A country walk in Fife, Scotland

Come on, it’s time to get some fresh air and go on our first springtime walk of the year. This place is called Braes Loan and it’s a walk we hadn’t done before. Just 2.5 miles long I think – so easy peasy! It begins in Markinch and loops up and around part of the town ending very close to where the walk began.

Braes Loan, Markinch

The narrow lane above is quite steep as you would expect from a place called ‘brae’ – it’s Scots for hill, and it isn’t long before you get to farmland with views of the much higher Lomond Hills in the background.

Farmland and Lomond Hills in Fife

I took these photos on Saturday the 23rd of April, it was probably the warmest day we’ve had this year, not that it got any warmer than about 60 F, but it was still a very pleasant change from our long cold winter weather. How do you feel about wind turbines? Some people hate them, including a certain POTUS who is miffed that some are going to be visible from one of his Scottish golf courses, but I like them, in the distance anyway. It’s the golf courses that blight the landscape in my opinion, certainly in Fife (the home of golf) where we have just far too many of them!

Fife farmland

The view on the left hand side of the path is of woodland, and I like these old stone steps that lead to another path through the woods, we’ll take that path another day.

Braes loan in Fife

Onwards and upwards, the trees will not be quite so bare now, nearly three weeks since I took these photos.

Braes Loan path

But the celandines were happily showing their cheery wee faces in the sunshine.
celandines

There’s some kind of crop beginning to grow in this field, I’ll have to go back later in the year to find out what it is. In the distance you can see the small and historic town of Markinch.
Markinch in Fife

As you can see we’re still walking uphill, although it does even out from time to time so it’s not a relentless hike up. It seems to me that no matter what the month is in Scotland you’ll be able to find gorse or ‘whins’ as it’s called in Scotland in bloom, it fairly brightens the place.

Braes Loan, Fife, whins

I think the photo below was taken more or less at the highest point of the walk. It’s a bit hazy but in the distance you can see the River Forth which is several miles away. Surprisingly there are a few lonely scattered houses in this area and they obviously want electricity, hence the annoying wires in the photo – how very dare they!

Fife, River Forth, Scotland

Suddenly we reached a road and more or less flat land where there were a few horses looking for some human company. The small village in the distance goes by the poetic name of Star of Markinch and at one point the author Annie S. Swan lived here with her husband.

Star of Markinch

I don’t speak ‘horse’ and when they amble up to me it seems to me they always have something in mind, I find it a bit alarming. I just end up stroking their noses tentatively, while looking out for flashing teeth getting too close for my comfort!
horses

I’ve got a fair idea though that as I backed away from them they were saying – Oi! Come back, what – no apples? What was that all about then! There’s no doubt about it, horses find me disappointing.
horses , Fife

We’re about two thirds of the way through the walk now but we’ll take a break now and finish it off another day. If this is your first country walk for a while you’ll be needing a break. I hope you enjoyed this breath of fresh Fife air as much as I did!

10 thoughts on “A country walk in Fife, Scotland

  1. Very fresh and invigorating!
    As for the horses, noble beasts as they are, I’m content to just admire from a very safe distance.

  2. Lovely! And I also like wind turbines, though not in great numbers. We have one on our skyline and I love it. My grandsons named it Windy Turnbine on their first visit here and the name has stuck! Hope you have the sunshine for this weekend, Katrina 🙂

    • Sandra,
      I love it when families have their own special vocabulary. So far so good, after a grey start it turned into a lovely day here.

  3. What a lovely walk! But, you’re right, I’m exhausted. Jack and I mean to walk every day, nothing like the distances you walk, but if we don’t go in the morning, things keep getting in the way. Then it’s bed time and we haven’t walked. Our potential walks now are nicer than in the city, but yours win by a landslide for beauty. And horses!

    • Joan,
      I find it’s best to get a good walk in early in the day, and if it’s nice another one after dinner time – in the light nights anyway. I read somewhere that city/town dwellers walk more than country people, and I can believe that as in the country it gets so muddy underfoot so quickly. The scenery around here is quite nice, but not a patch on the west!

    • Christy,
      Horses are lovely but just too big to be comfortable with. I’m fine with most cats and dogs although prefer dogs, but I’m happy to just borrow other people’s – that’s enough.

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