Fife Hills A to Z : I


At girst glance it might seem strange including this 497m eastern Ochil in a Fife A-Z, as it does not lie within Fife. However, there are a lack of hills in Fife beginning with I and Innerdouny is topographically very significant for much of north Fife.

Innerdouny Hill (located between Yetts of Muckhart and Dunning) is the parent Marilyn for the ground north of the A91 and west of Collessie Den. This area contains a number of significant hills including 4 Humps (hills with 100m and upwards prominence).

Lumbennie Hill at 284m is the 12th highest hill in Fife and the highest point within Pitmedden Forest. In itself it’s not an overly exciting hill as it is covered with conifer plantings and accessed via a rough fire break. Nearby, in the Strathmiglo area, is the more attractive rough grassland of 275m Pitlour Hill which is easily approached via tracks through the Pitlour Estate.

The cluster of hills around Lindores / Newburgh is well worth mentioning, namely, Cowden Hill, Black Hill, Woodheads Hill and Ormiston Hill. These hills offer a number of routes for the walker. Black Hill and Woodheads Hill, like Lumbennie, have their summits coated with conifer plantings but Cowden Hill across the road is a good viewpoint for the area and has a track almost to its summit.

So despite not being in Fife, Innerdouny does provide us with some fine hill summits to explore.

Check out the Ochils Outliers 1 and Ochils Outliers 2 pages for routes up these hills.

Fife Hills A to Z : G

Glenduckie Hill

A great wee multi-summited hill near Newburgh in the north of Fife that lies just a stone’s throw from the Fife Coastal Path. Most walkers on the coastal path stroll around this hill without even considering including it in their walk.

The main 218m summit is clad in trees and does not offer much in the way of views. Better though, is the open 200m (approx) summit to the south west, the site of a hill fort and a good viewpoint for the surrounding countryside.

This summit is easy to reach via tracks and paths that circle the hill, including the Fife Coastal Path that skirts the eastern and northern slopes. An upturned stone marks the summit along with the remains of a memorial bench. Visiting during the winter months when the trees are not in leaf is recommended. For the energetic walker it is easy enough to combine Glenduckie Hill with its better known neighbour Norman’s Law. Glenduckie is for the connoisseur though looking to escape the crowds that sometimes flock to Norman’s Law.

Check out the Norman’s Law and Glenduckie Hill page on Fife Walking for more information on this hill.