A-Z of Fife’s Hills: L

Lucklaw Hill

At just 190m this is the highest hill in the north east of Fife. It is a very conspicuous landmark due to the presence of a large working quarry. The pink felsite quarried from here gives the hill its distinctive red glow when viewed from the south in the sun.

The scrubland summit is easily reached from the village of Balmullo to its south, via field tracks/paths. There are at least two possible routes up the southern slope (one on either side of the quarry) and neither of them are particularly strenuous.

An approach or descent via the northern side is highly recommended where the slopes are clad in attractive mixed woodland. There is a network of paths in the woods leading out on to the open heather and scrub hillside. There are smaller community woodland plantations in the area which can also be incorporated into a walk up the hill.

The summit itself is topped with a communications mast along with an OS trig point and a cairn which is built from bricks rather than stones.

Visit the Lucklaw Hill page on Fife Walking for more information on this hill.

A-Z of Fife’s Hills: K

Knock Hill

Knock Hill is the 3rd highest hill in Fife and with its plethora of communications masts, an obvious landmark in west Fife. It sits close to its smaller neighbour Saline Hill, separated from it by a boggy coll.

There are actually three listed hill summits in the range, as Easter Cairn to the east of the main Saline Hill summit (Mid Cairn) is also recognised as a hill in its own right (source: Database of British and Irish Hills). At 364m, Knock Hill has the distinction of being the 3rd highest hill in Fife! Saline Hill (Mid Cairn) makes it into 4th place at 359m and Easter Cairn lays claim to the 6th place with 355m summit.

The three hills together make a good day out though be warned the coll between Knock Hill and Easter Cairn is very wet and boggy! Knock Hill by itself is easily ascended from the east using the access track for the communications masts on its summit. Saline Hill and Easter Cairn can be approached from the south where new deer gates (openable) have replaced old walls/fences for easier access.

Check out the Saline Hill and Knock Hill page on Fife Walking for details of all three hills.

Fife Hills Challenge

As Spring starts to spring upon us, the weather improves, the days get longer and lock down restrictions are eased, more people are looking for outdoor activities / exercise. We are still restricted to our local authority areas for the immediate future so for those of you in Fife here are a couple of challenges you might want to consider based on Fife’s highest hills and Fife’s most (topographically) prominent hills.

Which challenge(s) will you undertake and can you complete it before travel restrictions are lifted?

Fife’s Highest Hills

The 9 hills in Fife that are over 300m in height

If you prefer inches and feet these are also the same 9 hills that are over 1000 feet in height!

West Lomond 522m, 1713 feet

East Lomond 448m, 1470 feet

Knock Hill 364m, 1194 feet

Saline Hill 359m, 1178 feet

Benarty Hill 356m, 1168 feet

Easter Cairn 355m, 1165 feet

Park Hill 339m, 1112 feet

Wether Hill 335m, 1099 feet

Outh Hill 324m, 1063 feet

The 14 hills in Fife that are over 250m in height

As above plus

Largo Law 290m

Norman’s Law 285m

Lumbennie Hill 284m

Pitlour Hill 275m

Cult Hill 264m

Fife’s Most Prominent Hills

The 7 hills in Fife that have Marilyn status (i.e. 150m prominence / drop)

West Lomond 405m prominence

Benarty Hill 228m prominence

Norman’s Law 209m prominence

Largo Law 197m prominence

Mount Hill 163m prominence

East Lomond 155m prominence

Cairnie Hill 150.4m prominence

The 14 hills in Fife that have Hump status (i.e. 100m prominence / drop)

As above plus

Lumbennie Hill 139m prominence

Lucklaw Hill 117m prominence

Cowden Hill 116m prominence

Knock Hill 112m prominence

Saline Hill 104m prominence

Black Hill 104m prominence

Ormiston Hill 103m prominence

Routes up these hills (and many more) are available on the Fife Walking website.

If you want somewhere to log your hill progress, the hill-bagging site is recommended.