KINGDOM OF FIFE CYCLE ROUTE

Guardbridge to Ceres (Section 8)


MAP AND ROUTE COMPILED BY WALLACE SHACKLETON OF THE FIFE & KINROSS DA

 

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 13 km or 8 miles from Guardbridge to Ceres

 

1. After crossing the River Eden, continue along the old A91 road and through the lay by, use the shared use footpath for a short distance and cross directly over the A91 road. Use the footpath on the far side then join the road to Strathkinness. One point of interest at Kincaple Farm, is the commemoration to the Queens Coronation in 1953, set into the wall of the farm building.

2. Continue along the road and up the long drawn out climb to Strathkinness. Upon entering the village turn right and follow this road to Kemback. All the height so gained on the climb up to Strathkinness is lost on the descent to the River Eden. Going the other way is a long a drawn out climb which can be avoided by using the B939. This diversion can be made by continuing through Pitscottie on the B939 and then turning left to Strathkinness.

3. The drawback of the diversion is missing Dura Den. This wooded gorge is one of the hidden beauty spots of Fife and is well worth a visit. Fossils are said to be found on the crags next to the road. The Ceres burn which flows through the Den was used extensively for water power, a number of lades and dams can be seen along the way.

4. The road from the Den enters Pitscottie and makes a left turn at a T-junction then a right turn onto the B939 to Ceres.

5. The old Fife village of Ceres lies a few miles along the road and is another of Fifes hidden beauties. Almost unique in the kingdom is a pack horse bridge, over the Craighall Burn, to the left of the modern crossing. Ceres also has a curious stone carving on the left hand side before the bridge. See for yourself. There is also a Folk Museum in the village.



All Material Copyright Of Wallace Shackleton [2001]