Fine specimen trees in a quiet ancient woodland


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.

Parking Walking

Life’s essentials

There are places to eat and public toilets in Culross or Kincardine.

Walking trails

Cycling trails

Mountain biking trails

Contact: Scottish Lowlands Forest District

Address: Five Sisters House, Five Sisters Business Park, West Calder

Postcode: EH55 8PN

Telephone: 0300 067 6700


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.

Using SatNav?

KY12 8EL is the nearest postcode.

Nearby places

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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