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Guardbridge to Drumcarrow on the road to Peat Inn

Five milestones on the road from Guardbridge to Peat Inn were visited on Sunday 16 November 2014, in the course of a walk from Guardbridge to St Andrews via Strathkinness and Craigtoun. It was a day of milky sunshine, always threatening to become more overcast. An account of the walk can be seen here. (PDF file)

North of Kincaple

Strathkinness turning at Guardbridge Strathkinness turning at Guardbridge
Strathkinness turning at Guardbridge Strathkinness turning at Guardbridge
The turn-off to Strathkinness outside Guardbridge, with views across the Eden estuary.

First milestone on the road to Strathkinness and Peat Inn First milestone on the road to Strathkinness and Peat Inn
First milestone on the road to Strathkinness and Peat Inn First milestone on the road to Strathkinness and Peat Inn
The first milestone is just a little way up from the corner.

Towards Kincaple

Kincaple Kincaple


North of Strathkinness

Gatepost - beyond Kincaple

Milestone north of Strathkinness Milestone north of Strathkinness
Milestone north of Strathkinness Milestone north of Strathkinness
The second milestone is north of Strathkinness, on the way up to the Strathkinness High Road.

Approaching Strathkinness


Through Strathkinness to the third milestone

View from Strathkinness High Road
Looking down through Strathkinness towards the Low Road and the road up to Magus Muir. Drumcarrow Craig is in the distance.

In Strathkinness In Strathkinness
Streetnames in Strathkinness. Younger Place is part of the new development, with a new letter box.

Approaching  Strathkinness Low Road

Milestone south of Strathkinness Milestone south of Strathkinness
Milestone south of Strathkinness Milestone south of Strathkinness
Milestone south of Strathkinness
The third milestone is just before the Strathkinness Low Road.

Milestone on the Low Road
Milestone on the Strathkinness Low Road, showing 3 miles to St Andrews. See the walk from St Andrews to Ceres.


Magus Muir

After Strathkinness the road climbs towards Magus Muir.

Looking back to the Strthkinness Low Road Ditch on the road to Magus Muir Bollard
The verge is too narrow to accommodate the road-sign easily, so here the ditch runs through a short calvert. Nearby is a bollard, presumably marking the track of an electricity cable.

Archbishop Sharp's monument Archbishop Sharp's monument Covenanters' monument
Monuments erected on Magus Muir by John Whyte-Melville in 1877

Bishop's Road notice Sign-post on Magus Muir Magus Muir interpretation board
Modern signage at Magus Muir

Burn on Magus Muir Ditch
On the road leading up to the Craigtoun Road. The burn rises on Drumcarrow Craig and joins the Kinness just before St Andrews.


The fourth milestone

The fourth milestone is at Elderburn, between the Craigtoun Road and the turning to Denhead.

Fourth Milestone at Elderburn Fourth Milestone at Elderburn

Fourth Milestone at Elderburn Fourth Milestone at Elderburn Fourth Milestone at Elderburn


Drumcarrow and the milestone at Cassindonald

The road climbs with Drumcarow Craig on the right. Near the top is the Drumcarrow Equestrian Centre. The road then goes down to Cassindonald and the fifth milestone.

Drumcarrow Craig
Drumcarrow Craig and its communications masts

Equestrian Centre Equestrian Centre

Fifth milestone at Cassindonald Fifth milestone at Cassindonald

Fifth milestone at Cassindonald Fifth milestone at Cassindonald :Fifth milestone at Cassindonald
This is a different style of cap from those of the other stones on this route; The Gazetteer in The Milestones of Fife indicates that it was missing when the survey was done. Newport and Colinsburgh are both shown on the wrong side of the cap.

Fifth milestone at Cassindonald


There is one more milestone on this road, at Blackwalls, which I shall visit as part of a later walk.