Braes Loan Project

Information relating to the Braes Loan Trail

Enjoy a 2.5 mile/4km circular historical walking trail on the outskirts of Markinch which also provides spectacular views.


For those who wish more information to that provided in the downloadable leaflet below and who do not have access to the mobile app, please see Braes Loan Trail Route Info file below.


As of 23rd Dec 2013 the FREE Android version of the app is available.


As of 22nd December 2018 the Braes Loan Trail app is no longer available for iOS.


The trail is packed full of surprising history from early medieval times to the 20th century. What happened on a moot hill? What were the mysterious huge terraces for? An inland parish with a beach? What was the Stop Line?


Most of the trail is outwith the village and free from traffic noise. It’s very peaceful and contains some beautiful views of the Lomond hills to the north and stunning views across the Forth to the south. The area is rich in plant and wildlife. You may even see buzzards and deer.


It starts and ends in the village at a convenient car park, close to bus links and mainline railway station. There are also various facilities such as cafes, shops and hotels all close by.


The app has a range of accessibility features and contains one trail, 19 points of interest with images and a map.


You can also be sure you're following the heritage trail route without worrying about getting lost! Sonar mode allows the device to be kept in a pocket and proximity to a point of interest causes a 'ping' and the app to open with details of the point.


Also works offline! Even if you’re not coming to Markinch you can browse points of interest and discover the wide range of history of the area complete with images from the comfort of your own home.

Braes Loan Trail Route Info ver 2 
Detailed description of its history [ view ]

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Braes Loan Trail Leaflet 
Downloadable PDF of leaflet [ view ]

Online map - Can be used if, for some reason, App is not required

Appeal - Sponsor a Cut

To help us maintain the very popular Braes Loan Trail historical trail and keep it open we need to raise funds, primarily for its cutting. If just 40 people donate £10 each this will cover one cut.

Apart from history our aim is to promote health and well-being and help boost the local economy by attracting people to the town.

(C) MHG. Researching the past for our future......