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We will soon be starting work to upgrade the Benarty hill path to improve both trail quality and safety, works are due to start on 15 August and we hope to finish by mid-October. The path will remain open during these works but we ask that visitors take extra care and abide by instructions given by our contractors. The lay-by at the foot of the path will be closed for parking for the duration of the works, we apologise for any inconvenience.

Open water

  • This destination contains areas of open water which can be hazardous if you are not suitably prepared. Follow our water safety advice and take care.

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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

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Walking
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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 at this woodland. Please park with care and consideration, and do not block pedestrian and vehicles access points.

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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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0300 067 6600 (option 1)
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