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Benarty

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COVID-19 update

Enjoy your visit safely:

  • Read our COVID-19 Information in advance of your visit.
  • Most of our forests and facilities are open, but use our website to check before you travel.
  • Do not light campfires or use disposable barbecues.
  • Park considerately, taking care not to park on verges or block gates or roads.
  • Take care on or around open water. Find out more on our Water Safety page.

About

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 or head in the other direction to Lochore Meadows Country Park where café and toilets are available.

Facilities and access

Walking
Walking
Viewpoint
Viewpoint

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

Car parking information

There is no charge to park in this car park. Please park with care and consideration. In particular please park in designated parking areas only and do not block entrances or gates.

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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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