Route: The Four Fifers (United Kingdom)

Submitted by chrismac on Tue, 06/02/2020 - 08:06am
United Kingdom
14 mi
Vertical Gain
1200 m

This route takes you over the four prominent hills in Central Fife, Scotland.

From the picturesque village of Falkland, you will embark upon an epic mini adventure over fine Scottish hills, including the highest point in Fife. Each hill will test your abilities, despite their relatively low elevation in comparison to Scotland's Munros. With stunning vistas over the entire Kingdom of Fife (assuming you get a clear sunny day, which is admittedly rare), you'll take in sights such as the Forth Bridges to the south, The River Tay and Dundee in the North, and the Ochill Hills of Perthshire to the West. Descending the Bishop Hill to Scotlandwell, you'll take in the spectacular waters of Loch Leven, taking care not to stumble on this magnificently steep descent, which will test the abilities of even the finest hill runners and mountain enthusiasts, before embarking upon some faster flat action around the shores of Loch Leven. Finally, you'll climb back up from sea level to the summit of Benarty Hill, hopefully you've saved something in the legs for this one! Once you reach the summit, you can turn around and enjoy the outstanding view of all the hills you just crossed to reach your destination. 

A mixture of steps, scree, rock and mud over undulating terrain with steep slopes and technical descents, as well as fast flat sections will challenge any runner. 

Start at the The Bruce Fountain in Falkland village. Make your way to the Summit of Benarty Hill, ensuring you reach the summits of all the following hills: East Lomond, West Lomond, Bishop Hill and Benarty Hill. Any route is allowed. 

There is plenty of parking in Falkland and also in Loch Leven or Lochore Meadows Country Park, as well as cafes to replenish your depleted glycogen stores after this epic mini adventure!

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