• Author: Walk Fife
  • Created: January 18, 2018
  • Updated: January 19, 2018
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Route type: Long Distance
Difficulty grade: Grade 3

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  • Distance Instructions
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  • Distance 14 km
  • Duration 3 h 22 min
  • AVG speed 4 km/h
  • Min altitude 28 m
  • Peak 124 m
  • Climb 184 m
  • Descent 184 m

A countryside walk of just over eight and a half miles, on the eastern edge of Glenrothes.

This walk can be started on the main streets of either Milton and, Coaltown of Balgonie or Markinch railway station car park.

I started from Milton of Balgonie at the Bus Stop on the main street at the east of the Village.

Take the farm road to the side of the Bus Stop and follow it as it crosses a bridge over the River Leven. Take the track to the left as it curves slightly upwards to the left. Continue on the farm track passing various farm buildings, (Balfour Mains) until a sharp right turn is reached. Carry on along this track turning right, left then left again onto Cardowrie Loan.

Follow Cardowrie Loan to another sharp right turn, carry on along the Loan passing through Byresloan Farm to a crossroad of tracks. Carry on ahead over the bridge that crosses the railway line take the second path on the right that takes you into Coaltown of Balgonie and its Main Street.

Cross carefully over the Main St and turn left onto School Rd follow it all the way past the school and playing fields, over the bridge that again crosses the main Dundee railway line. Once over the bridge turn sharply left onto a path that leads all the way to the busy A911 Glenrothes to Leven road. This is an extremely busy road at most times of the day, (SO PLEASE TAKE CARE CROSSING OVER!).

Walk Fife note: Please abide by the Highway Code for walkers - you can learn more by visiting http://www.ramblers.org.uk/advice/safety/highway-code-for-walkers.aspx

Take the tarmac path under the Viaduct and cross over to the tarmac path on the opposite side of the road back under the Viaduct. At this side a track leads you left up steps alongside the Viaduct, eventually turning under the railway line to the Markinch Stations' Car Park.

From the Car Park head to Markinch High St, travel the length of the High St to where it turns left and go straight ahead onto Glass St. Once on Glass St turn right onto Kirk Wynd then right again onto Manse Rd, following the road as it merges into Northall Rd, eventually taking you under and though a railway arch. The path continues upwards passing the old Cemetery and a small Copse, bordering Cuinin Hill on your left. Ahead the path opens out and passes a cottage, the path turns right at a signpost to Braes Loan. Follow this path to an information board and viewpoint, (a good place to stop and appreciate the view) carry on left through Dalginch Farm.

Once through the Farm follow the farm track left carefully onto the Kennoway to Markinch road. (Be aware at times this unpaved stretch of road can be busy!!) follow it east passing the Star road turning and turn right onto Treaton Farm track.  Follow this track left then right through the Farm all the way south as the path turns again left then right to the busy A911 Glenrothes to Leven road.

Take care again crossing the busy Glenrothes to Leven road. Once over the road turn right to follow the remains of the old road into Milton of Balgonie, returning to my start point at the Milton of Balgonie Bus Stop.

Milton and Coaltown of Balgonie both offer good meal options at their respective Pubs. The Milton has 43 Main Street, while the Coaltown has The Balgonie Arms. I can only comment on The Balgonie Arms, having visited often and always enjoyed their meals. 43 Main Street offers a more sophisticated menu, with prices higher than those of The Balgonie Arms. The Coaltown offers more amenities than the Milton. Markinch has more to offer than both the Balgonies, it is rich in history and amenities.

Local walks and historical information can be found at Markinch Heritage Group's website, which can be found at (http://www.markinchheritage.org.uk). It is a mine of information on all things about Markinch and its surrounding area. (It even offers a phone app covering parts of this walk).

There are three Geocaches on this route there used to be more, but I noticed that there has been a recent purge of old caches by the administrators of the Geocaching website around this area of Fife.

Route shared with Walk Fife by Mick Fife.

View route on OS Maps -
https://osmaps.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/route/1781007/Markinch-Milton-and-Coaltown-of-Balgonie-Circular-Walk-Fife

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