Coul Den Local Nature Reserve in Glenrothes has had a facelift thanks to Heritage Lottery and Fife Council funding as part of the Living Lomonds Landscape Project (LLLP). This little gem is on the northern outskirts of Glenrothes at the end of Calder Court. It is a beautiful old restored reservoir with a network of paths around the main water body and a number of rest areas and interesting wildlife to see.
Since the reservoir stopped serving the local distillery many years ago it has been much used by local schools and volunteer groups as well as serving the local population and visitors for recreation including dog walking, cycling, and picnics etc.
The heavy use of the site and weather damage had taken a toll on the site over the years, the paths and drainage measures were in much need of some work and Fife Coast and Countryside Trust were also eager to create some new quality paths and features so people of different abilities can enjoy more of the site, more of the time.
Recent work included repairing, upgrading, and creating approx.1.5 km path around the site and improving drainage; creating for the first time a complete loop of surfaced path to enjoy. We also installed a new sturdy bridge over Conland Burn, repaired a degrading concrete sluice, and completely replaced an old board walk down at the pond.
We hope these improvements are enjoyed for many years to come by locals and wider visitors alike. Indeed Coul Den is the link to the wider Lomond Hills area for those walking in or cycling from Glenrothes and Markinch.
Were not finished yet, with plans to reinstate and improve some scrub areas on the site with wild flower areas and planting of native aspen.
We hope you visit and enjoy the site and if you do please tell us about it by returning a site user survey to Bob Weston the local Ranger. A map of the site and further details are available here.