Country Walk in Kirkcaldy, Fife part 2

So here we are again for part two of that rural walk in Fife and this is another photo of a horse, the one which didn’t come down for a drink but just wanted to see what we were doing. He wasn’t at all impressed with us.

park mill stream horses
Onward and upward! A golf course does bite into the farmland but I try to ignore that fact as there are so many of the flaming blots on the landscape around Fife.
 a country track.
Yet another path which is going to look entirely different within a couple of weeks.
A country path
Some daffodils on the edge of the path.
wild daffodils
Eventually you reach this ruined tower which I think has something to do with the Scott family of Michael Scott fame.
ruined tower
Further on you get this view of the tower and you can see that there are people living right next to it in converted farm buildings.
ruin near Kirkcaldy, Fife.
Looking in another direction you can see a railway viaduct which is still in use and the Firth of Forth beyond it. The hills of North Berwick on the other side of the Forth are visible if you click to enlarge.
furrows and viaduct
This is Jack yomping along amongst the broom which is blooming early this year, some of it has been flowering for weeks. This part of the countryside was a railway track which was closed down in the 1960s when Dr Beeching devastated the British railway system, cutting off many rural areas completely. It later transpired that Beeching had an ulterior motive as he had gained financially from the exploit. Surprise surprise!

path + Jack

A close up of the broom, so called because it was cut and used as brooms in the distant past. Its botanical name is Planta genista and it is what the Plantagenets took their name from as it was their emblem.

broom gorse

As you can see the ground here is very marshy and some of it is flooded despite the fact that it has been really dry recently.
marshland near Kirkcaldy
On the way back home now and I took this photo of the tree shadows on a ploughed field, it looked much better in reality but it’ll be interesting to see the contrast when all the leaves are burgeoning in a few weeks.
Tree shadows
More tree shadows.
Tree shadows

It’s nice to be able to have a walk in the countryside on my doorstep but it has to be said that there’s not much in the way of wildlife. We met four horses, one flying goose, one boxer dog, one rottweiler(scary), we heard one cockerell and said hello to two friendly farm women – and that was it, apart from one very long-dead sheep. It took us two hours and ten minutes to complete the walk and if I sat in my garden for that long I would see hundreds of birds visiting it. The countryside seems to be fairly bereft of birdlife, I suppose there are richer pickings for them in gardens.

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed your walk, we went home and made some coffee, so imagine you’re having some coffee/tea and cakes along with us, I wish I could offer you some real ones but at least the virtual ones are calorie free!

6 thoughts on “Country Walk in Kirkcaldy, Fife part 2

  1. I am so envious of your lovely country walks, so close to your house! The Delaware River, here in Philadelphia, is not in the least picturesque. It’s a dirty industrial river with lots of trash. I’m always expecting, not unrealistically, to see a dead body! Maybe the next time I walk along the river, I’ll keep my eyes closed an imagine YOUR walk!

    • Joan,
      Sadly you just have to retrace your steps when you go on this walk as barbed wire blocks the way eventually, so it’s not nearly as good as the walks we could go on in the west of Scotland and the scenery is not nearly as good either. It’s obviously a lot better than what you have. The Delaware sounds lovely, shame it’s so polluted, industries have to obey strict regulations here otherwise they’re fined heavily. The Clyde used to be brown but now there are salmon swimming in it again.

  2. Lvely, Katrina. You have some nice phots there, I love the one of the path at the beginning – second pic I think, and one of shadows in a field nearer the end. Wonder why there’s so little in the way of wildlife along the path! Strange!!

    • Evee,
      Yes it’s weird because we were the only walkers so any animals wouldn’t have been disturbed by anyone else, there weren’t even any moles at work!

  3. Great to see part 2.

    I do love the sight of daffodils, and that ruined tower you could see featuring in a gothic novel with mist swirling round it!

    You do inspire me to get out and take photos of my local landscape, perhaps whilst off from work I might get the camera out.

    • Jo,
      It was very foggy on Saturday, perfect conditions for a gothic ruin but it was too cold to walk up there. Since then it has been very warm for March.
      I hope you manage to take some photos of your area, I’d like to see what the landscape is like.

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