• Author: Walk Fife
  • Created: February 23, 2018
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Route type: Mid-distance Walk
Difficulty grade: Grade 3

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  • Distance Instructions
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  • Distance 5 km
  • Duration 1 h 13 min
  • AVG speed 4 km/h
  • Min altitude 61 m
  • Peak 199 m
  • Climb 193 m
  • Descent 193 m

The Fife landscape is covered with evidence of our ancient ancestors.

A good example of the early residents of the kingdom can be found on top of Glenduckie Hill.

The hill is home to the ruins of a fort and small homestead and is easily accessible by walkers.

This route begins at a road side parking spot just off the A913. Leaving the starting point cross the road and make your way towards the hamlet of Glenduckie.

Once you reach the centre of the hamlet veer left along the farm track and pass hr old quarry workings on the right. The track will take up cup and around the hill and at a sharp right bend in the track you will be able to access the hill top - OS Grid Reference NO 2821 1940.

When you reach the hill top you will start to see evidence of the fort. The circular fort was surrounded by a single rampart and ditch and occupied an area of the hill top measuring approximately 130m x 40m which can be clearly seen in the earth works. The entrance of the fort can be faintly seen in the North East quadrant of the fort.

The homestead can be found a short distance to the South West of the fort and you can see evidence of the circular hut on the surface.The ht was thought have been approximately in 19m diameter and there is evidence to suggest that the wall was around 2m thick. You can also see the remains of a wall that surrounds the hut.

Whether or not this settlement was connected to the nearby hill fort that can be found on the nearby Norman’s Law is something that has been lost to time but from walking around the ruins you can understand why our ancestors chose this hill top to build their little settlement as it commands a good view of the surrounding countryside and the Firth of Tay.

The Canmore Archive has a brief entry for the hill fort and homestead on it’s website - https://canmore.org.uk/site/30060/glenduckie-hill

After exploring the hill top head back to the path you walked in on. From here you can either follow the route in back down to Glenduckie or carry on following the track as it skirts it’s way around the circumference of the hill and returns you back into the hamlet and then on to your start point.

Route shared with Walk Fife by Andrew Caird.

View route on OS Maps -
https://osmaps.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/route/1861384/Glenduckie-Hill-Fort-Walk-Fife

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