right, which will return you the starting point. Continue straight on to return to the car park.

Yellow Route

From the starting point continue to the first junction where all the routes diverge. Turn left and follow the road to the next junction and turn left. At the next junction cross straight over and go around the gate, the road may be muddy at this point. The next turn is left, following the road underneath the High Tension (HT) power lines to re-enter the forest, where a short while later you will come to a gate, go around this gate, cross straight over and around the final gate. Follow this road all the way to the starting point.

Purple Route

This is the longest route and more physically demanding of the three, although is should be OK for mixed ability groups ( a euphemism for a family comprising of Ma, Pa and the wanes.)

From the starting point follow the track out to the first junction, this time turning right which will lead you out of the forest, go around the gate and turn left onto the farm road, following the farm track for a short distance before turning left, going around another gate and re-entering the forest. Continue along this track to join with the Blue route, which will be shortly lead to the NCRE installation and from there down to a junction. This time cross over and follow the road ahead, if you start going uphill then you have taken the wrong turning!

The purple route will lead you to along the shores of Peppermill Dam. The old boathouse is worth seeing just for the fact that you will wonder how on earth someone managed to

get two cars into the water! Back on the path, which will start climbing slightly amongst the rhododendron bushes. The other thing you will not have missed is the state of the path, it will remain boggy for a couple of hundred metres to come. The path will pass under the HT power lines to come to a junction. The purple route goes to the left, back under the power lines and into the forest to a semi hidden junction amongst the “rhodie” bushes, turn right and follow the path through the bushes to turn finally left back into the forest and a set of double gates straddling the road up to Keir Farm.

Follow the track straight on which will lead you back to the starting point.

Standard Stone

A quick glance at the map and I was heading for a standing stone, only to find that the stone was recumbent and it was a Standard stone. The story goes that the sockets in the stone were used to support the Scots battle standards when they fought the Danes at nearby Bordie Moor. The Tartan Army lost this one. It seems unlikely that the stone was used for that purpose and is in fact, according the Royal Commission of Ancient and Historical Monuments it is a “march” or boundary stone between Tulliallan and Cuross parishes.

If you are interested in seeing this piece of history then the best directions I can give you is to look for a track made by a forestry vehicle on the right which goes up a small embankment heading south. Parts of this track are boggy and very difficult to follow on a bike. About 50 m from the dyke (wall) to the left and some 10 m off the path is the stone with two square sockets cut into it.

Another stone is lying nearby and may have been inserted in the sockets.

Other routes

Heading north towards the sand quarry will lead to the West Fife Cycle Way near Bogside station, turning left to pass by the old signal box will lead to a car park at the boundary between the Fife and Clackmannan sections of the cycle path. Head into the car park and follow the road to the left going over the railway bridge and uphill through the trees to come to a junction with the A907. Turn right and a mile or so down the road turn left, going through the gate and up the track towards the trees, at the junction turn left and through the gate. Follow this road all the way for a couple of kilometres to a T-junction to join onto the route you took to go to the sand quarry.

It is possible to go around Peppermill Dam though it may be necessary to get off the bike and push between the purple route and the head of the dam. Just before the head of the dam, you will cross a fence and a deep ditch. This is in fact the old lade which used to supply the nearby paper mill with water. Now the water is drawn away in an underground conduit pipe. An interesting diversion is to head down the track, following the power lines for a short distance and turn right into a narrow path which will lead to the derelict Tulliallan Church and mausoleum. The gravestones date from the 17 th and 18 th centuries and are adorned with the standard sign of mortality - the skull and cross bones.

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