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How to get to the lochside at Craigencalt Farm.  Click the map to enlarge.

Facilities and attractions at Kinghorn Loch, Craigencalt and Whinnyhall. Click the map.

Regular Activities:

Kinghorn Radio Controlled Sailing Club: Saturdays, noon-4pm.

Kirkcaldy Canoe Club:
Saturdays 10am-noon
Tuesdays 6pm-8pm
Thursdays 6pm-8pm
There is a Winter Break with training at Kinghorn Community Centre.

Canoe Club Regattas.
Sunday in June (to be announced)

Sunday  in September (TBA)

Nordic Walking.
Mondays at 6pm
For other times contact
Judith on 07958132141

Open Water Swimmers:
Tuesdays 6pm-8pm (May-October)

Kinghorn Sailing Club:
Sundays in winter to May, noon-4pm, moves to the sea in summer.

Kinghorn Coastal Rowing Club:
Meets several times a week at the loch during winter. Contact the secretary at kinghorncoastalrowingclub@gmail.com

Walking Group:
First Wednesday of every month, meeting in the “outer” car park (the entrance to Craigencalt Farm at the bottom of Red Path Brae) at 10am.  Also meets on third Wednesday other than during winter.

Sustainable Communities Initiative (Earthship Fife) runs events on many weekends and are open at times during weekdays. Please check the timetable at the Earthship or online.

Times and dates may vary and should be confirmed with the clubs.

Contact clubs through their websites or via info@craigencalttrust.org.uk.  

The Canoe Club may be contacted through Margaret on 01592205655 or Alan on 01592262158.

The Walking Group may be contacted through Kath on 01592643318 or Pat on 01592890449 or Marilyn  07740999514. Dogs are welcome on most walks but it is best to check with the walk leader beforehand.

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Enjoyable Activities.

There were some enjoyable trips for the Trust during the summer months.  A walk around the SolarRipe garden at Craigencalt learning about medicinal herbs was a relaxing experience, finishing off with some herbal tea.  A visit to Gerald Lincoln’s Nature Trail at Puddledub is always interesting as Gerald is always adding new things to see, like his henge project this year.  We have feasted our eyes on beautiful flowers and plants at Wemyss Castle Gardens and Glassmount House Gardens.

Wemyss Castle Gardens

Walking Group at Wemyss castle Gardens and School of Needlework.

Glassmount House Gardens

Firewood ‘beehives’ at Glassmount House.

The ‘Barn at the Loch’ café held a Cromwellian re-enactment in August, a first for Kinghorn Loch and it brought colour and spectacle to the lochside field.

Cromwellian re-enactment

A show of strength from the Erskine Regiment and a homegrown Craigencalt belly dance performance at the interval.

Belly Dance at the interval

The Erskine’s Regiment arrived to impress us with their skills with canon, musket fire and demonstrations of pikes and colourful battle flags.  The accompanying stalls and camps informed us about daily life in the 17th century and reminded us that Craigencalt, with its corn mill, would have been a lively and important community.

A walk up Rodanbraes


Walking up Rodanbraes

On a snowy winters day

A dedicated jogger

Slipping along his way


Two ladies amble by

Sipping their hot coffee

Wrapped against the bitter cold

Enjoying what they see


Three boys swinging

On a rope from a tree

Noisy and immune to cold

Swinging high and free


Four mountain bikers

Fly down Woodland Rise

Easily gripping the frozen ground

Beneath the snow-filled skies


Five racing bikers

Swiftly leave the ridge

The friendly troll, smoking his pipe

Beneath his homely bridge


Six couples with their dogs

Chatting as they go

They do this walk often

But not in freezing snow


See seven goldfinches

Munching at the seed

Hear soaring buzzards, mewing,

Keeping warm is their need


Eight dogs sniffing in the snow

Their noses find snowdrops

Silly gorse with yellow flowers,  

Icy crystals on their tops


Nine birders in the hide

Big lenses set to go

Snapping the kingfisher’s every move

On twigs coated in snow


Ten times two out in skiffs

Brave the freezing loch

Breaking through the creaking ice

The bow takes the shock


Not a breath of wind

And a café on the way

A treat for all at Craigencalt

On a snowy winters day


By Sian Edwards

January 2018


A poem inspired by a very busy Sunday at Craigencalt and Kinghorn Loch in mid-January in the ice and the snow.

