Townhill To Kinross (Section 2)



The Kingdom Cycle Route (KCR) forms part of the National Cycle (NCN) Route 1 and is an integral part of the North Sea Cycle route. The North Sea Cycle route connects mainland Scotland, to Orkney, Shetland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Netherlands and England. In all 5,700 km or 3,500 miles of quiet roads and cycle tracks. The 168 km or 105 miles KCR is a circular route linking the Forth to Tay Bridges, running from North Queensferry to Tayport and back by way of Glenrothes and Kirkcaldy.

This section covers the 16 km or 10 miles from the Townhill to Kinross


The second part of the Kingdom Cycle Route, (KCR) is much quieter. Leaving Townhill, it heads northwards over the Cleish Hills to Kinross. This route is not without controversy, going north there is an overall climb of approx. 150 metres from Townhill to the top of the Cleish Hills. Going south is worse, approximately 160m has to be climbed in two kilometres.

a - Continuing from the Forth Bridge - Townhill section.

b - Set of partly concealed traffic lights at the junction of the B915. Turn right. The route passes an industrial park which houses the Scottish Bus Museum, (open Sundays during the summer months.)

c - Just after a group of cottages is a Y - junction. Take care here as fast traffic joins from the left. Shortly afterwards turn left sign posted Loch Glow, the KCR signpost on the right is difficult to notice... the climbing starts here.

d - The green recreational cycle route from Lochore joins on the right, (not a comfortable road for riders with narrow tyres), continue onwards.

e - Scenic viewpoint good views of the County of Kinross and Loch Leven. Take care on the descent, especially behind Nivingston House.

f - At the bottom, turn right and next left onto the B9097. At the next junction go straight on, sign posted Kinross.

g - After passing under the motorway, turn left onto the B996 and into Kinross. Continue straight on at the mini-roundabout. If your bike has narrow tyres then it may be prudent to miss out the next section. The surface of the cycle path varies from OK to uncomfortable, is is not on a par with the NCN 76, West Fife Cycle Way at Dunfermline. To detour: continue from Kinross to Milnathort, turn right at the mini-roundabout, and then turn first right sign posted Arlary. This road passes the end of the cycle path at Mawcarse Farm alternatively continue past the Water Treatment Works, turn right at the T-junction, continue past the Balgeddie Toll Inn (route description covered in part three.)

h - Turn right sign posted for Kinnesswood. This is a narrow road and can carry fast traffic.

i - Turn left at the Milnathort Waste Water Treatment Works and straight onto the track, then turn right onto the cycle path built on the bed of the old railway.

All Material Copyright Of Wallace Shackleton [2001]