A-Z of Fife’s Hills: M

Mount Hill


Sporting the Hopetoun Monument on its summit, this hill is one of the most visible landmarks in the north Fife / Cupar area. The 100 foot columnar monument was built in 1826 in memory of Sir John Hope, 4th Earl of Hopetoun (source: Historic Environment Scotland). A similar monument is located at Haddington in East Lothian.

At 221m, Mount Hill is the lowest of Fife’s seven Marilyns (hills with 150m and upwards prominence). As much of its slopes are covered with forestry there are unfortunately only limited views on the ascent / descent. However, once at the summit the trees clear, leaving rough scrubland around the monument and views across the surrounding countryside.

There are a number of possible routes up the hill, the shortest and quickest being via signposted forest tracks from the east. Other routes start from the southern side. There is a lack of parking in the area unfortunately so it may be easier to walk in via Over Rankeilour or from Letham.

More information is available from the Mount Hill page on Fife Walking.

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