South Fife Trigs

Brief descriptions of routes to reach Ordnance Survey triangulation pillars located in South Fife.

Trig pillar map

Bogie Mains, S4218, NT 25735 93312, Kirkcaldy

Perhaps the easiest of all the Fife trigs to access (though Kingseat Hill in Dunfermline must also be a strong contender), this pillar sits on grassland in a residential area off Blairmore Road in Kirkcaldy. It even has its own bus stop with a path and a few steps from the bus stop to the trig.

Tyrie Farm, S4219, NT 26607 89447, Kirkcaldy

This trig is sited in a hedge at the side of agricultural fields. It can be accessed by following a field edge wall (don’t walk across fields when crops are growing in them) from the Jawbanes Road to south west of Kirkcaldy. The trig pillar is in rough vegetated (including brambles) ground at the corner of the field and is partially hidden by trees.

Craigencalt, S3145, NT 26115 87867, Kinghorn

This trig is very easy to reach as it is situated at the edge of a field beside the “Kissing Trees Lane” minor road near to Kinghorn Loch. It is easily visible through the fence without having to enter the field. Craigencalt is one of three trig pillars in Fife that are still in use by the Ordnance Survey today as a “passive station”.

Orrock Hill, S3146, NT 22361 88486, Burntisland

This trig is a bit more tricky to reach as it sits on rough grassland on the edge of the quarry face on the “Quarry Road” west of Kirkcaldy. To avoid the quarry working, approach from the south (Standing Stane Road). Walk up to Orrock Cottage and then make your way along the field edges (fences need to be crossed) and approach the hill by its south eastern shoulder aided by a feint animal path in places. The direct approach from the south west entails fighting through gorse and is not recommended unless you like that kind of thing!

Pilkham Hills, S3164, NT 18963 89597, Auchtertool

This one is easy enough to reach on rough grazing ground overlooking the Mossmorran plant. Walking along the busy B925 to reach the pillar is not recommended. As parking may be an issue it is perhaps easiest to park at the entrance to Cullaloe Woods and follow the signpost for the Old North Road. Leave the path heading for the obvious wind turbine and cross over the grassy summit of Pilkham Hills (194m) to reach a track and gate out to the road. Cross the road into the field opposite and pick up a feint path to the trig.

Bankhead, S3168, NT 16434 85800, Dalgety Bay

This trig lies on agricultural land although access should not be too much of a problem due to it being at the edge of a field. From the entrance road to Bankhead Farm on the minor road north of Dalgety Bay follow the field edges (do not walk across the fields when there are crops growing in them) to reach the trig. Depending upon which fields are best to walk in at the time of your visit, you may need to cross some barb wire fences.

Hill Of Beath, S3169, NT 13768 90057, Hill of Beath

At 240m, Hill of Beath is a grand wee viewpoint in south Fife. It can be approached from a number of directions using paths and tracks as detailed on the Hill of Beath page.

Castlandhill Reservoir, S3239, NT 11870 82759, Rosyth

Although easy to access the general area via the Fife Pilgrim Way between Rosyth and Inverkeithing, the trig itself is enclosed in a reservoir compound. It is easily visible without entering the compound. However, a broken fence can be used to gain access into the compound itself.

Fleet Recreation Ground, S4411, NT 11181 83224, Rosyth

Sadly this trig pillar is no more, having been destroyed to make way for housing development in the early 2000’s. The location was on Castle Road close to the junction with Peasehill Road.

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