Thursday, 23 November 2023
In November 1923, only four years after the establishment of the Forestry Commission, Glenmore was purchased from the Duke of Gordon. 2023 marks 100 ye...
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.
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.
Allow ¼ hours
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.
Allow 1 hour
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.
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.
Allow 1½ hours
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.
There are public toilets in Kelty Community Centre, Main Street.
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.
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.
KY4 0JQ is the nearest postcode.
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.
A steep climb rewarded with panoramic views over Fife and the Firth of Forth.
Wooded ravine with an ancient tower and a meandering burn