Kirkforthar and Cuinin Hill, near Glenrothes

One of the places I really enjoy walking is a smallish circular walk from the Balbirnie Park, nr Glenrothes, through to Markinch, up to Star and Kirkforthar, and back to the back entrance of Balbirnie Park. This would definitely be classed as a ‘Happy Place‘ for me.

A fewΒ weeks ago, I had decided to do this walk. Heavy showers were forecast, but when I left there wasn’t a cloud in the sky. I’d taken my DSLR with me, thinking the showers wouldn’t appear until at least late afternoon. When I got to the back of Kirkforthar, the furthest point away from the car, a huge dark storm cloud loomed over the hill. Most times, I love the being out in the rain, especially during a storm, but NOT whilst I had my camera with me, and no bag to put it in!!

Storm cloud approaching over Kirkforthar

Storm cloud approaching over Kirkforthar

Storm approaching, Kirkforthar

Storm approaching, Kirkforthar


I virtually ran the four miles back to the car, this cloud steadily building behind me. I did stop a couple of times on the way up Cuinin Hill to take a few more photos, and got back to the car just as the first few heavy spots of rain started to fall.


Stormclouds approaching Markinch Hill

Storm clouds approaching Markinch Hill


Field of Wheat, Markinch, Falkland Hill in background

Field of Wheat, Markinch, Falkland Hill in background


Field of Wheat, Markinch, Falkland Hill and West Lomond in background

Field of Wheat, Markinch, Falkland Hill and West Lomond in background

Thankfully my camera remained dry and thus this still remains a ‘HAPPY PLACE’ for me πŸ™‚

24 thoughts on “Kirkforthar and Cuinin Hill, near Glenrothes

  1. These are wonderful Andy but I especially like the Approaching Storm photo. It reminds me of the remarkable contrasts in the landscape there, the golden grasses, deeply colored sky and green plantings. A funny aside – during our visit we played golf (with push trolleys) in a small course where the woman running the pro shop forecast no rain but suggested I take along a plastic bag “just in case; this is Scotland after all!”. On about the 5th hole the skies opened up and it began to POUR. We ran in pulling our carts as fast as possible, and the plastic bag saved my DSLR from disaster. It was a funny Scottish moment for us – yet another fond memory!

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    • Thank you Tina πŸ™‚ And I’m glad the Scottish women in the shop had the sense to give you a plastic bag, and your camera was kept dry πŸ™‚ Whenever my parents come up to visit us from Cornwall, they always comment on how helpful and friendly the Scots are. Did you manage to finish your round of golf?


    • Thanks Jo, I was lucky, both with being out in the right place at the right time, and with not getting wet! What saved me was there was a weather front coming up from the south, and the storm clouds were coming from the north. The storm won out, but it slowed down it’s approach quite dramatically, THANKFULLY!!!!

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