Sunday, February 21, 2016

Markinch and

After all the amount of rain we've had over the last few weeks we were keeping our fingers crossed that our walk would take place. 
Parking in Balbirnie Park we had a very short walk along the B 9130 into Markinch where we took a left turn into Commercial Street leading us into School Street and then Northall Road which took us under the railway viaduct and to the start of the Braes Loan Circular Trail, a historical walk. A very good information board and leaflets were available here and obviously a good sweetie stop. Starting at this point the walk is 2.5 miles and after a short, steepish, muddyish start you soon get lovely views of the Lomond Hills and over the Forth to Berwick Law, and Arthur Seat. The track is well signposted with various points where you can stop and enjoy the views and There is another information board half way along the walk. Balgonie Castle is pictured on the information board but it took the 14 of us quite a while to spot it in reality and we only did that because we saw a very tiny Saltire fluttering in the distance above a group of trees. A photo opportunity here with a field of sheep watching the high jinks
Following the circular route we returned to Markinch and made a bee line to Banners House where tea, coffee and scones awaited us. We were very comfortable and cosy here and as always the chat flowed through a variety of topics and all too soon we were on our way back to the cars. As always good friends, good company and dry weather