local buildings have been built with this local stone.
This sandstone has been sculpted into some unusual shapes around the lower slopes of the Lomond Hills, being eroded by the wind and rain due to its soft nature, some parts eventually crumbling away as sand.
One example would be 'John Knox's Pulpit’ - a fine area of soft sandstone which I remember being a tunnelled cave when I was younger, however the pulpit has now mostly collapsed into what you see in the pictures now.
Although the Protestant reformer John Knox may never have preached here, it was the scene of Presbyterian services held during the 'Killing Times' in the late 17th Century and is thought to have been a place of worship long before Christianity arrived in Scotland.
As well as wind and rain, we also get erosion caused by running water. With the varying hard and soft rocks, rainwater running off these hills has slowly, over millions of years cut into the land and the running water has made its mark by slowly eroding away the soft sandstone between the hard limestone layers.
Waterfalls and fast running water have pounded away at the rocks slowly wearing them away. In Scotland, such areas with water running at the base of the fissure are called 'Dens'.
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