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Most of our visitor centres, car parks and mountain bike trails are now open. Check what’s open near you before you travel and enjoy your visit safely.


Where we are

Forest notice

COVID-19 has changed lots of things we do. And as we re-open the majority of our facilities and welcome more of you back in Phase 3, we need your help to do it safely. Please check what’s open before you travel; enjoy your visit safely by following NHS and Scottish Government guidance; take your litter home with you; and follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.

Please bear with us and check back regularly for updates. You can also find more information by visiting our COVID-19 page and our FAQs.

  • Benarty is currently closed due to poor ground conditions following the recent extremely heavy rain.

A steep climb rewarded with panoramic views over Fife and the Firth of Forth

A steep, rough climb up through the trees to the heathery ridge of Benarty Hill, offering panoramic views over Fife, Loch Leven, the Lomond Hills and the Firth of Forth. On the way, look out for bluebells, wood anemones, roe deer and buzzards.

There are about 4 miles of trails to explore through the wood, beginning with a set of steep steps leading up from the parking area. If you're feeling particularly energetic, you can extend your route down the northern slope of Benarty Hill to reach the RSPB’s Loch Leven nature reserve beside the loch.

Facilities & access

There's a café and toilets at the RSPB Loch Leven nature reserve, and places to eat, drink and shop in Ballingry or Kinross.

Getting here

Benarty Wood lies less than a mile west of Ballingry village in Fife. Follow Hill Road out of the village and keep an eye out for our sign on the north side of the road.

Using SatNav?

KY5 8LS is the nearest postcode. This is for Hill Road on the edge of Ballingry.

Public transport

Regular buses serve Ballingry from Lochgelly. Benarty Wood is a 10 minute walk from the village. Plan your journey at Traveline Scotland.

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