Dunearn Hill Fort

A short but steep ascent takes you to the site of the Dunearn Fort near Burntisland. Although only 221m above sea level the views from here are outstanding and well worth the 130m of ascent. The ascent route is  quite rough and virtually pathless. Two options for the descent are provided depending upon whether or not you like road walking.

Start / finish: A909 at Stenhouse Reservoir

Facilities: parking in a layby, other facilities in Burntisland

April 2019 update: the layby at Stenhouse Reservoir has been blocked off. There is an alternative spot for 2 cars at grid ref NT 208 870 on the west side of the road. Rather than walk on the road to the start of the walk follow the directions in the Standing Stane Road return route below, over the gate and through the field / woods.

Dunearn and Stenhouse Reservoir

Distance: 2.9 km / 1.8 miles

Ascent: 130 m / 425 feet

Dunearn and Standing Stanes Road

Distance: 3.3 km / 2 miles

Ascent: 130 m / 425 feet

Start from a layby on the A909 at NT 206 873 where there is parking for a couple of cars. The layby is located next to the Stenhouse Fishery access road. From the road, climb over a ramshackle gate to walk along a grassy track that runs along the south side of Stenhouse Reservoir. When you reach a wall with an old gate go steeply up hill through the trees keeping the wall to your right hand side. A feint path line can be followed in places.After another gate you emerge on to rough open hillside. the path line heads away from the wall to go up hill alongside another wall, this time to your left hand side. Keep going directly uphill where you will encounter yet another wall on your left hand side and will soon reach the summit.

The summit is marked, not with the usual trig point or cairn, but incredibly with the remains of an old piano! Regardless, enjoy the extensive views over the surrounding the area before continuing onwards on a feint grassy path with the wall on your left hand side.

The path reaches an opening in the wall which leads to Dunearn Loch. Having got over the piano, you now encounter a bath tub complete with taps sitting next to the loch! Walk around the loch in an anti-clockwise direction passing a pheasant feeding station. When you reach the opposite side of the loch from the bath, climb over the broken wall/fence at a convenient point and turn right.

Follow a feint grassy path to reach a gate. After the gate aim across the lumpy grass in the general direction of the communications mast (keep to the left of gorse bushes). From the mast a grassy track heads eastwards across the hillside passing through a first gate before reaching a second gate.

At this point the descent routes diverge.

Stenhouse Reservoir

Don’t go through the gate but head left down hill to the field corner in front of you. Climb the fences at this point so that you are in the woodland above the reservoir and facing west (an about turn) with the fence on your left. A rough grassy path now takes you downhill through the trees to the reservoir. As the path reaches the lochside it becomes a bit wider and a grassy track can be followed along the south side of the reservoir to reach your start point.

Standing Stanes Road

Go through the gate on the track and follow the track downhill to emerge on to the quiet Standing Stanes Road. Turn right on to the road and follow it for 1km passing Dunearn House to reach the junction with the A909. Take great care as this is a fast and busy road and turn right. Look for a field gate on your right hand side. If the gate is locked you will need to climb it to access the field. Cross the field to reach the gate in the opposite corner and go through it into the trees. A feint path leads down through the trees to another gate where you turn left on to the grassy reservoir track and back to your start point.

Return route via Stenhouse Reservoir

View / download Stenhouse Reservoir route from Ordnance Survey.

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Return route via Standing Stanes Road

View / download Standing Stanes Road route from Ordnance Survey.

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