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Milestones between Kingsbarns and Anstruther on the A917

These photographs were taken on 11 August 2013, on a blustery day with bright sunshine and dark clouds. The milestones have cursive lettering, with exception of two whose caps were reported as missing in the gazetteer in The Milestones of Fife, but have subsequently been restored.

An account of the walk is available here (PDF file)


Kingsbarns

Kingsbarns letter-box Kingsbarns letter-box
Kingsbarns letter-box Kingsbarns letter-box
The VR hexagonal letterbox in Kingsbarns.

The way out of Kingsbarns The way out of Kingsbarns
The road out of Kingsbarns, with the milestone, and cattle in the rough pasture.

The Kingsbarns milestone The Kingsbarns milestone
The Kingsbarns milestone The Kingsbarns milestone
Zero miles from Kingsbarns and 7 miles from St Andrews and Anstruther


The Newhall milestone

Flower near the entrance to Cambo
This flower and bee caught my attention close to the Cambo entrance, shortly before the Newhall milestone.

Approaching the Newhall milestone Looking back towards Cambo from Newhall
Approaching the Newhall milestone and looking back towards Cambo

Newhall milestone Newhall milestone
Newhall milestone Newhall milestone
The Newhall milestone, one mile from Kingsbarns

Randerston - just beyond Newhall Randerston - just beyond Newhal
Randerston is the next farm after East and West Newhall. From the track you get a sudden view of the sea.


Two miles from Kingsbarns
One mile from Crail

Flowers Flowers
I couldn't identify these flowers on the way to the two-mile milestone.

B9171 junction The second milestone
Modern signage at the junction with the B9171. The milestone is shortly after the turning, with a view out to sea towards the Isle of May.

Two miles from Kingsbarns Two miles from Kingsbarns
Two miles from Kingsbarns Two miles from Kingsbarns
Two miles from Kingsbarns, shortly before Damside

Damside

View of Crail
View across the fields towards the houses on the road leading from Crail to Balcomie


Approaching Crail

Flowers
More unidentified flowers on the verge approaching Crail

B940
View across a field to the B940.

Waymarker Going into Crail
Waymarker at the junction of the B940 with the A917 going down into Crail

Waymarker outside Crail Waymarker outside Crail Waymarker outside Crail
The bottom three rows on the waymarker are:
Greigston -- Kingask
Ceres -- Brownhills
Cupar -- St Andrews

The manufacturer's name on the top rim is Robert Douglas Engineer Cupar


Leaving Crail

Crail beacon Crail milestone Crail milestone
The milestone is on the way out of Crail, opposite the slope where the beacon stands.

Crail milestone Crail milestone Crail milestone
The Milestones of Fife lists this stone as having its cap missing. The distance to Kingsbarns (5½ miles) is wrong; it should be 3½. The other distances are consistent with the later stones in the sequence.


Barnsmuir

The milestone is between Old Barns and Barnsmuir. Barnsmuir is evidently a big producer of vegetables, as I saw several large "Vegcraft" trailers bearing its name.

Barnsmuir broccoli field Barnsmuir broccoli field and polytunnels
Barnsmuir broccoli field and polytunnels

Barnsmuir milestone Barnsmuir milestone
Barnsmuir milestone Barnsmuir milestone

Isle of May from the Barnsmuir milestone
The Isle of May from the Barnsmuir milestone


Before Kilrenny

Approaching Kilrenny Church
Approaching Kilrenny with the churchtower just visible

Milestone before Kilrenny Milestone before Kilrenny
Milestone before Kilrenny Milestone before Kilrenny
Crail and Burntisland are shown on the wrong sides of the cap. The Milestones of Fife lists this stone as having its cap missing.


The Scott Mausoleum

I made a short diversion to photograph General Scott's mausoleum in Kilrenny churchyard.

Scott Mausoleum Scott Mausoleum

The Mausoleum was commissioned around the year 1800 by Scott's eldest daughter, Henrietta Duchess of Portland. It had no name attached to it until the plaque was added in 1911.


Coming into Anstruther

Approaching Anstruther Anstruther one mile
The milestone is between Kilrenny and the eastern edge of Anstruther and Cellardyke.

Anstruther one mile Anstruther one mile
Anstruther one mile Anstruther one mile

Silverdykes Silverdykes

The new development on the edge of the town uses the old form of the name Cellardyke.