Last Friday I managed at long last to get in a walk. My companion this time was Frank and we followed most of the route of walk No 15 from Hamish Brown’s 25 Fife Walks. This one takes you from Cupar up over the hillside and down to Ceres. You follow a circuitous route out of Ceres and end up back in Cupar. It is a fine gentle walk with a little uphill work, just what we needed after a long lay-off. Ceres itself is a delightful little village in the heart of North East Fife. It is one of the very few Scottish villages that look a bit like an English one. It even has its own village green. The architecture is a bit different though, as all the old buildings were built with stone. Ceres now boasts an interesting Folk Museum and is the home of Wemyss Pottery. Here are some photos of the village.
Before leaving Ceres to continue our walk, we passed this lovely stone bridge, here seen from two viewpoints.
The walk now takes you away from Ceres, along the Waterless Road, the old road from Kennoway to St. Andrews. In 1679, Archbishop James Sharp and his daughter Isabella travelled along this road en route home to St. Andrews. He never made it as he was murdered by a band of Covenanters at Magus Muir, near Strathkinness. The old road is now just an unpaved path which takes through the gentle farmlands of this part of Fife. You cross the new Kennoway to St Andrews road and wander through more farmland before rejoining the outward path. En route you pass some attractive sights including fine stone farm steadings, a ruined doocot, farm signposts, another stone bridge, snowdrops and some new born lambs, who were somewhat amused at the strange humans passing by.
This is a lovely walk which takes you back in time through a relatively unchanged landscape. We took about 3½ hours to complete the circuit. In the summer you can extend the walk to take in Scotstarvit Tower and Hill of Tarvit House, both properties of the National Trust of Scotland.