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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)
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.
Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour (formerly Dunnikier Free Church) taken from the corner of Dunnikier Road and Balsusney Road.
The milestone is set against the cemetery wall 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.
Past a scuccession of roundabouts I made my way down to Beveridge Park. The milestone is opposite the entrance to the park.
Abbotshall Parish Church
The milestone marks the distances to Kirkcaldy, Dysart and Leven to the east, and Auchtertool, Crossgates and Dunfermline to the west.
The road to Boglily
After a line of prosperous-looking villas Boglily Road soon passes Raith Lake and out into the country.
The milestone at Boglily is quite freshly painted, but has no cap. The Gazeteer in The Milestones of Fife marks it as 'not seen'.
On the road to Balbarton. These flowers grew in clumps every so often along the verge.
View north of the road before it reaches Balbarton.
View to the south. The stone tower just visible between the rape field and the woods might be Balwearie Castle.
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.
Berwick Law in the background.
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'.
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.
The kirk is about ¾ mile beyond the village.
These flowers were found in profusion along the verge.
These pictures were taken from the road about 2 miles west of the village.
View north to the Lomonds and east to Berwick law and the Bass Rock.