Ceres to Markinch (Section 9)



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 33 km or 20 miles from Ceres to Markinch


The KCR continues on the B939 through Ceres to Craigrothie on a long gentle upward climb. Turn left at the T-junction onto the A916 and then next right, down the steep hill into Chance Inn. (This little hill will come as a nasty surprise for anyone going north on NCN 1 towards St. Andrews.)

Follow the road through the village and out into the countryside. Unfortunately this road follows the line of the hills which means climbing and descending - all in a good cause as the views to the right, over the Bow of Fife is well worth the effort.

At the next T-junction, turn right then straight over at the next cross roads. Note: take care at this junction as there is restricted visibility to the left and right.

The road winds its way through an old quarry then to the last of the vantage points which occurs just after the tree line ends, there then follows a descent to the hamlet of Burnturk, carry straight through.

A few miles down the road, not long after entering a wood, the KCR comes to a T-junction. NCN 1 (from Falkland) joins from the right while the KCR continues to the left. The link route from Falkland will be described in a separate section.

Continuing with the KCR, the route goes left then next right to the curiously named village of Star, turn right and follow the road as it meanders its way through. Keep an eye out for the well camouflaged pill box on the right, between the end of the village and the next junction. Turn right at the junction. Keeping an eye out on the left for a more substantial pill box at the end of a line of trees, this emplacement and the deep railway cutting shortly after formed part of the inner line of defence in case of a German invasion. Not long after the railway bridge is another T-junction, turn right and follow the road into Markinch.

Upon entering the town, the road is dominated by an ancient stone cross, a description of the cross is on the wall to the left of the road.

All Material Copyright Of Wallace Shackleton [2001]



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