A beautiful Sunday in the Devilla forest

Route: Devilla Forest - Four Lochs, near Kincardine

Date walked: 29/04/2018

Time taken: 3 hours

Distance: 11km

It was too nice a day not to go out but I didn't fancy a big hall walk so took a trip 40 minutes away to the Devilla forest plantation. What a brilliant walk! Really varied, interesting, excellent paths and lots of wildlife. I didn't quite follow the WH route as there was a few paths heading through the trees that were a bit more interesting than the forestry tracks! So, from the good sized car park it was round to Bordie Loch and a wander up to the Standard Stone as marked on the OS map:
ImageDSCF2116 by Phoebe Warner, on Flickr
ImageDSCF2119 by Phoebe Warner, on Flickr

After a stretch of forestry tracks I came across a sign on a tree on the right hand side for Moor Loch and the curling pond. This path certainly looked a lot more interesting so I went off along and I'm glad I did! It was a clear path and there was lovely walk through a rhododendron tunnel and great views over Moor Loch, although the curling pond is nothing but a bog hidden in the undergrowth now.
ImageDSCF2123 by Phoebe Warner, on Flickr
ImageDSCF2128 by Phoebe Warner, on Flickr

After reaching Peppermill Dam I spotted a mausoleum on the OS map at the west end of it and I like an old graveyard so I decided to take a wander down. There was a good amount of Covenanters graves here and one of the graves that was still legible had a date of 1697 :o Had the sky gone dark and the birds stopped singing it would have been a little creepy but it was an interesting visit.
ImageDSCF2144 by Phoebe Warner, on Flickr ImageDSCF2138 by Phoebe Warner, on Flickr ImageDSCF2137 by Phoebe Warner, on Flickr ImageDSCF2136 by Phoebe Warner, on Flickr

Onwards with the walk, it was a long stretch along the huge Peppermill dam and then a fairly boring stretch of forestry tracks again. But eventually I was at Keir dam, which I think was my favourite loch of the walk! The water was so clear and there was a pair of nesting swans in the middle of it.
ImageDSCF2147 by Phoebe Warner, on Flickr ImageIMG_0308 by Phoebe Warner, on Flickr ImageDSCF2148 by Phoebe Warner, on Flickr

This was a walk that was much better than expected, will definitely do it again as a relaxing half day walk. I was actually sad to be back at the car for a change! Seeing as though I still had some of the afternoon left I took a drive down to Culross, which was another pleasant surprise, and had a look around the old abbey and the remains of West Kirk. A well spent Sunday on the Fife coast! :clap:

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