200m hills

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A selection of other Fife hills all over 200m. Generally these hills will be more of interest to the “hill bagger” rather than the casual walker. Most of these hills either lie on, or are accessed from, working countryside (farming, shooting etc) so ensure you follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.

Yellow Hill (200m)

Listed as being 200m in the Database of British and Irish Hills, the OS maps shows this one as being 199m. Ascent is easy enough but hampered by 3-strand electrified fences.

Start either from Burnside off the A91 or the junction of the road to Carmore at NO 15359 09536 (if there’s insufficient room to park at the junction there is space up the road at the cemetry). Head along the farm track (signposted at the Carmore side) between Carmore and Burnside (via Bannaty) to reach a gate just south of its high point. Although you could access the hill via the rough ground and gorse bushes on its southern slope this would be hard walking and it is much easier to negotiate the electric fence and use the field edge. From the northern side of the gate squeeze under the fence and over a small wall into the grass field (livestock may be present). Follow the field edge to the felled tree area where you will once more have to negotiate an electric fence (walk round the trees a bit to find a good spot). Once into the felled area there is the line of a trodden path to make things easier. The summit itself is hard to distinguish and has no marker.

You could probably avoid one of the electric fences if you approached from Balcanquhal.

Black Craig (203m)

This hill can easily be included into a coastal path walk. Otherwise the best parking option is a small layby to the east of the access track.

Black Craig is very easy to access from its east side via a track (with a wooden barrier gate) at NO 33410 21762 . Leave the track to head west along the ridge line of the hill to reach the summit area. The easiest descent is to return by the outward route but if you don’t mind a bit of fence / gate climbing you can continue westwards.

The track becomes a rougher path overgrown in places with wood rush and will take you down the west side of the hill to an unlocked gate. From this point if you want to head back to the road you can follow the arrow left down the hillside to the cottages. The gate at the back of the cottages is a bit awkward to climb and not easily opened either. A better option might be to keep right when going downhill and aim for the back of the church and a locked gate on to the road on its west side.

It’s possible to continue the hill route onto Green Craig hill fort (189m) by following the field edges to reach a gate on its eastern side. This route entails a fair bit of squeezing through fences with electrified strands. A rough track leads up the side of Green Craig from the gate although you will need to leave it to reach the summit area. The descent from Green Craig can be made due south on tracks / rough paths with a bit of thrashing through gorse bushes to reach the corner of a field from where it is a straightforward walk back to the road (barring a locked gate at the end of the track).

Orrock Hill (205m)

This one sits on the edge of the Orrock Quarry. Although the summit and trig point are well back from the quarry edges there is no fence at this point so keep an eye on children and dogs!

Access avoiding the quarry is from the south (Standing Stane Road) from where you can follow field edges (be prepared for barb wire) from Orrock to the corner at NT 226 885. From here it is an easy walk up grassy slopes to the summit. Approaching directly from the south or the via the road to the west entails a steep gorse ridden clamber that is best avoided. The nearby 197m Baspard Hill can also be included as it easily reached via field edges and the gorse can be avoided by following a fence line up its northern side and then approaching the summit from the south. Descend south via a break in the gorse and field edges back to the road.

There is parking for 1 or 2 cars on the grass verge at the foot of the Craigkelly Road. Respect the sign asking you not to park on the actual road / driveway.

East Hill (209m)

Quickest ascent is from the A823 up the track to Hillhead, around the outside of the house and directly up the hill. There are limited parking options for this ascent though.

An alternative for a longer walk is to combine it with Craigluscar Hill. Starting from the small parking areat at NT 05989 90707, follow the path up the hill, turning right at a broken fence/wall. Follow the path along the summit ridge and downhill to reach a gate at NT 06269 91039. Go through the gate and keep to the left of the wall to pass through a lumpy sheep field aiming for the ruin of Thornyhill. South of the ruin is a gate into the next field, a rough pasture. Head for the east side of this field where there is a barb wire fence along with a wall barring access to West Hill. The barb wire fence is probably easiest crossed at NT 07234 91514 where there is a wooden section that can be climbed. Once over the fence head up the northern slope of West Hill. Close to the summit bump you should be able to pick up a bit of path leading through a gate to the northern side of East Hill from where you can easily ascend.

Pepper Knowe (212m)

An easy ascent from Largoward. The initial approach is along the tarmac Cadgers Road to South Cassingray. Turn right towards South Cassingray to reach a gate before the first house. Go through the gate and either follow the left hand side of the fence or go through a further gate and use the steps on the right hand side to reach the summit area marked with a trig point. Livestock may be in the fields so probably best to avoid taking dogs.

Flagstaff Hill (214m)

The quickest route is from the corner of the road at NO 44520 05137 along a track to a communications mast and then across (around the edges) a field to reach the summit mound. Parking may be difficult at this spot though.

