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Milestones between Boarhills Church and St Andrews

Having walked to Stravithie along the B9131 (St Andrews to Anstruther), I took the unclassified road across to the A917, and walked back to St Andrews. (The milestones between St Andrews and Stravithie are described here.)

With the exception of the first one out of St Andrews the milestones on this stretch of road give the distances from St Andrews, Leuchars and Cupar, and Boarhills, Kingsbarns and Crail.

The photographs were taken on an increasingly cloudy afternoon at the end of November 2012.
Here is an account of the walk. (PDF file)


Four miles from St Andrews

The unclassified road goes past Bonnytown and reaches the Coast road between Kinglassie and Boarhills Church, a mile or so from Boarhills itself.

Wall at Bonnytown The Coast Road
The wall at Bonnytown is partly stone and partly harled brickwork. Note the opposition to the wind farm here, as at Stravithie.

Hidden milestone
I walked away from St Andrews towards Boarhills Church, trying to find the milestone. It was hidden in the long grass and I walked past it, and only saw it after I had turned back.

Four miles from St Andrews Four miles from St Andrews Four miles from St Andrews
The four-mile stone with the grass removed. The Milestones of Fife (2005) reports that the cap is missing from this stone. It also states that the distance from Boarhills should be given as half a mile rather than 1½, which would be consistent with the next stone. The stone is situated on the left-hand side of the road, going away from St Andrews, which is as stated in The Milestones of Fife, but the OS Landranger map marks it on the right-hand side.

Boarhills Church
Boarhills Church seen across a cabbage field beside the milestone.


Fairmont, three miles from St Andrews

Wall at Bonnytown Icy puddle
The next milestone stands tall in an open space at the entrance to the Fairmont or St Andrews Bay golfing paradise. Despite a morning of sunshine the puddles were still frozen.

Three miles from St Andrews Three miles from St Andrews


Two miles from St Andrews

Two miles from St Andrews Outside the Castle Course
The two-mile stone is outside the Castle Golf Course and Clubhouse.

Two miles from St Andrews Two miles from St Andrews
The Milestones of Fife (2005) reports that this stone also has its cap missing.

Fading light
It was only about 2.30 but already the light was going.


The first milestone out of St Andrews

First milestone out of St Andrews First milestone out of St Andrews
The first milestone out of St Andrews is before the fork at Brownhills. It belongs to the same series as the stones on the Anstruther road, showing Newport instead of Cupar, and Anstruther, Kilrenny and Pittenweem instead of Boarhills, Kingsbarns and Crail. (It was photographed in bright morning sunshine on the walk to Stravithie.)