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Glenrothes early history

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Fife | Glenrothes | Stone circle & henge | ★ [Balfarg Henge, Glenrothes] 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. [Robin on one of Balbirnie Stone Circle's stones] 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 💬 Nearest parking for Balbirnie Stone Circle

Walk: Comrie's devilish cauldron

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Perth & Kinross | Comrie | Half day walk | ★★★ [Wet snow falling at the Deil's Caldron] 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. [The "view" from Dun More during a snowstorm] 📌 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 Features: Comrie; Deil's Caldron; △ Dun More (256 m)