A-Z of Fife’s Hills: B

Benarty Hill

Could Benarty Hill claim to have the best views from a hill in Fife? Quite possibly. From near the summit there are superb views northwards across Loch Leven to the Ochils and Lomond Hills. From its southern slopes there are great views over Lochore Meadows Country Park.

At 356m and the 5th highest hill in Fife, Benarty is a distinctive landmark. When viewed from the north it is often referred to as the Sleeping Giant on account of its outline (though I have to admit I’ve never been able to see this).

There are a number of different routes to its summit, the easiest being from the entrance to Harran Hill Woods / Lochore on the Ballingry Hill Road where the ascent is aided by steps. A good day out though is to combine the hill with a walk around Lochore and Harran Hill Woodland (fantastic in May for bluebells). For the energetic walker an end to end traverse of the full ridge is highly recommended.

Check out the Benarty Hill page for details of the different routes to the summit.