- an historic walk around the town.
We start our gentle stroll around the heart of
Milnathort, at the northern end of South Street outside the United Free
Church. This impressive landmark (situated on the corner of South Street
and Church Street) was built
in 1869 and was converted into residential flats in 2000. On the opposite side
of South Street is an attractive, narrow lane; here you will find a house with
a lintel date of 1692. Rather appropriately then, the shop on the corner sells
antiques! Continuing our walk north, you can't miss Milnathort Town Hall, with
its imposing clock steeple. The hall was opened in 1855 and is a great community
asset, still regularly used for a wide variety of purposes. A police post and
cells were originally accommodated in the hall, whilst the present ante-room
was part of an earlier building which was utilised as a corn exchange. The hall
is built over the Back Burn; this once ran across the road as a ford, prior
to the construction of New Road.
To the right of the Town Hall, further along New Road, you will find The
Thistle Hotel, one of the area's original Coaching Inns. During 1849,
Mr. Stalker's coach, "The Lochleven Castle", was advertised as leaving
Milnathort for Burntisland at 5am. To travel inside the coach, the princely
sum for a single fare was 2 shillings; alternatively, you could economise and
travel outside for a mere 1 shilling and 6 pence!
Walk back to the Town Hall, which is situated on the corner of New Road and
Westerloan. Stroll up Westerloan to visit the Cross Keys Inn, where
you will find the date 1792 on its lintel. Continue to walk up the steep hill
(Ba'Hill, Bael's Hill or Bahill's Braes) and at the top you will find the Parish
Kirk of Orwell, built in 1729. Back then it was just a rectangular
building with an earthen floor, tiny windows, a small belfry and a high pulpit
in the middle. Even although the sermons often lasted over two hours, there
was no seating!
Return to the foot of Westerloan (as the weary parishioners no doubt gladly did
after attending church) and you will find Back Loan
which runs behind the Town Hall and parallel with New Road. This was once part
of the Stage Coaches' Great North Route. It ran by the N.E. side of the hall,
fording the Back Burn. Walk along Back Loan and you will find several cottages
bearing lintel dates from 1688 to 1750. The first one on the left was Milnathort's
original Ale and Porter House.
the writings of Mrs Nan Walker, as published by the Kinross Historical Society
Return to the www.kinross.cc
to close this window