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Glenrothes early history

Fife | Glenrothes | Stone circle & henge | ★

Glenrothes is Fife's third largest settlement, a new town built after the Second World War to help with housing demand around Edinburgh. Almost all its shops are housed in the Kingdom Shopping Centre, a useful but labyrinthal complex reminiscent of an airport terminal. It doesn't sound promising, but in Scotland history is never far away. The residential suburb of Balbarg has a 65 metres across, 6,000 year old henge and parts of a stone circle at its centre. There's a further stone circle just across the A92 which is a mere 4,000 years old.

Location & info

📌 Balbirnie Stone Circle ★
Next to the northern access road (Tofthill) for Balbirnie House Hotel, 400 m east of Balfarg suburb but on the other side of the A92, G.R.: NO 286030 ///beginning.miles.lonely
Always open | Free

Anything else? Nearest parking for Balbirnie Stone Circle is just to the south by houses - walk back to the circle along the minor road.

📌 Balfarg Hen…

Walk: Benarty Hill - surprise view from the Sleeping Giant

Fife | Ballingry | Short walk | ★★★★

This is surely one of lowland Scotland's best small hills. The trig point on lowly Benarty Hill - locally known as the Sleeping Giant - sits at the northern edge of a broad area of high ground. A short, steep ascent through trees soon leads to a straightforward amble across the plateau with great views south. But nothing compares to the surprise view of Loch Leven, only revealed upon arrival at the summit...

📌 Walk: Benarty Hill - surprise view from the Sleeping Giant ★★★★
Start / finish at small layby on minor road (more space further along the road) half a mile west of Ballingry, G.R.: NT 159970 ///inversion.formed.fragments

▶ 4 km / 2 mi | ▲ 190 m | ⌚ Short | ⬤ Moderate
Summits: Benarty Hill (356 m, sub-2000')
Terrain: Decent dirt paths, steep at first but rarely muddy, with short section of forestry track

Route & map

Layby - Benarty Hill - return by outward route

Route credit: Walkhighlands
On our visit

Wildlife: Birds in the forest; robin…

Walk: Comrie's devilish cauldron

Perth & Kinross | Comrie | Half day walk | ★★★

The foaming depths of the River Lednock upstream from Comrie soon show the passer-by why these rapids are called the "Deil's Caldron". The whole section of riverside here is usually a bubbling mass of white water, although good views from the path are at a premium. Lord Melville's Monument atop Dun More overlooks the rapids, giving a panorama of the surrounding hills on a clear day. Unfortunately we chose to visit during a snowstorm, which hampered visibility somewhat. We've heard reports that the autumn leaf colours are spectacular here.

📌 Walk: Comrie's devilish cauldron ★★★
Start / finish at car park on School Road, Comrie village centre, G.R.: NN 772221 ///unlimited.dirt.mascots

▶ 8 km / 5 mi | ▲ 260 m | ⌚ Half a day | ⬤ Moderate
Summits: Dun More (256 m) | Features: Comrie; Deil's Caldron; Lord Melville's Monument
Terrain: Good dirt paths: steep ascent of Dun More is occasionally muddy. Open hill t…