A short but steep and pathless ascent takes you to the site of the Dunearn Fort near Burntisland. Although only 221m above sea level the views from here are outstanding and well worth the 125m of ascent. Total distance out and back is only about 1 mile. The ground is quite rough and virtually pathless.
Start from a layby on the A909 at NT 206 873 where there is parking for a couple of cars. The layby is located next to the Stenhouse Fishery access road. From the road, climb over a ramshackle gate to walk along a grassy track that runs along the south side of Stenhouse Reservoir. When you reach a wall with an old gate go steeply up hill through the trees keeping the wall to your right hand side. A feint path line can be followed in places.After another gate you emerge on to rough open hillside. the path line heads away from the wall to go up hill with another wall this time to your left hand side. Keep going directly uphill where you will encounter yet another wall on your left hand side and will soon reach the summit.
The summit is marked, not with the usual trig point or cairn, but incredibly with the remains of an old piano! Regardless, enjoy the extensive views over the surrounding the area before continuing onwards on a feint grassy path with the wall on your left hand side.
The path reaches an opening in the wall which leads to Dunearn Loch. Having got over the piano, you now encounter a bath tub complete with taps sitting next to the loch! Walk around the loch in an anti-clockwise direction passing a pheasant feeding station. When you reach the opposite side of the loch from the bath, climb over the broken wall/fence at a convenient point and turn left.You will now start to go downhill and will soon meet up with the route by which you ascended the hill. If in doubt, keep the wall opposite you to your right hand side whilst descending.
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