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Blairadam

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Forests all across Scotland have been seriously affected by recent storms. We are doing everything we can to make our forests safe for visitors, communities, forest businesses and our staff. However, many of our forests remain closed while others have significant diversions and access restrictions for the foreseeable future. Please keep safe and follow all closure notices and safety signage.

  • Buy your all-natural Christmas tree from Blairadam! Visit our Christmas page for opening hours, a price list and other important visitor information.
  • The Glen trail (Red) and the Blairenbathie Mine Trail (Yellow) are closed. Please avoid this area until we clear the fallen trees caused by Storm Arwen.

About

Soaring spruces and hidden mining heritage

A mix of landscaped woodland and industrial history means each visit to Blairadam can feel like a completely different experience.

William Adam, the noted Scottish architect, built Blairadam House here in the 1730s and landscaped the surrounding estate. He was also a shrewd businessman, planting trees for timber and extracting coal from the seams that ran through his land. Amongst the lofty trees and tumbling burns you will see plenty of evidence of these mining works which have now been reclaimed by the forest.

Walking trails (3)

Walking

Keltyhill Glen Trail

A scenic stroll alongside the Drumnagoil Burn that is particularly dramatic after heavy rain.

Firm but uneven gravel surface. Steep slopes down to the glen. Parts may be muddy.

Moderate trail grade icon
½ miles / 1.0 km

Allow
¼ hours

Walking

The Glen Trail

Meander up the Kelty Burn beneath towering spruce trees that were a scenic highlight of the Blairadam estate in its heyday.

Firm, largely wide but uneven gravel surface. Includes some fairly steep slopes and sections that may be muddy.

Moderate trail grade icon
1 ¾ miles / 2.8 km

Allow
1 hour

More information

This trail criss-crosses the Kelty Burn on stone bridges amid spruce, beech, pine and sycamore woods. Look out for the remains of the ‘100 Foot Bridge’, which once carried a railway over The Glen to Blairenbathie coal pit, and spot the dramatic Kiery Crags at The Glen’s eastern end.

Walking

Blairenbathie Mine Trail

Explore the colourful broadleaved woods that shroud the sites of the two Blairenbathie coal pits, as well as the handsome Lochornie Burn Bridge.

Largely wide, firm and smooth gravel surface. Some uneven and potentially muddy sections. Long moderate slopes with some steeper sections.

Moderate trail grade icon
2 ½ miles / 4.0 km

Allow
1½ hours

More information

Though hard to believe today, this peaceful forest was once a busy industrial area, now reclaimed by the forest. Pass through mature oaks, beech and birch to the restored Lochornie Burn Bridge, with its distinctive tall narrow arch.

Facilities and access

Walking
Walking
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Parking
Cycling
Cycling
Viewpoint
Viewpoint
Horse riding
Horse riding
Picnic area
Picnic area

There are public toilets in Kelty Community Centre, Main Street.

 

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.

More about parking

Getting here

Blairadam is on the north side of the B914, 500 yards west of Kelty and Junction 4 of the M90. There is a small parking area at the entrance just off the B914. The main car park can be found 500m further down the forest road. Please do not use the passing places on the forest road for parking.

Using SatNav?

KY4 0JQ is the nearest postcode.

Public transport

No buses pass Blairadam, although local services do stop in Kelty. There is a pavement along the road from Kelty to Blairadam, although junctions are very busy and may not be suitable for all. Plan your journey at Traveline Scotland.

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Facilities and activities
Walking
Walking
Viewpoint
Viewpoint
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Wooded ravine with an ancient tower and a meandering burn

Facilities and activities
Walking
Walking
Cycling
Cycling
Viewpoint
Viewpoint
Horse riding
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Dew on conifer tree

Attractive forest with a carpet of bluebells in Spring

Facilities and activities
Walking
Walking
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