Strathmiglo To Newburgh (Section 4)



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 19 km or 16 miles from the Strathmiglo to Newburgh.


a - From Strathmiglo, turn right onto the A912. This road can be unpleasant to cycle upon: narrow and carrying fast traffic it is a blessing that the rider is only on it for a mile before turning left onto a much quieter road. Follow this little counry road as it twists and turns to the T-junction with the B936, turn left and continue to Auchtermuchty.

b - For those that wish to strictly follow the North Sea Cycle Route, then turn right at the B936, passing through Dunshelt to Falkland on a cycle lane. If a slightly shorter route to Falkland is desired then continue on the A912. It my be better to consider using the northern half of the KCR, less hill climbs on this portion of the route – Sustrans just loves hills! The B936 crosses the A91 Stirling - St. Andrews road. Care should be taken here as there is limited time before on coming traffic is upon you. If all else fails a nearby pedestrian crossing will help. Cross straight over and follow the road through `muchty and up a pleasant wooded glen.

c - About two miles out of `muchty there is a choice of routes. Turning left at a cross roads (a KCR green route is to the right) gives a slightly shorter route to Newburgh at the cost of climbing a steep hill. My advice is to stick to the marked route and take the next way marked left hand turn. This turning leads on to a narrow country road with minimal gradients. Both roads come out at the same place, marked on the Ordinance Survey map as “MacDuff’s Cross” which is in fact a pile of stone in a field. If you are following the marked route, turn right and be ready for a steep descent to Newburgh. However, take the time to sit on the bench at the top and savour the view towards Perth and the highlands beyond.

d - The descent is one of those that get the brake blocks screaming against the rims. The road twists and turns as it enters Newburgh, over the railway bridge and down some more. At the bottom, turn right and go along the main street; the town has seen changed times, though it is very rich in examples of old Scottish architecture. Note: this last hill is not a pleasant prospect to climb when using the northern half of the KCR, while going south, better off using the St.Andrews - Glenrothes portion of the KCR.

e - Continue all the way through the town on the A913, then turn left as you leave the town. The KCR sign is poorly sited and easily missed. Basically, if you pass the cemetery then turn back and take the next right! The KCR passes the ruins of Lindores Abbey, the stones of which has been robbed by adjacent houses since the Reformation! The next section to Balmerino is a long and to some boring stretch of road, keep your eyes open there is still some stuff to see!

All Material Copyright Of Wallace Shackleton [2001]