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Upper Largo to Pittenweem via Colinsburgh
The route follows the A917 and the B942. The A917 is the coast road from Largo to St Andrews. At Balchrystie the B942 branches off, goes through Colinsburgh and rejoins the A917 just before Pittenweem. There are eight milestones, with another missing at Balchrystie; there are way-markers at Upper Largo and Balchrystie.
The photographs were taken on a sparkling day in November 2013. The low sun made photography difficult all day, and induced odd optical effects when it was shining through hedgerows as I walked, but these drawbacks were trivial compared with the beauty of the scene. An account of the walk is given here. (PDF file)
Way-marker at Upper Largo showing 10½ miles over the hill to St Andrews, and 13 miles along the coast to Crail.
Wood's Hospital: The nineteenth century building replaced the earlier one built around 1660 under the will of John Wood.
The first milestone (1¼ miles from Largo Pier) is just past the end of the 30mph limit on the road going East out of Upper Largo.
View across the Firth of Forth.
Largo Law with metal detectorists.
Damaged sign at entrance to Drumeldrie
View across Largo Bay to Leven and Methil.
Edward VII letter box in Drumeldrie.
The second milestone is just to the east of Drumeldrie.
Newburn Parish Church from just beyond the milestone.
There should be a milestone at Balchrystie, but The Milestones of Fife lists it as missing. There is a way-marker at the junction of the A917 and B942.
Between Drumeldrie and Balchrystie -- a "No Digging" sign on a gas pipeline marker, and a hillside showing either interesting geological or pre-historic features, or else a golf-course.
The fork in the road at Balchrystie, showing modern signage and the way-marker.
The next name on the left after Balmakin is Belliston; after Elie on the right is Ardross. To see more one would have to dig away the bank.
Views of Kilconqhuar Church from the road as it approaches Colinsburgh. The Bass Rock is just visible on the right of the top picture.
Entering Colinsburgh: views of the modern signage, and of some of the characteristic Colinsburgh houses.
The Colinsburgh milestone is set into the wall of a house -- easy to miss.
The fifth mile
The milestone is outside a house called Red Byres opposite Pitcorthie, just beyond the turning to Kilconquhar. It is 5¼ miles from Largo Pier, 1 mile from Colinsburgh and 23 from Burntisland; 4 miles from Pittenweem, 5 from Anstruter and 6¼ from Kilrenny.
Approaching the staggered cross-roads to Largoward (for Cupar) and Kilconquhar (for Elie).
The roadside and the wall of Redbyres, and the milestone itself were all coated with mud.
The milestone is just before the sharp right turn towards Abercrombie and Pittenweem that comes at the end of the long straight stretch from Colinsburgh.
Approaching the Abercrombie turning, notice the obliterated junction sign and the heavy traffic caused by the diversion from the coast road at St Monans. The milestone is beyond the brow of the hill.
Looking back from the milestone.
Last milestone before Pittenweem
The milestone is just after the old railway bridge, known as Waterless Bridge, and just before the road rejoins the coast road.
Looking south or south-west towards St Monans and the Forth.
The Isle of May from beside the milestone.
The milestone is set against the wall of a house on the main road through the village.
Evening in Pittenweem.