Our "The Binn: Sea to Summit" walk for the Kirkcaldy Walking Festival was a great success and even the weather was incredibly kind to us. On the run up to the day there were some heavy downpours and even thunder. However, on the day of the walk, despite a heavy downpour in some parts of south Fife in the morning, by the time we started the walk in Kinghorn it was pleasantly dry.
We started out the walk along the beach to Burntisland. Although we were 3 - 4 hours away from high tide, the tide line was quite high so we clambered up on to the old wall for the final couple of hundred metres into Burntisland. A lunch stop on the grass at Burntisland Links followed during which time we watched the shows starting up for the afternoon. Leaving the busy links behind we headed up to the Burntisland view point and then a bit of road walking to the top end of the town.
From here we were on to woodland paths for the ascent of the Binn. By now the sun was well and truly out and the temperature had risen. Once out of the woodland we were in for a short hot slog to the main ridge line where a welcome breeze awaited us. After the obligatory photo stop at the summit we headed back down the other side to the site of Binn Village. Dark clouds were now starting to gather so our leaders, Alison and Maureen, stepped up the pace for the easy walk to Kinghorn Loch. The walk around the loch was delightful even though there were a few muddy bits after all the rain.
Our return to Kinghorn was in the dry, but about 10 - 15 mins later the heavens opened. How's that for timing?
This was our first year participating in the Kirkcaldy Walking Festival and we were delighted to have 14 people on the walk with someone even having travelled from Perth to join the walk.
Kirkcaldy Walking Festival is an annual event organised by Greener Kirkcaldy.