Other hills

A selection of other Fife hills not covered elsewhere. 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.

  • Stick to field edges / don’t walk across crops / don’t let dogs wander across crops or do their “business” in them
  • Climb gates at their hinged end to minimise damage
  • Avoid fields with young livestock
  • Keep dogs under close control and well away from livestock
  • Be prepared to reschedule your visit if it conflicts with land management activities

Lathalmond Hill (245m)

This is not the most inspiring of hills but it is a short up and down from the roadside to a high point on a disused quarry edge. There’s room to park a car at the old quarry entrance at NT 08350 92614 on the B914 near Kelty. From here you can squeeze through the fence into the field to the west of the quarry and walk along the field edge. Squeeze through or step over the fence on your left at some point to access the rough grassland surrounding the quarry. Make your way up the grass avoiding gorse, and around the rim to the high point taking care not to get too close to the cliff edges.

Orrock Hill (205m) / Baspard Hill (197m)

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.

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.

Stoneyhall Hill (194m)

Can be approached from the Kilrie Community Woodland car park to the north. Use the paths/tracks in the woodland to reach the high ground of Glassmount Hill to the south. At NT 241 889 a wall can be crossed (or climb the gate) to access the rough ground to the south. An openable gate at NT 241 888 gives easy access to the grassy hillside. If crossing to Stoneyhall Hill at any other point watch out for an electric fence.

Redwells Hill (192m)

The easiest approach to this hill is from the minor road to the east although parking is not easy. Keep to the north of the reservoirs and follow field edges to the summit trig point with Blyth’s Tower to your left. The fences and walls are well supplied with gates but take care to follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code as this is working farmland. If you wish to visit the tower the best approach is from the west otherwise it is protected by barb wire, electric fences and gorse!

Craigbeath Hill (181m)

The summit of this hill is nothing to get excited about as it is inaccessible due to a Scottish Water reservoir. However the walk through Leuchatsbeath Community Woodland is worthy in its own right. There is a convenient layby for parking on the A909 north of Cowdenbeath at grid ref NT 160 930. The woodland is well laid out with a network of surfaced and unsurfaced paths interspersed with picnic benches. Just follow paths uphill until you reach the reservoir compound.

Darklaw Hill (150m) / North Hill (123m)

These two hill either side of the A92 at Rathillet are easily accessible and both have open views of the surrounding countryside. Darklaw can be approached via the communications mast access track starting from NO 365 205. North Hill can be approached from the north via grassy slopes. Use the old railway line from the bridge on the minor road to the west, to access the hillside.

Craig Law (112m), Hare Law (111m), Chester Hill (107m)

These three hills form a compact group at the southern end of the Tay Road Bridge. All three summits lie in woodland with rough underfoot conditions.

Chester Hill – this is the easiest of the three and is a short walk from the back of the ruined cottages at NO 435 276. Access to the cottages is via a signposted path which starts from the minor road NO 438 275.

Craig Law – This one is a bit more challenging as the conditions underfoot are somewhat rough where grass and moss has grown over fallen branches. Leave the track in the Scotscraig Estate at NO 442 281 initially up a steep bank. The summit is approximately 250m into the woods.

Hare Law – Perhaps the most interesting of the summits due to the presence of the remains of Waterloo Tower. However, it is not particularly easy to reach. A gate at NO 443 282 in Scotscraig Estate provides access to a very rough, feint track which makes its way around the back of the buildings. It then follows the route shown on the OS Explorer map north to the vicinity of the summit. If approaching the summit from the north a barb wire fence needs to be negotiated.

Scurr Hill (104m)

An easy diversion from the Fife Coastal Path near to Balmerino. Leave the FCP at NO 37346 25440 on a rough path leading into the woodland and uphill. The path doesn’t go all the way to the crest but access is easy enough through the trees. Once on the crest there is a path all the way to the summit. Can also be reached from Kirkton of Balmerino via a field edge followed by woodland path starting at NO 36201 24987.

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