Nesting Platforms.

Site for nesting platform on Kinghorn Loch

For several years the swans have nested on the ‘barley straw rafts’, built by the Trust to successfully treat the algae blooms that used to blight the loch water.  The swans nest on these rafts and the female has successfully built the most robust nests from the straw.  However, because the incubation time is so long the brood can fail because the eggs get flooded. The nesting platforms are now being built.  The scaffold chassis’ for the two platforms are now in place in the shallows at the head of the loch and the wooden superstructure for the actual platforms has been added.  This was quite a difficult job on the frozen loch, with innovative ways of breaking the ice with the workboat, canoe rescue boat and coastal rowers on hand.  The wooden platforms go on in the next couple of weeks and then they will be adorned with boughs from dead trees, rocks and gravel together with bespoke duckling shelters to provide a safe environment for all the smaller waterfowl that may make use of them. Predators abound - gulls, crows, heron and pike - so it should be appreciated.  Hopefully the swans may use the platforms too.  We have worked with RSPB in the design and hope that we can have ideas from our adult and child ‘Friends of CRCT’ to help design and implement the protection so that it looks nice as well.  The two platforms will delineate the ‘Wildlife Area’ and stop canoes or dinghies going beyond the platforms.

Site for one of the Nesting Platforms.

Frame awaits the nesting platform.

Walking Festival 2018

WALKING FESTIVAL
2018

There is nothing like fresh air and some warm spring sunshine to encourage you to get out of doors, and walking is an ideal pursuit.  Book now!  Spring is proving a good time to hold a Walking Festival and we hope we have included something for everyone in our programme this year. We have both longer and shorter walks, Nordic Walking to try out; some family walks too, one with storytelling about trolls and witches and a garden visit to Glassmount House.

This is the fifth local Walking Festival that the Trust has held and its popularity remains strong.  The area has both bus and train services which makes it easier for everyone to get along and means that the event is offered free of charge, which is a big bonus.  All the paths that the Craigencalt Trust has put in are all family and disability friendly, and this gives the event a wider appeal.  The Trust is proud that they have achieved this inclusiveness.

We cannot guarantee the weather, sometimes we get the odd shower, but we can be sure that participants will enjoy good company and some scenic views on walks.  We really hope you will consider coming along.  Please can we ask that you register for walks by email or phone beforehand so we know numbers to expect on all the walks.


Please let us know which walks you would like to do. Book now.

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Annual Meeting and Photo Competition.

The Annual Meeting in May 2017 was in the Kinghorn Community Centre and proved to be a good success and enjoyed by all.  The business format was changed to give more time for more enjoyable activities.

There were three quizzes, one being identifying places around the area which needed a few clues! The food was good and everyone could relax.  

The annual photo competition this year was conducted over the web and by email wherever possible and this led to a big increase in entries and a very high standard.  The thought was that people should provide extra information about their photographs and make it more interesting. It certainly worked.  After two rounds a winner was chosen, which was a male Great Spotted Woodpecker feeding a beakful of crane flies to its young by Ron Edwards.

Great Spotted Woodpecker

Thanks.

One change over the summer of 2017 was that Alison Irvine, Leader of Fife Access Team retired and the remaining two team members have now joined Fife Coast and Countryside Trust.  We are very grateful to Alison for all the help and advice she has given to the Trust over the years and she did a great job with few staff and a minute budget.

We are now looking for future projects for 2018 onwards and would like suggestions for projects and opinions on what is proposed.  Here are some ideas:


Future Projects.

Presentation by Ian Archibald, Monday 9th April at 7.30pm in Kinghorn Community Centre.

ALL WELCOME.



‘Island Jewels
of the Forth’

The Firth of Forth has been for centuries one of the major gateways to Scotland. This illustrated presentation shines a spotlight on the deserted islands of the Forth.  All within viewing distance of the land, many of these islands are home to tales that deserve to be better known. From ‘Scotland’s Alcatraz’ at the mouth of the Forth to the ‘Iona of the East’ and then westwards to the iconic Forth Bridge, this is a ten island hopping tour which explores and examines their character and rich natural heritage.



REMEMBER:

‘Come & Try’ at the loch, Saturday, 5th May, 1-4pm.