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The Braes Loan Trail

By Bill Kasman

You can see this trip plotted on a map on the Geo-trips page Link
The Braes Loan Trail incorporates several historic elements going back to the 12th century and beyond. Part of the trail is believed to be an old pilgrim's route which used to pass through Markinch and along which Edward I led his invading army into the village in 1296. The trail also makes use of old cattle routes used to drive cattle to and from grazing at 'The Mires', a once-boggy area which, in prehistoric times, was a loch stretching from Markinch to Kennoway and later was an important area for peat cutting and the gathering of reeds for thatching. The trail passes medieval ruins and sites of historical interest including the place where the founder of St Andrews University, Henry Wardlaw, was born.
Stretching for approximately 2 miles (4 km) the Braes Loan Trail is a circular route which starts and finishes in Markinch and can be walked in either a clockwise or anti-clockwise direction. Walking in the clockwise direction saves the best views for the latter half of the trail. It can be connected with several other routes which offer interesting and historic walking including the long-distance path of the Fife Pilgrims Way LinkExternal link The going underfoot is generally good following rough tracks, field margins and grassy paths with only relatively gentle inclines but proper walking boots or shoes is advised.
Information about the Braes Loan Trail can be found here LinkExternal link

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