Fife Hills A to Z : H

Hill of Beath


At 240m this is a prominent hill between Dunfermline and Cowdenbeath, very obvious from the M90 motorway. It makes for a grand outing for a couple of hours and affords fine views over the surrounding area.

It can be approached from a number of directions and my personal favourite is via the lovely Dalbeath Marshes Nature Reserve. This former quarry / open cast site is now a haven of tranquility with wetlands and woodlands. For a short easy outing the best approaches are probably from Crossgates or Hill of Beath village and up the grassy path on its southern slope.

The hill is surrounded by core paths with one heading over the eastern shoulder. Although it is possible to walk right around the hill on the core paths, the ground to the northern side is somewhat rough and may not be to everyone’s liking.

Check out the Hill of Beath page for details of the different routes up the hill and for a circular walk from Dalbeath Marshes.