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Formonthills

Formonthills (Photo: WTML)

Formonthills may be a young woodland but it’s got a lot to offer, with 80,000 trees planted with the help of the local community, wildflower meadows, wetland areas, abundant wildlife, several circular walks, and a commanding position offering spectacular views.

Formonthills Community Woodland is a mosaic of new planting, mature woodland and open ground, sitting in a commanding position overlooking the north-western edge of Glenrothes in Fife. It’s an important site both for the diversity of its habitats and for the range of marginal habitats created between adjacent areas.

The woodland is very popular with the local community – who helped to plant many of the 80,000 trees in the mid-1990s – as it gives them the opportunity to experience and enjoy woodland and open ground habitats close to their homes.

Formonthills map
Map of Formonthills

During the spring and summer months, a vivid palette of wild flowers originating from seeds scattered soon after the trees were planted, provide enjoyment for visitors and nectar for bumblebees, butterflies and other insects. There are also several areas of wetland and wet grassland throughout the site, with varied plant communities, dominated by grasses and rushes but including water horsetail and early purple orchid.

The site supports a host of birds and mammals, also including buzzards, kestrels, skylarks, meadow pipits, roe deer, rabbits and moles.

Now that the young trees are established, the site looks and feels every inch a ‘proper’ woodland, with a canopy tall enough to walk under, circular walks, and plenty to excite the senses at any time of the year. The path network also links into external paths through Coul Den Local Nature Reserve and into the Lomond Hills Regional Park, providing keen walkers with an extensive work-out and a wide range of habitats to enjoy.

Setting

Situated on the lower slopes of the Lomond Hills, the woodland occupies a commanding position overlooking the north-western edge of Glenrothes in Fife.

The woodland backs directly onto residential streets and an extensive network of paths leads visitors up to the top of Rhind Hill where on a clear day there are stunning views across the firth of Forth to the Bass Rock, the Pentland Hills and as far as the Southern Uplands.

Maps: OS Explorer 370, OS Landranger 59; Grid Ref: NHO259034

Access and walks

The three miles of boundary which backs directly onto residential streets is served by more than 20 entrances. There are over six miles of paths forming a strategic network, linking the communities adjoining the woodland as well as providing a network of routes through new and existing woodland. These routes are suited to a variety of users and are on mostly level ground or shallow slopes, without steps. Some routes are surfaced whereas others are unsurfaced and may be muddy in places. Some paths are part of the Core Path Network. Interpretation and orientation on site is via information boards at two car parks, and sculptures situated at main path junctions.

A variety of circular routes of different lengths are possible, with excellent long-distance views obtained from many parts of the site. The path network links into external paths through Coul Den Local Nature Reserve and into the Lomond Hills Regional Park.

Nearest amenities

Public conveniences
There are public toilets in Glenrothes town centre (2 ½ miles)

Accommodation and tourist information and refreshments
There is a wide range of restaurants, coffee shops and cafes in Glrenrothes. Up-to-date information can be found at:

tripadvisor
Visit Scotland
Information Britain
inuklocal

Directions

By bus
There is a regular service, Monday to Saturday, to Collydean (Pitcairn Avenue) from either Markinch railway station or Glenrothes bus station.

For more information contact traveline Scotland on 0871 200 2233.

By car
On entering Glenrothes from Leslie on the A911, take the first exit at the Leslie roundabout onto Western Avenue (B969). At the next roundabout (Pitcoudie), the woodland is signposted.Take the first exit onto Formonthills Road. Go straight over other roundabouts and onto Benvane Road.

The main car park is reached at the end of this narrow road. Parking is also available at the Fife Council car parks at the Pitcairn Centre (Moldart Drive) and Coul Den Nature Reserve (Calder Court).

Entry into our woods is free but please donate now to help us care for them.

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