• Author: Walk Fife
  • Created: December 14, 2017
  • Updated: December 15, 2017
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Route type: Short Strolls
Difficulty grade: Grade 2

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  • Distance 693 m
  • Duration 10 min
  • AVG speed 4 km/h
  • Min altitude 168 m
  • Peak 208 m
  • Climb 46 m
  • Descent 9 m

Fife is full of historical sites that are hidden from view.

Drumcarrow Broch is one such location and this how walkers can find it.

A broch is a drystone hollow-walled structure constructed during the Iron Age. These structures are thought to be unique to Scotland and archaeologists classify them as being in the "complex atlantic roundhouse" category of dwellings. There are only thought to be a few examples of this form of early dwelling in Fife.

The remains of Drumcarrow Broch is located on top of a rock ridge of Drumcarrow Craig and is considered to be an almost circular broch. The external diameter of the broch is thought to have measured 14m and it thought to have had a wall thickness of up to 5m in places. No internal features survive but there is a faint trace of the doorway which led into the broch on the Eastern side of the site.

Sketch of Drumcarrow Broch

The broch shares it’s hilltop location with a Ordnance Survey Trig Point, a stone cairn and some communication masts and when looking down over the surrounding area, you can understand why it was constructed there as it offers excellent visual coverage of the land below.

It is easy to find and visit Drumcarrow Broch. The site lies approximately 5km South of Strathkinness at OS Grid Reference NO 4592 1320. There is a minor road leading from the village to the field entrance at the base of the craig and there is parking for one small car nearby but please be considerate of farm access and other road users.

In fine weather you can walk from Strathkinness to the craig should you want to extend this walking route.

From the starting point enter the field ensuring you close the gate securely behind you and follow the mast service track as it winds it’s way up to the top of the craig. The path is approximately 700m long and it is easy to walk but it can be muddy in some areas.

When you arrive at the top head towards the trig point and you will begin to see the remains of the broch surrounding it. The Canmore Archive has a entry for the broch on it’s website which provides some more information and images which will help you to interpret the site - https://canmore.org.uk/site/33005/drumcarrow-craig

Although a very short walk, this route is rewarding for those with a interest in early Fife history and it offers some nice views over the Kingdom which many walkers would not of seen before.

Route shared with Walk Fife by Andrew Caird.

View route on OS Maps -
https://osmaps.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/route/1700531/Drumcarrow-Broch-Walk-Fife

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