Fife Forests

Explore the twelve cycle trails spread equally over four forests in Fife. Created as part of the Kingdom of Fife Millennium Cycleways Project, these routes are ideal for families with easy and moderate grade rides. The four woodland areas are Devilla Forest west of Dunfermline, Blairadam Forest north-west of Kelty, Pitmedden Forest south of Newburgh, and Tentsmuir Forest north-east of Leuchars.

Location

Fife Forests are located in the Fife area of Scotland, north of Edinburgh and south of Dundee.

Let’s Pedal

Each of the Fife Forests has three cycling trails of easy or moderate difficulty for you to enjoy. Every trail is clearly waymarked as described below.

Devilla Forest

This ancient woodland has been used as a prehistoric burial ground, stone circles and Roman relics have been found and it was once the scene of the Battle of Bordie where King Duncan fought the Danes. Today, Devilla Forest is home to a number of red squirrels.

Blairadam Forest

Created by the Scottish architect, Sir William Adam, in the early 18th century, most of the trees were felled during both world wars and later replanted by the Forestry Commission.

Pitmedden Forest

Thought to be once part of the Scottish royal hunting ground of Auchtermuchty, large areas of Pitmedden were felled in 1917 for the war effort and later replanted with spruce trees.

Tentsmuir Forest

The flattest of the four forests, the three easy cycling trails are perfect for families and new cyclists. In the 11th century, the forest was a hunting ground for courtiers of Leuchars Castle, and was even home to a colony of shipwrecked sailors.

The forests are managed by Scotland Forestry Commission.

Route Distance

ForestDifficultyWaymark ColourDistance (Miles)Distance (Km)
Devilla ForestEasyYellow2.74.4
Devilla ForestEasy / ModerateBlue34.8
Devilla ForestModeratePurple5.58.9
Blairadam ForestEasy / ModerateYellow2.23.5
Blairadam ForestModerateBlue34.8
Blairadam ForestModeratePurple6.510.5
Pitmedden ForestModerateYellow2.23.5
Pitmedden ForestModerateBlue4.26.8
Pitmedden ForestModeratePurple914.5
Tentsmuir ForestEasyYellow2.74.4
Tentsmuir ForestEasyBlue4.57.2
Tentsmuir ForestEasyPurple5.28.4

Refreshments

You will refreshment stops available nearby the Fife Forests at:

Devilla Forest – In Kincardine

Blairadam Forest – In Kelty

Pitmedden Forest – In Abernathy

Tentsmuir Forest – In Leuchars or Tayport

Facilities

Toilets are located at:

None available.

Cycle Hire available at:

None available.

Tourist information available at:

None available.

How to get here

By Car

Devilla Forest is located 9 miles west of Dunfermline and accessed directly from the A985 Kincardine Bridge to Dunfermline road.

Blairadam Forest is located 7 miles north of Dunfermline and accessed by leaving M90 at junction 4 and taking the B914 to Saline for a quarter of a mile before turning right on the forest road leading to the car park.

Pitmedden Forest is 4 miles south-west of Newburgh and accessed from A913 between Abernathy and the A912/913 roundabout, then take the minor road toward Strathmiglo, go through Glenfoot climbing for 1 and a half miles to the car park on your left.

Tentsmuir Forest car park is accessed at the end of the minor road to north-east Leuchars.

Car Parking

Pay and Display parking available near the trails at these locations:

Car ParkLocationPostcode
Devilla ForestWest of DunfermlineFK10 4AS
Blairadam ForestNorth of DunfermlineKY4 0JQ
Pitmedden ForestSouth-west of NewburghKY14 7HR
Kinshaldy Beach Car Park TentsmuirKY16 0DR

By Cycle

Devilla Forest – National Cycle Network (NCN) route 76 from Kincardine or Valleyfield, or NCN 764 from Dunfermline.

Blairadam Forest – NCN 1 from Cleish or Bowershall.

Pitmedden Forest – NCN 776 from Auchtermuchty or Newburgh.

Tentsmuir Forest – NCN 1 from Tayport.

By Train

Devilla Forest – Dunfermline

Blairadam Forest – Cowdenbeath

Pitmedden Forest – Ladybank

Tentsmuir Forest – Leuchars

Summary

  • Distance (miles): 2 - 9
  • Distance (km): 3.2 - 14.5
  • Start: Various
  • Finish: Various
  • Type: Forest Trail
  • Surface: Gravel, earth
  • Sat Nav: See car parking
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wind: 1m/s SSW
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Features

  • Car Park
  • Free Entry
  • Picnic Site
  • Cycle Hire
  • Refreshments
  • Toilets
  • Tourist Information

Cycle Hire

No cycle hire available.

Opening Times

Open all year round except for any temporary closures due to works.

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Disclaimer

The information provided on this page is believed to be correct and is given in good faith. Please be aware that it may have changed since our research. Use of the information on this page is at your risk, we cannot accept any liability for any problems or incidents arising. The maps are based on the postcodes of the centres. The postcode provided for Sat Nav is the nearest postcode to the start of the trail or car park and is therefore not 100% accurate to the entrance of the location. Postcodes are provided as a guide only. We recommend that you confirm the location and other details before travelling.

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