• Author: Walk Fife
  • Created: January 26, 2018
Route type: Short Strolls
Difficulty grade: Grade 3

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  • Distance Instructions
  • Distance 1.95 km
  • Duration 29 min
  • AVG speed 4.0 km/h
  • Min altitude 3 m
  • Peak 27 m
  • Climb 32 m
  • Descent 32 m

This a short circular walking route on the shoreline of Inverkeithing.

Preston Hill sits on the Fife Coastal Path and is better known for it’s quarry than the hill itself.

The route begins in the car park of the Ballast Bank Community Centre which sits in the Ballast Bank Park which is hosts the Inverkeithing Highland Games (well worth visiting). Leaving the car park follow the signs for the Fife Coastal Path.

This route can be pretty muddy in places so please make sure you are dressed appropriately.

Follow the coastal path past the derelict and flooded quarry workings. Avoid the temptation in the warmer to explore the quarry as it has been proved to be dangerous. Don’t be surprised to see divers as you pass the quarry as it is a popular spot for diving. The view over the Firth of Forth is nice and stretches for miles on a clear day.

After passing the quarry, walk along the path for a further 250m until you reach a turning onto a woodland path on your left which is marked with a ScotWays sign. The sign reads “Letham Hill and Hillend”. This path can be quite muddy and slippery so take care.

Walk up through the woodland until you reach the open space of the hill. The track then splits and you need to take the left hand fork which point you back towards Inverkeithing. Follow the track through the wood. Please keep children and dogs close at hand on the part of the route as the track is nearby to the top of the quarry workings. The path gradually leads you down the hill back down to the coastal path where you turn right and are lead back to your starting point in the park.

This is a nice short walk for those wanting to explore some of the hidden tracks and trails that run alongside the coastal path. Ballast Park itself is nice to walk around and there is a great kids play park within it for younger explorers.

Route shared with Walk Fife by Sharron D.

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