Largo Law and Keil's Den.

Start. Lower Largo.

Route. Lower Largo - Durham Wynd - A915 - Upper Largo - North Feus - School - Chesterstone Farm - Largo Law - Chesterstone Farm - School - Upper Cemetery - Woodland Gardens - Keil's Den - Cupar road - Upper Largo - A915 - Emsdorf Street - Emsdorf Road - Drummachy Road - Station Wynd - Lower Largo.

Notes. A walk linking Lower and Upper Largo and the wooded glen of Keil Burn, knowing my love for high places we also took the opportunity to ascend the volcanic plug of Largo Law, at a mere 950ft it is but a pimple, but being the only high ground for miles around the views are stunning.

Our day started in the car park in Lower Largo once part of the Fife Coast Railway. The old track bed guided us east, passed gardens before wooden steps deposited us on Durham Wynd, the bridge has been removed, we crossed the road before ascending another set of steps to continue our journey. On reaching a Woodland Trust sign we turned left, an ancient track now guided us along the edge of Largo Burn depositing us on the busy A915 at Upper Largo. In the village a finger-post inviting us to the cemetery, we obliged, with the tarmac of North Feus under foot we wandered on. Between the school and cemetery is the only path leading to the steep slopes of Largo Law. After following this path through crop fields and along the farm lane leading to Chesterstone we started our assault on the hill, steep, slippery and hands on, half way up it dawned on us, we had to get back down. After visiting the clefted summit the unavoidable followed, a treacherous descent, hands, feet and don't be ashamed to use your backside, unscathed we re-traced our steps to the cemetery.

Opposite the upper cemetery gates a path lead west through fields, we followed this passing a caravan site before reaching a tarmac lane, directly across the lane a scenic track ran along a line of trees, this guided us to Keil's Den a delightful wooded valley. We turned right, this was the start of a cool relaxing wander through a wooded glen. Keeping to the right hand path we passed the road bridge before turning to follow the western rim of the glen back down. Ignoring the first path cutting across crop fields we continued down hill, the next path guided us along the edge of another crop field depositing us on the Cupar road, we turned left to wander back into Lower Largo. All that remained was to pick our way through the streets to the harbour and the delights of the bar at the Crusoe Inn.

Hold on I haven't finished yet, that's Crusoe as in Robinson, it turns out Lower Largo is the birth place of Robinson Crusoe, or to be historically correct Alexander Selkirk a 15th century sea fairer marooned for four years on a tropical island. Daniel Defoe read the account, inspiring him to put pen to paper and write his famous novel.

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Sue strides out eager to be on the steep slopes of Largo Law, or not so eager as it turned out.

This is a wonderful old track, probably the original route between Upper and Lower Largo.

A gap in the trees gifts us with views to the Firth of Forth.

The Parish Church, Upper Largo.

Looking to Chesterstone Farm with the slopes of Largo Law just visible to the left.

Views taken over Upper Largo to the Firth of Forth.

The North Berwickshire coast seen across the Firth of Forth.

Gain a little height and Largo Bay with it's golden sands tilts into view.

I've got a strike on my hands, a cool breeze, a comfy piece of turf, that was all it took for my walking partner to down tools, or ruck sack as the case may be.

Near the summit with a stunning view over the Fife coast.

My partners half way down the hill drinking my coffee, I'm drinking in views over Leven and Methil as far as Kirkcaldy.

Wonderful views over the Kingdom of Fife.

Re-tracing our steps looking back to Largo Law.

Our route through Keil's Den.

From the western rim of the den views to Largo Law.

The sight of this sprinkler sent Sue reaching for the map, it says nothing in the guide book about coming equipped with umbrella.

Panic over we enjoy another view back to the clefted summit of Largo Law.

The harbour, Lower Largo.

The Keil Burn enters the sea at Lower Largo, the viaduct once carried steam engines along the Fife Coast Railway, sadly closed in 1969.

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