Dive into Dean Plantation
Just out of the back door from Dunfermline, this long-established forest is an attractive mix of conifers and broadleaved woodland. It’s a great place for a walk or cycle, and you can get here straight from town along the West Fife Cycle Way. Come in May to see the haze of bluebells along Pitfirrane Dean burn.
The 4 ½ miles (7 km) of earth tracks and paths have uneven surfaces, and there are some long very steep slopes.
There’s only space for 3 or 4 cars to park at the forest entrance. If you’re coming by car, try leaving it at the end of the West Fife Cycle Way at Baldridgeburn, just 1 ¼ miles (2 km) away.
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How to get here
From Dunfermline, take the A907 (Carnock Road) towards Clackmannan. Just at the end of the 30 mph speed limit, turn left onto Lundin Road, signposted for Crossford. The forest is about ½ mile (800 metres) along on the right, with parking for 3 or 4 cars in the forest entrance at grid reference NT 061 880.
There’s better parking at the end of the West Fife Cycle Way on William Street in Dunfermline. From here it’s an easy walk or cycle of just 1 ¼ miles (2 km) to the forest.
KY12 8QP is the nearest postcode.
Buses from Dunfermline to Carnock pass the junction with Lundin Road, ½ mile (800 metres) from the forest. Check Traveline Scotland for details.
Trails at Blairadam will take you to soaring spruces, waterfalls and stories of a mining ghost. At Devilla you’ll find a trail that celebrates the frisky red squirrel, as well as forest lochs and mysterious traces of times past. Just outside Alloa, Gartmorn Forest makes a great extension to a walk round scenic Gartmorn Dam.
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