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 ★★
▶ 4 km / 2 miles | ▲ 190 metres
Summits: Benarty Hill (356 metres, sub-2000')
Start / finish: Layby on minor road west of Ballingry, G.R.: NT 159970 ///inversion.formed.fragments

Route: Layby - Benarty Hill - return by outward route
Terrain: Decent dirt paths, steep at first but rarely muddy, with short section of forestry track
Wildlife today: Birds in the forest - robins everywhere
Weather today: Unbroken sunshine, a few degrees above freezing. Ground frozen with a few snow patches on the plateau.
Anything else? Layby only has space for a couple of cars - more space further along the road.

[Steps ascend immediately from the car park]

Route map

Route credit: Walkhighlands


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