Walk: A fine Fife stroll at Loch Ore

Fife | Lochore | Short walk | ★★★

[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.

[View from Clune Craig]

📌 Walk: A fine Fife stroll at Loch Ore ★★★
Start / finish at main car park in Lochore Meadows Country Park, G.R.: NT 171962 ///photo.trio.pulps

▶ 5 km / 3 mi | ▲ 10 m | ⌚ Short | Easy
Features: Loch Ore; Lochore Meadows Country Park
Terrain: Good paths, mostly fairly level.

Route & map

Circuit of Loch Ore in either direction (photos generally shown clockwise). Route marked in dark blue on map here.

Route credit: Lochore Meadows Country Park
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On our visit

Wildlife: Mute swans, little grebes, mallards, tufted ducks, coots, robins, grey heron. Cows in adjacent field.
Weather: Around freezing with a hard frost in the shade; sunny with light winds.

Chronological photo guide

[View from the car park]


[Still waters]


[Sun and shade]

[View from the south side of the loch]

[Loch Ore]


[View from the south side of the loch]

[View from Clune Craig]

[Frost in the shade]


[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]

[Heron by the loch]

[River Ore]


[View from the north side of the loch]

[Looking west from near the finish]


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