Hills: Largo Law (290m), Craig Rock (235m)
At just 290m Largo Law is a distinctive ancient volcano in the flat landscape of the East Neuk and has the accolade of being the 10th highest hill in Fife. To its east lies the attractive outlier of Craig Rock where an old hillfort may have been located.
The ascent of Largo Law is quite steep and the main path can be muddy / slippy due to erosion. Walking boots are recommended over trainers and a pair of walking poles may be helpful for the descent if you have dodgy knees! The usual route of ascent starts from the cemetery / school at Upper Largo where there is a small parking area. For a longer walk the hill can be combined with Keil’s Den to make a circular walk from Lower Largo.
As the hill is now used as grazing land there are no dogs permitted during the summer months (cattle grazing) and dogs should be kept on a lead during the winter months when sheep may be on the hill
- Distance: 1.5 km / 1 mile (outward only)
- Ascent: 230 m / 750 feet (outward only)
- Facilities: Parking at the cemetery at NO 422 037
Starting at the cemetery use the grassy footpath to Chesterstone Farm following the signs around the outside of the farm buildings. From here a muddy track takes you to the foot of the hill from where a steep and eroded path heads up the southern face to the 283m south top. An alternative to this path takes you around to the western side of the hill above gorse bushes from where you can ascend grassy slopes to the south top. From the south top there is a small descent to a stile and a final short ascent to the trig point and summit. The hill route is shown in red on the above route map.
The easiest approach to Craig Rock is from the A915 via Lahill Craig. However, it is probably best included with an ascent of Largo Law as described above. From the summit of Largo Law descend to the field corner at NO 430 051. Cross the barb wire fence and follow the field edge east to a gate on the opposite side. Climb the gate and turn south to reach a gate leading on to Craig Rock. The route across to Craig Rock from Largo Law is shown in blue on the above route map.
Largo Law and Keil’s Den Circular Walk
A suggested circular walk starting and finishing in Lower Largo that optionally includes an ascent of Largo Law. The route is shown in magenta on the route map, with the ascent of Largo Law shown in red.
- Distance: 10.5 km / 6.5 miles
- Ascent: 400 m / 1300 feet
- Terrain: Paths and tracks which can be muddy. Steep eroded path up hill. Short quiet road sections.
- Facilities: Free car park at Temple Hill, toilets at the car park, bus service (95) to Lower Largo, refreshments in Lower Largo (other parking places available along the route)
Exit the car park via steps on to the route of an old railway line where you head east out of Lower Largo. At a ruin 500m after leaving the town use a pedestrian gate on your left to access a farm track. Head inland through some gates to reach Buckthorns. Follow the sign around the farm and turn left through the steadings (don’t go out to the road). A grassy path leads to Upper Largo.
Turn right on to the road and then left on the main road. Go right on to a back road signed for the cemetery. 350m along this road you will reach the school / cemetery at the start of the hill path described above.
On your return from the hill turn right, away from Upper Largo, for 100m. A core path marker directs you left along a grass field edge path passing the ruins of Largo House Home Farm to your left. Cross the road to pick up a path on the opposite side into Keil’s Den woodland. Go right on the unsurfaced path through mixed woodland high above the Keil Burn. When you reach the burn crossing you have the choice of wading through the burn or keeping your feet dry by going out on to the road and using the road bridge.
The path turns south on the opposite side of the burn. There are some good viewpoints across to Largo Law from this section. After passing two bench seats an obvious path goes off to your left downhill to the burn and a footbridge. Cross over the bridge and stay on the obvious path through more woodland until you exit the woods opposite a caravan park.
Turn right and walk down the road back to Lower Largo. Once back at the village you can follow the road down to the harbour and then use the coastal path through narrow streets back to the car park. Alternatively, to avoid most of the road walk, you can go left on to a higher-level road after the bus stop on the harbour road. This road brings you to a car park, at the far end of which is access to the old railway. Use the railway route back to the Temple Hill car park.