Largo Law and Keil’s Den

At just 290m Largo Law is a distinctive ancient volcano in the flat landscape of the East Neuk. Unfortunately as the hill is now used as grazing land there are no dogs permitted during the summer months (cattle grazing) and dogs must be kept on a lead during the winter months when sheep may be on the hill. There are no restrictions for the section of the walk through the lovely Keil’s Den. The route is on core paths and any issues with access can be reported to the Fife Council Outdoor Access Team.

The ascent of Largo Law is quite steep and can be muddy. Walking boots are recommended over trainers and a pair of walking poles may be helpful for the descent if you have dodgy knees!

Distance: 10.5 km / 6.5 miles

Ascent: 400 m / 1300 feet

Start / finish: Lower Largo

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)

Other walks in the area: Leven Lundin Links Circular

From Temple car park use the steps at the back of the car park to access the route of an old railway line. Turn right (east) on to this railway line and follow it out of Lower Largo and along the coast. When you reach a ruin 500m after leaving the town go through a pedestrian gate on your left on to a farm track. Follow this track inland through some more gates until you reach Buckthorns. At this point follow the sign that points you round to the left of the farm. After passing through another gate follow the core path that goes left through the steadings. Don’t go straight on towards the main road. Once past the steadings there is a grassy path that takes you to Upper Largo.

Turn right on to the road at the end of the path and walk up to the main road. Turn left along the main road for 100m then turn right on to a back road signed for the cemetery. Walk up this road for 350m to a small parking area on your right between the school and cemetery.

Go through the gate at the far end of the car park, taking note of the signs regarding dogs if appropriate, on to a rather muddy grass path. The surface starts to improve and as you approach the farm there are signs directing you around the left side of the buildings to the foot of the track up the hill.

Turn left on to the muddy track and follow it directly up the hill. As the farm is left behind and height is gained the mud reduces and the path becomes more grassy. It is a short sharp steep ascent up the hill but the views behind you over Largo Bay provide a good excuse for stopping! As you approach the summit the ground becomes a bit more lumpy and the best viewpoint is a hummock to your left before you descend to a dip. After the dip cross the broken stile and then it is just a short uphill stretch to the summit trig point.

Retrace your footsteps back down the hill to the farm and out to the cemetery where you now turn right on the road. After 100m a core path purple arrow marker post points left to a grassy path along a field edge. You will pass the ruin of Largo House Home Farm on your left before reaching the end of the path at a quiet road.

Cross over the road to pick up a narrow path on the opposite side. A wooden bench is located at this point. After a pleasant 300m walk through trees the path reaches Keil’s Den woodland. Enter the woodland and turn right onto the unsurfaced path. This next section of the walk takes you through mixed woodland high above the Keil Burn. Keep within the woodland until you reach the burn crossing. Here you have the choice of either wading through the burn or keeping your feet dry by going out on to the road and using the road bridge.

Soon after crossing the burn the path turns south on the other side of the burn. There are a couple of good viewpoints over to Largo Law on this section of the path. After passing two bench seats an obvious path goes off to your left downhill to the burn. Follow this path down to the burn and then alongside the burn to reach a newish footbridge. Cross over the bridge and stay on the obvious path which goes uphill away from the burn, turns east and emerges on to a road opposite a caravan park.

Turn right and walk down the road back to Lower Largo. Take extreme care and cross over the busy road to follow the road opposite which is signed for the Harbour. You can stay on the road all the way down to the harbour and then follow the official coastal path route along the narrow streets back to the car park. Alternatively, to avoid the road walk leave the road you are on after the bus stops following a higher level road to a car park. At the far end of the car park there is access to the old railway line which leads back to the car park where you started. You will need to go down and then up some steps though, to cross a road where the original bridge is no longer in place.

For a shorter route you could miss out Keil Den and return directly to Lower Largo along the road after Largo House Home Farm.

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