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Kirkcaldy to Auchtertool

I walked from the Victoria Hospital down to Beveridge Park, and then out on the B925 to Auchtertool. The two milestones within Kirkcaldy had their caps, but the three on the road to Auchtertool were capless. I carried on beyond the village looking for the milestone at Newton Farm, but didn't find it.

It was a sunny day in May, a little hazy at first, with a fresh breeze. An account of the walk is given here. (PDF file)


Bennochy Road

I walked down Dunnikier Road, and then along Balsusney Road. At the end of Balsusney Road I turned up beside Bennochy Cemetery to find the milestone.

Our Lady 
of Perpetual Succour Dunnikier Road
Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour (formerly Dunnikier Free Church) taken from the corner of Dunnikier Road and Balsusney Road.

Milestone set against the cemetery wall Milestone set against the cemetery wall
The milestone is set against the cemetery wall on Bennochy Road.

Milestone on Bennochy Road Milestone on Bennochy Road Milestone on Bennochy Road
The stone gives the distances to Kirkcaldy, Dysart and Burntisland to the south and east, and Leslie, Lochgelly and Auchterderran to the north and west.


Beveridge Park

Past a scuccession of roundabouts I made my way down to Beveridge Park. The milestone is opposite the entrance to the park.

Beside the station car-park Beside the station car-park
On the way to Beveridge Park On the way to Beveridge Park

Abbotshall Parish Church
Abbotshall Parish Church

Milestone beside the Beveridge Park roundabout Milestone beside the Beveridge Park roundabout
Milestone beside the Beveridge Park roundabout Milestone beside the Beveridge Park roundabout
The milestone marks the distances to Kirkcaldy, Dysart and Leven to the east, and Auchtertool, Crossgates and Dunfermline to the west.

Entrance to Beveridge Park Entrance to Beveridge Park
Entrance to Beveridge Park Entrance to Beveridge Park


The road to Boglily

After a line of prosperous-looking villas Boglily Road soon passes Raith Lake and out into the country.

Pillar box on the Boglily Road On the Boglily Road On the Boglily Road
Raith Lake On the Boglily Road On the Boglily Road

Milestone at Boglily Milestone at Boglily Milestone at Boglily
The milestone at Boglily is quite freshly painted, but has no cap. The Gazeteer in The Milestones of Fife marks it as 'not seen'.


East Balbarton

On the way to Balbarton Flowers on the way to Balbarton
On the road to Balbarton. These flowers grew in clumps every so often along the verge.

On the way to Balbarton
View north of the road before it reaches Balbarton.

On the way to Balbarton
View to the south. The stone tower just visible between the rape field and the woods might be Balwearie Castle.

Milestone at East Balbarton Milestone at East Balbarton
Milestone at East Balbarton
The milestone is unpainted and without its cap. The Gazeteer in The Milestones of Fife says it is 'no longer extant', although it is marked on the OS map.

Milestone at East Balbarton
Berwick Law in the background.


Auchtertool

The milestone before Auchtertool The milestone before Auchtertool The milestone before Auchtertool
The milestone is painted, but has lost its cap and been knocked over. The Gazeteer in The Milestones of Fife marks it as 'not seen'.

Approaching Auchtertool Approaching Auchtertool
The road up into the village.


The milestone at Newton Farm

The Gazeteer in The Milestones of Fife lists a milestone beside Newton Farm, 1½ miles beyond the village of Auchtertool (that is, 2 miles after the one before the village); it marks it as 'not seen'. I found Newton Farm, but couldn't find the milestone. A local man I spoke to suggested that it may have been stolen.

Sign to Auchtertool Kirk Sign to Auchtertool Kirk
The kirk is about ¾ mile beyond the village.
Sign to Auchtertool Kirk  White flowers
These flowers were found in profusion along the verge.

Wind farm Sheep
These pictures were taken from the road about 2 miles west of the village.

View of the Lomonds
View of Berwick Law and the Bass Rock
View north to the Lomonds and east to Berwick law and the Bass Rock.