Walk: Benarty Hill - surprise view from the Sleeping Giant

Fife | Ballingry | Short walk | ★★★★

[View west from Benarty Hill summit, Ochil Hills on the horizon]

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...

[Loch Leven from 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
Features: △ 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; robins everywhere!
Weather: Unbroken sunshine, a few degrees above freezing. Ground frozen with a few snow patches on the plateau.

[Steps ascend immediately from the car park]

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