A 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:

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.

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.

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.

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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