A-Z of Fife’s Hills: R

R for Redwells Hill


I’m skipping Q in this A-Z because we don’t have any hills beginning with Q in Fife. I did consider Q for quarry hills as a number of hills in Fife have been subject to quarrying. Notably Lucklaw Hill and Ormiston Hill the sites of working quarries. Also in the quarry hills would be Orrock Hill near Kirkcaldy with its northern slope still being quarried away and Lathalmond Hill near Steelend where an old quarry has left very little of the actual hill in tact.

So moving on to R I’m going to feature Redwells Hill.

The 192m Redwells Hill at the back of Kinglassie is probably not a household name among hills. However, it does boast Blythe’s Tower on its southern slopes so does offer some interest.

Blythe’s Tower was built in 1812 and there are conflicting stories as to why it was originally built. It would appear to have been used as lookout tower during Word War II (source: Historic Environment Scotland).

The Fife Pilgrim Way passes close by but access to the either the hill or the tower is not straightforward from the waymarked path.

Redwell Hills is the highest point in the surrounding farmland (agricultural and grazing) and as such access to it needs to be in accordance with the Scottish Outdoor Access Code. It can be approached from the east via field edges where there is a plentiful supply of gates to get around the fences. Although not much higher than the surrounding ground, the summit is marked with an OS trig point.

Redwells Hill features on the other Fife hills page on Fife Walking

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