An alternative for a longer walk is to start at Colinsburgh and walk through the Balcarres Estate past Spratty Hall and Rires. After Rires the track enters woodland and turns right to reach a field gate. Go through the gate and follow the edge of the field (livestock may be present) to reach a well placed gate giving access to the rough ground at the summit. An alternative return is possible using a rough path through Long Strip (hard to follow in places). Turn right at a power line on to a more obvious path that takes you back to the Rires track. A diversion on your return route can be made to visit the folly on Balcarres Craig. The estate requests that dogs be kept on a lead.

Bandrum (225m)

The summit of Bandrum is part of Saline Golf Course so be wary of golfers when approaching. The hill is easily reached from both Saline and Steelend.

From Steelend a signposted (for Cowstrandburn) track starts at NT 03909 92162. After 350m leave the track through an open gateway on your right. Follow the field edge to the far side to reach the Bandrum Standing Stone, a large boulder at the corner of the wall. Squeeze through the fence where the barb wire has been removed and follow the wall to reach the summit complete with bench.

From Saline, head down the B913 for 180m (no pavement) to reach a gate at the edge of the golf course on your left hand side. This is the start of a track / path round the outside of the golf course to Bandrum Temple. From the Temple you can squeeze through the fence and cross the field to the north west corner with the standing stone and hence on to the summit. Alternatively stick with the path to skirt the edge of the field and meet the track to Cowstrandburn where you turn right. Leave the track through a gate on your left to reach the north west corner of the field.

To make a circular walk, you can walk between Saline and Steelend via the lovely Saline Glen on the northern side of the main road.

Craig Rock (235m)

This attractive lumpy outlier of Largo Law is the site of an old hill fort and it is easy to see why. The easiest approach is from the A915 via Lahill Craig. However, it is probably best included in an ascent of Largo Law. From the summit of Largo Law descend to the field corner at NO 43015 05102. 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.

Dunicher Law (240m)

Can be approached from either the west or the east.

The west approach is very short route from the gate at NO 44615 08487 near Falfield. A tarmac road heads into the woods and up the hill (keep right at a junction) to reach a Scottish Water site. Walk around the outside of the compound (the left is probably easiest) to reach the mound of rubble that is the summit of the hill. Note that there is a sign on the gate that says “no access”, however under the Scottish outdoor access legislation this is probably not legal.

From the east start from Bow Bridge where there is a gate at NO 45918 08383 giving access to woodland. This area is somewhat overgrown but don’t despair it’s not all like that. Walk alongside the hedge to reach the electricity pole line and follow the line west on a rough path through pleasant young woodland. The path rapidly becomes a proper track. Keep left at two junctions and follow the track to the Scottish Water compound and hence the summit. Note: the woodlands are used for pheasant rearing / shooting so probably best to give this route a miss during the shooting season. Safest parking for this route is a layby at NO 46325 07895.

Cult Hill (264m)

Cult Hill is an outlier of the Cleish Hills and stands alone surrounded by farmland. At 264m it is one of the higher points of Fife with panoramic views all around. It makes a short outing on its own even when combined with the nearby hill fort.

Start from the roadside at NT 035 956 on the A823 where there is room to park a couple of cars on the east side of the road.

An openable gate allows access into the field on the west side of the road. Walk along the field edge (somewhat muddy) towards the hill, with a wall to your right. At the end of this field an open gateway takes you into the next field but now with the wall to your left. There may be sheep in these fields so keep dogs on a lead. At the end of the second field it is necessary to negotiate a wall / fence with a strand of barb wire to access the hillside. Once over the fence proceed directly up to the trig point for panoramic views.

If you wish to continue to the fort a further wall / fence needs to be negotiated. This is probably easiest done by using the wooden gate into the field to your left and crossing the fence from there. There are old electrified strands on this fence so check its not live before climbing!

Pitlour Hill (274m)

Can be approached either from the west or the east.

The western approach starts from the entrance to the Pitlour Estate at NO 20531 10955. However as there is no parking in the area you might be as well starting at Strathmiglo and using the path network to reach the entrance gate. Pitlour is a working estate. Access during the shooting season is probably best avoided.

Once in the estate follow the track, keeping left at the first junction heading towards the ruins of Wester Pitlour. Keep on the main landrover track following it up hill and left at an obvious junction. The track continues to climb bearing to the right at a corner with three “standing stones”. Keep to the track circling a hillock until it enters a field. Cross the field on what is now a very feint track aiming towards a deer gate on the far side. Pass through the gate and it is now an easy walk on track to the trig point.

There are many quad bike tracks around here and it is possible to use them to head over to Demperston Hill where young trees have been planted. This area is good for spotting roe deer, buzzards and of course pheasants. Although there are deer fences around here, there are openable gates where you need them.

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