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The Back Burn, Balbirnie Park (ii)

The old Balbirnie Estate had some extensive grounds. About half of these were converted to a golf course. The rest makes up what is now Balbirnie Park.

The back burn runs from the upper part of the former estate – now sold off for housing – between the golf course’s 18th fairway and green before wending through the wooded area of the Park.

There are some exposed tree roots on the burn’s banks in the upper estate:-

Back Burn + Tree Roots

Part of the burn is very shaded:-

Back Burn, Balbirnie Park

We often take a walk through the woods and beside the burn. There are three wooden bridges over the burn after it passes the golf course. This is one of them:-

Back Burn Bridge, Balbirnie Park

Close-up. (The wooden superstructure on this has recently been replaced):-

Back Burn Bridge, Balbirnie Park

The burn:-

Balbirnie Park, View from Back Burn Bridge

View from Back Burn Bridge, Balbirnie Park

Covid Innovations At Balbirnie

I mentioned the Balbirnie House Hotel a few posts ago and again here.

One day last August I noticed on our daily walk that a whole load of tents had sprung up in the grounds.

This was the hotel’s response to Covid restrictions on gatherings inside. Instead they had introduced al fresco dining.

A brave move in Scotland!

Tents, Balbirnie House Hotel

Dining Tents, Balbirnie House Hotel

Balbirnie House Hotel Dining Tents

Covid Dining Tents, Balbirnie House Hotel

Balbirnie House Gardens

Normally we skirt round the side of Balbirnie House Hotel when we take our daily walk to Markinch for the Guardian. (To the left in the photo below and round past the front of the building.)

Balbirnie House and Garden

During the first lockdown last year we felt able to take a stroll through the House’s gardens.

Balbirnie House Garden

Balbirnie House Lawn

Balbirnie House Garden

Garden, Balbirnie House

Balbirnie House Garden Arch

Balbirnie House Garden, Markinch, Fife

Balbirnie House Garden , Markinch, Fife

Balbirnie House Garden, Markinch, Fife

Balbirnie House Garden, Markinch, Fife

Balbirnie House

Balbirnie House was the “big” house nearest to Markinch and was home to the Balfour family before being sold off in 1969. It is now a hotel, the Balbirnie House Hotel and the estate grounds are now Balbirnie Park.

Nearly every morning I walk past it and through its grounds (more than half of which is now a golf course) on my way to Markinch to pick up the Guardian.

This is a photo of the hotel from just over a year ago:-

Balbirnie House Hotel

There had been reasonably heavy rain and a pool of water had collected beside the footpath which skirts the estate road leading upo to the hotel. This was followed by a freeze:-

Balbirnie Park Flood

Balbirnie House with Frozen Flood

Lower down the estate road, nearer to Markinch, this area of the golf course had also been flooded and frozen:-

Flooded Golf Fairway, Balbirnie

On the other side of the estate road this part of Balbirnie Park remained flooded for almost all of 2020:-

Flooded Ground, Balbirnie Park

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