• Author: Walk Fife
  • Created: May 4, 2018
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Route type: Long Distance
Difficulty grade: Grade 2

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  • Distance Instructions
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  • Distance 22 km
  • Duration 5 h 24 min
  • AVG speed 4 km/h
  • Min altitude 21 m
  • Peak 132 m
  • Climb 275 m
  • Descent 276 m

I have lived in St Andrews for the past 2o years and as a walker it is a brilliant place to be based.

This 22km route follows some of the roads that connect the surrounding villages to the town.

Before I continue with the description I must point out that the majority of this route does involve walking along the edge of some busy roads and is not one for those of you who prefer quite country lanes and tracks. While some of the roads are busy there are parts of this route which are quite peaceful to stroll along and some segments do have pathways.

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

The starting point for this walk is the car park on Argyle Street which is short distance form the town’s. Our little group of walkers often begin our walks from this point as it is easy to find for new members joining our group for the day. Leaving the car park head west along Argyle street and after approximately 1k veer left in to Hepburn Gardens.

From this point simply follow the road for the next 8-9km as it makes its’ way out of the town and into the countryside and leads you onwards to the village of Pitscottie. The path along side the road stops at Craigtoun Meadows but the grass verges are wide enough to step up on should you need to avoid oncoming traffic. The views over the fields are nice and there are plenty of wee walls along the way to sit upon for a break.

The road will eventually end at junction and you need to turn left (OS Grid reference NO 4214 1341) and after a short distance you will enter the village of Pitscottie. As you enter the village look for the turning right (signposted Cupar) and head in to it. There is a nice cafe on this road which is a perfect place to stop and recharge with a cuppa and a sandwich.

If upon reaching Pitscottie you may have decided that you have had enough enjoyment for the day and if this is the case you can easily catch a bus from the village back to St Andrews. The bus service is fairly regular and the bus stop is situated on the main road (OS Grid reference NO 4166 1307).

If you want to carry on then leave the cafe and follow the road signposted for Kemback as it runs alongside the picturesque Dura Den. The first short section of the road does not have a path so take particular care along this stretch as there are some blind bends in the road but thankfully after a short distance a path begins and it takes you directly into the village of Kemback.

Upon arriving in the village look of a turning right signposted for Kemback Church. This road will eventually give way to a track and will lead you to the next village, Thornbank, and onwards to Blebocraigs. At the red telephone box on the edge of the village veer right and head down the road towards the B939 where you need to turn left and follow it as it heads back towards the coast. At this junction there is another opportunity to hop on a bus back to St Andrews.

This last stretch is approximately 7km and the road busier than the other roads walked so far so again please take care. This road will lead you into St Andrews and back to your start point in the car park on Argyle Street.

This is a enjoyable walk for small groups and for those who like road walking through the countryside. I do advice that you equip yourselves well for the weather and also make sure you pack midge repellent for the warmer months.

Route shared with Walk Fife by Al McQuade.

View route on OS Maps -
https://osmaps.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/route/2056148/Pitscottie-Circular-Walk-Fife

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