Walk: A fine Fife stroll at Loch Ore

[Loch Ore]

Just east of the M90 in the heart of the Kingdom of Fife, Lochore Meadows Country Park was born in the 1960s on top of a post-industrial landscape scarred by 7 coal mines. Apart from the conspicuous sight of Mary Colliery's old winding engine, the area's secrets lie submerged by the tranquil waters of Loch Ore. Circumnavigating the 3 miles of shoreline makes for an excellent, easy walk with good opportunities for bird watching, excellent views north to Benarty Hill, and a newish cafe at the finish.

[Heron by the loch]

📌 Walk: A fine Fife stroll at Loch Ore ★★★☆☆
Length: 5 km / 3 miles
Ascent: 10 metres
Points of interest: Loch Ore; Lochore Meadows Country Park
Start / finish: Main car park, Lochore Meadows Country Park, G.R.: NT 171962 ///photo.trio.pulps

Route: Circuit of Loch Ore in either direction (photos generally shown clockwise). Route marked in blue on map here.
Terrain: Good paths, mostly fairly level.
Wildlife today: Mute swans, little grebes, mallards, tufted ducks, coots, robins, grey heron. Cows in adjacent field.
Weather today: Around freezing with a hard frost in the shade; sunny with light winds.

[View from Clune Craig]

Route credit: Lochore Meadows Country Park

[View from the car park]

[Swans]

[Still waters]

[Robin]

[Sun and shade]

[View from the south side of the loch]

[Cobwebs]

[View from the south side of the loch]

[Frost in the shade]

[Swan]

[Good views of Benarty Hill across the loch]

[Looking west across Fife]

[Loch Ore and Benarty Hill]

[Looking east along the loch]

[Woodland paths]

[Lochside path]

[River Ore]

[Cows]

[View from the north side of the loch]

[Looking west from near the finish]

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