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Milestones on the road from Dairsie to Forgan Roundabout
There are seven milestones on the Dairsie to Forgan stretch of the road between Pettycur on
the Forth and Newport on the Tay.
These photographs were taken on Friday 6 April 2012 (Good Friday). It was a dull day, drizzling for most of the time.
Here is an account of the walk. (PDF file)
8 miles from Newport
Going down out of Dairsie towards the roundabout, and looking through trees onto the
road to Balmullo.
The milestone just beyond the roundabout on the St Andrews road
First milestone on the road to Balmullo, St Michaels and Newport.
Pettycur was the Fife end of an important Forth ferry crossing.
New Inn was a coaching inn near Markinch, just south of where
the roads to Newport and Perth divide. It declined in importance with the coming
of the railways, and was demolished in the 1960s to make way for the A92, its name surviving in the
New Inn Roundabout. (see Place-names of Fife volume 2)
Top of the ironwork, inscribed: "Alexr Russell Kirkcaldy Foundry 1824".
Looking back from the milestone towards the roundabout.
Just after the milestone the Moonzie Burn goes under the road on its way
to join the Motray Water before Guardbridge.
A little further on the road passes the end of the drive to Pittormie Castle, with gates,
welcoming notice and surveillance camera. Further on again there is a view of the Castle itself. It is the headquarters of the absurdly
exclusive Eden Club, founded in 1997.
7 miles from Newport
Looking back towards the Thai Teak shop and the turning to Logie, and across a field
towards white blossom (cherry or blackthorn?).
On the way to Balmullo: Hayston Farm and the quarry.
6 miles from Newport
The milestone is just before the entrance to Balmullo.
5 miles from Newport
The milestone with fields behind it.
Looking back at a gas pipeline marker.
Hawthorn just in leaf, and agricultural litter beside the 5 mile stone.
The Motray Water goes under the road just before St Michaels.
Footpath to Leuchars: the Coffin Road
Proliferation of signs at the St Michaels crossroads.
Direction stone at the turn-off to Tayport (Ferryport on Craig).
4 miles from Newport
The four mile stone is just before the Wormit turn-off.
Unlike the other stones, this one has the date picked out in black.
View of the railway line from the 4 mile stone.
3 miles from Newport
The 3 mile milestone is at Pickletillem (or Pickletillum), where the inn looks abandoned.
2 miles from Newport
Church visible on the right between the three-mile and two-mile milestones.
Approaching the Forgan roundabout
The road ahead from the 2-mile stone. Shortly afterwards, wind turbines are visible on the left.
The end of the walk at Forgan roundabout.