A-Z of Fife’s Hills: A

Aberdour – Cullaloe Hills

A is for Aberdour, not a hill itself but there are not many hills in Fife that begin with the letter A. Airdit Hill in north east Fife is one exception.

Not far from Aberdour are the forested Cullaloe Hills which are well worth an exploration. For most people it’s not the 219m hill summit that is the main attraction though, as there are two intriguing follies hidden amongst the trees. Cullaloe Temple and Cullaloe Tower. Both the follies are easy to reach via forest road/tracks.

For the more adventurous walker rough paths / mountain bike trails can be used to reach the crest of the hills for a walk along the fence line to the summit. From the crest there are good views northwards over the industrial landscape of the nearby quarry and Mossmorran plant.

Access to the forest is most usually from the forest entrance to the east on the A909. However, there is only limited parking available here as the forestry gate needs to be left clear for access by forestry and emergency vehicles. An alternative is from a layby on the B9157 opposite Cullaloe Nature Reserve. However, a gate has recently been constructed across the access track at this point.

Check out the Cualloe Hills page for more information on walking in this area.

This is the first in a series of weekly blog posts covering an A to Z of hills in Fife. So next Monday it will be B, but what will the hill be?

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