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These pictures were taken on a bright sunny day towards the end of May 2015. It's eight miles from Lindores and Cupar, but I have photographs of only four of the eight stones that should be there. Two (at Dunbog and Ayton) are listed as missing in the Gazetteer in The Milestones of Fife, although they are marked on the OS map. The stone at the Parbroath crossroads is on the map and listed in the Gazetteer, but I couldn't find it. Finally, I missed the stone on the Balgarvie Road on the outskirts of Cupar, because of the queues of traffic at the Fife Show.
The stone between Parbroath and Kilmaron, which the Gazetteer describes as being at Moonzie Church, is not marked on the map.
An account of the walk can be seen here. (PDF file)
The milestone showing 2¼ miles from Newburgh is at the Cupar end of Lindores, beside the speed-limit sign, a few dozen yards from the bus-stop and the turning to Collessie. Its cap, missing when the Gazetteer was compiled, has been restored.
Inchrye Abbey Home Farm: the steading, listed by Historic Scotland as "At Risk", belonged to Inchrye Abbey, a Gothic revival house built around 1827, now demolished.
There were now three miles from Blinkbonny to Parbroath without any milestones.
The Gazetteer and the OS map agree that there should be a milestone at Parbroath crossroads, but I couldn't find it. The Gazetteer describes it as "skew" and lacking a cap.
The Moonzie milestone is not marked on the OS map. The Gazetteer says it is at Moonzie Church, but I couldn't see a church. I almost didn't see the milestone; it is set back from the road and below the level of the verge, and was almost hidden by long grass and weeds.
The footpath starts at Kilmaron and carries on into Cupar, running at first beside a well-maintained stone wall, presumably dating back to the early 19 century, when Kilmaron Castle was built (1815). The castle was demolished in 1984.
Because of the heavy traffic going to the Fife Show I missed the milestone on Balgarvie Road.
I returned at the end of July to find the Balgarvie Road milestone. These photographs were taken on a dull, grey morning. An account of the search is available here.
It took me a while to find the stone,hidden in the long grass, and not quite where I expected it. The map shows it on the far side of the burn, but it is in fact on the side closer to Cupar. It is, as the Gazetteer says, unpainted and capless.