Back to nature at Balgownie
Set in the gently rolling Fife countryside, this quiet woodland hides some magnificent ancient oak. The land once belonged to nearby Culross Abbey, and was first planted with trees in medieval times. There’s been forest here ever since, making it an unusually rich, complex woodland.
The 2 ½ miles (4 km) of paths and tracks are a mix of wide gravel forest roads and narrow earth paths, with some short moderate and steep slopes.
There are places to eat and public toilets in Culross or Kincardine.
Mountain biking trails
How to get here
From the A985 between Valleyfield and Kincardine turn north onto Gallows Loan, an unclassified road signposted for Balgownie. The forest is on the right about 1 mile (1.6 km) along this road. Drive a little way along the track to find a small parking area at grid reference NS 983 886.
KY12 8EL is the nearest postcode.
At Devilla you’ll find a trail that celebrates the frisky red squirrel, as well as forest lochs and mysterious traces of times past. Trails at Blairadam will take you to soaring spruces, waterfalls and stories of a mining ghost. Gartmorn Forest, near Alloa, makes a great extension to a walk round scenic Gartmorn Dam.
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