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Our visitor centres are currently closed. Our trails for walking and biking, as well as toilets and car parks, remain open. Plan ahead and enjoy your visit safely.


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COVID-19 update

All FLS visitor centres are currently closed. Walking and mountain bike trails remain open, as do most toilets and car parks, but do check below for local updates for closures.

We want to ensure your visit is an enjoyable and safe one.

Make sure you follow the Scottish Government’s FACTS advice – helping to protect yourself, your family and your local community, and follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code helping to keep Scotland beautiful.

Wooded ravine with an ancient tower and a meandering burn

It's easy to forget a busy dual-carriageway passes through the woodland of Cardenden. On the west side, the wide, winding and very picturesque glen ensures only water, wind and wildlife are the soundtrack for much of its length. On the east side, the surprisingly long network of paths will lead you through trees that are home to roe deer and other animals.

If you have an interest in the grisly side of history, keep an eye out for the site of Scotland’s last duel, a fatal meeting between a banker and a merchant in 1826.

Guide map to Cardenden (PDF 2.2MB)

Facilities & access

The nearest public toilets are in Kirkcaldy.

Getting here

The wood lies to the south of the village of Cardenden in Fife. A footpath at the east end of Carden Avenue, opposite the Corrie Centre, leads directly to the wood. Alternatively, a farm track at the west end of Carden Avenue, just round the corner from the primary school, provides quicker access to the glen and south to Carden Tower.

There is no car park, but plenty of onstreet parking on Carden Avenue and surrounding roads.

Using SatNav?

KY5 0EL is the nearest postcode.

Public transport

There is a railway station in Cardenden on the Edinburgh to Glenrothes line, and regular buses run between the village and Kirkaldy. Plan your journey at Traveline Scotland.

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