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Lindores to Cupar

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)


Lindores

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.

Lindores Lindores

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Lindores Lindores
Looking back and forwards at the edge of Lindores

Inchrye Abbey Home Farm
Inchrye Abbey Home Farm
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.

Ploughed field beside Inchyre
Looking over the fields to Dunbog Hill (on left)


Blinkbonny

Blinkbonny
Blinkbonny Lodge amongst the trees

Doocot at Blinkbonny >Doocot at Blinkbonny
Doocot at Blinkbonny. Glenduckie Hill beyond.

Blinkbonny milestone 7 miles from Cupar Blinkbonny milestone 7 miles from Cupar Blinkbonny milestone 7 miles from Cupar
Blinkbonny milestone 7 miles from Cupar Blinkbonny milestone 7 miles from Cupar
Blinkbonny milestone 7 miles from Cupar
Dunbog hill behind the Blinkbonny milestone.


Dunbog and Ayton: missing stones

There were now three miles from Blinkbonny to Parbroath without any milestones.

Glenduckie and Dunbog crossroads Road to Dunbog
Glenduckie and Dunbog crossroads, with view of old railway bridge over the Dunbog road.

Drain cover Approaching Dunbog School
On the way to Dunbog school

Johnston and Johnstonfield Johnston and Johnstonfield Dunbog Church
The first missing milestone is marked on the OS map just beyond the turning to Johnston and Dunbog Church.

Ayton Smithy: turning to Normans Law
The second missing milestone is marked on the map a few hundred yards past this crossroads, with the turning north to Norman's Law and south to Collairnie Castle.

Ayton Smithy: unidentified hedge plant
I wasn't sure about this hedge; it looks a bit like elder just coming into flower, but the buds are very pink.


Parbroath

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.

Approaching the A92 Beyond the A92
The road approaches the staggered crossroads with the A92, and then climbs up beside Lindifferon Hill.

The A92 The A92
Looking across the fields towards the A92.

Parbroath Farm on the A92  Fife Show
At the Parbroath crossroads


Moonzie

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.

3 miles from Cupar 3 miles from Cupar
3 miles from Cupar 3 miles from Cupar

Looking back from the Moonzie Milestone Looking back from the Moonzie Milestone
Looking back from the milestone towards Norman's Law


Kilmaron Den

Turning to Moonzie just before Kilmaron Turning to Moonzie just before Kilmaron Turning to Moonzie just before Kilmaron
There is a turning off to Moonzie just before Kilmaron. Looking back towards the turning you can see the ditch running behind the hedge.

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Kilmaron: 2 miles from Cupar
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.


Balgarvie Road

Because of the heavy traffic going to the Fife Show I missed the milestone on Balgarvie Road.

The Fife Show
The Fife Show The Fife Show


Balgarvie Road revisited

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.

The milestone is shown on the map just beside the bridge over this burn coming from Kinloss House.
ditch leading to Kinloss House

While searching for the milestone I took a photo of the Hopetoun Monument.
Hopetoun Monument

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.
Balgarvie Road milestone Balgarvie Road milestone
Balgarvie Road milestone
Balgarvie Road milestone Balgarvie Road milestone