Largo Law Outliers

Hills: Clatto Hill (248m), Down Law (241m), Dunicher Law (240m), Drumcarrow Craig (218m), Flagstaff Hill (214m), Pepper Knowe (212m), Fleecefaulds Hill (210m), Caskerdo Hill (202m), Balcarres Craig (123m). Largo Law / Craig Rock and Hill of Tarvit have descriptions on their own pages.

The following hills are all Tumps (hills with 30m prominence) with Largo Law as their parent Marilyn. Most of them are likely to appeal more to the hill enthusiast rather than the casual walker as access is not always straightforward and may entail crossing farmland / working countryside and negotiating fences, locked gates and gorse bushes. Ensure your actions are in accordance with the Scottish Outdoor Access Code. Not all of these hills may be appropriate for dogs.

Clatto Hill (248m)

This hill is best ascended from the route of the Fife Pilgrim Way between Kennoway and Clatto Reservoir. Alternatively, it can be reached from the public road to the west via the access road to Clatto Farm. There is room to park at NO 347 076 if approaching from this side. The hill summit and trig point can be reached by a short rough ascent through the forest from the FPW. Don’t be expecting any views from the top – it’s completely surrounded by forestry.

Down Law (241m)

Now a communications site, Down Law was the site of a hill fort many moons ago. Its summit is easily attainable and it affords some good views of the surrounding farmland and the Forth. From the road use the access track for the masts and a gateway to reach the grassy summit south of the masts. For an alternative return, descend west and then north to reach an openable gate into a field at NO 340 072. Keep to the field edge in a northerly direction to reach a track at Downfield Cottages from where you can walk out to the road. Parking is possible at NO 347 076.

Dunicher Law (240m)

Can be approached from either the west or the east.

The west approach is a very short route from the gate at NO 446 084 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 459 083 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 463 078.

Drumcarrow Craig (218m)   

This wee hill makes a worthwhile addition to a walk along the Fife Pilgrim Way.

A signposted track from NO 460 129 provides an easy means of access although it is necessary to squeeze around a gate. The summit is lumpy and bumpy and worth exploring. There is a cairn and trig point at the highest point and the site of the Drumcarrow Broch can be seen. Watch out for an electrified fence in the summit area. It is fortunately, easy to crawl underneath it. As well as the main summit there is also the western top which is easy to reach.

As well as the FPW, Drumcarrow Craig also combines well with a walk around nearby Cameron Reservoir, along with the option of including Denork hill fort site.

Flagstaff Hill (214m) / Balcarres Craig (123m)

The quickest route to Flagstaff Hill is from the corner of the road at NO 445 051, along a track to a communications mast and then across (around the edges) of 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.

Pepper Knowe (212m)

This is 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.

Fleecefaulds Hill (210m)

This hill can be accessed using the road for WIndygates starting at NO 401 082 close to Fleecefaulds Nature Reserve where there is room to park a couple of cars. Keep right at a couple of junctions to enter an unfenced field.  Leave the track heading uphill across the field to your right to reach a wall. There are a number of gates into a garden area, but you should avoid the garden and squeeze through a wooden fence to your right to access rough scrub land where the summit is located.

An alternative return route to the car park is possible by using the track to Hall Teasses to the north. Leave the track before a gate at NO 406 085 following a field edge to reach the corner of woodland. There is an openable gate into the woods and a, sometimes steep, path north west through the woods to meet with a landrover track out to the public road. Rather than walk back down the road it is possible to walk through the nature reserve. From the track to Fleecefaulds Farm keep left around the edge of woodland to reach a wooden gate into the nature reserve and a rough path back to the car park.

Caskerdo Hill (202m)

This hill can also be accessed from Fleecefaulds Nature Reserve. Enter the reserve through a pedestrian gate and keep left on high ground to reach a second gate in a corner next to woodland. Go through the gate and follow the field edge south with the woods to your right to reach the southern corner of the woods. From here there is easy access onto a rough track south through the woods to a metal gate that needs to be climbed. Follow the edge of the next field and climb an old wooden gate at NO 400 075 into a strip of woodland. A feint path heads west through the woods for about 800m to the vicinity of Caskerdo Hill. The actual summit is to your left and surrounded by a barb wire fence from this direction. However, the barb wire is missing from sections on the western side which provides easy access over the fence to the 202m summit.

The shortest way back to the road is to return to the forest corner at NO 399 079 and turn right instead of left. After about 50m re-enter the woods on your right and look for a feint path. If you can’t find it head in a north east direction through the woods to reach a gate (needs to be climbed) out to the road at NO 402 080.


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