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Website of Craigencalt Rural Community Trust.  Scottish Charity Number: SC042702.

Company limited by guarantee not having a share capital.  Company Number: SC398444

Registered office: 11 Queen Margaret Street, Kinghorn, KY3 9SP, Scotland, UK.

Loch Users


Flora and fauna

Want to become a ‘Friend of CRCT’ or to know more about it? - Check out the brochure and please Contact Us.

The inter-linked chain of interests at Craigencalt, Kinghorn Loch, Whinnyhall and surrounding area.

Lots of watersports to try and clubs to join.  Our projects improve facilities.

The page on Birds shows the wide variety of birds in the area.  Also see our pocket booklet ‘Bird Watching Around Kinghorn Loch’.

See the Flora & Fauna page and pick up seasonal ‘Flower Cards’  on your walks.

Walking Group

Regular walks are organised throughout the area



Exciting projects for the many paths in the Pathways Booklet. Other walks by Mike Gilbert too.

Wonderfull paths throughout the area from the beaches of Kinghorn to the views from The Binn. Which birds can be found at the loch and surrounding fields Wide variety of wild flowers in the hedgerows, woods and open ground. Walking Group visits Glassmount.

Presentations & newsletters

Three presentations each year to enjoy and be informed.

This is how the area would have looked 300 million years ago with volcanoes and tropical seas and deserts About us

The area covered by Craigencalt Rural Community Trust.

The Trust operates in the countryside around Kinghorn from Whinnyhall to the North Mire.  This approximates to the historical lands of Craigencalt, Kinghorn Loch and Whinnyhall, but is flexible, always in co-operation with the landowners.

Where did the Trust originate from?

From 1980 to 1986, Ron Edwards (present chairman), in his capacity as Chief Chemist for the Forth River Purification Board worked with Alcan (now Alcan Aluminium UK Ltd) to remove the pollution from Kinghorn Loch , which leached from the Whinnyhall Landfill Site.  By 1983 this was achieved and the loch improved rapidly, but was blighted with blooms of blue-green algae.  In 1996 the then Kinghorn Community Council set up a Kinghorn Loch Action Group to deal with the blooms and this developed into Kinghorn Loch Users Group (KLUG) by 1999.  Many of the user groups involved in KLUG helped form CRCT in 2011 and a Loch Users Group continued as a committee of CRCT until it merged into an informal Projects Group.  The continuing barley straw treatment has been completely successful in eliminating blooms.

The Pathways Group of the same community council helped to deal with path problems and worked with Fife Council and the community councils of Burntisland and Aberdour to plan the network of Core Paths that now criss-cross the countryside.  In 2010 the incoming community council dispensed with the services of its pathways committee and Kinghorn Pathways was born, joining the Trust in 2011.

The Trust retains a projects group to co-ordinate loch users, pathways and its walking group, but is joined by dedicated bird watchers and those enjoying the flora and fauna that abounds in this un spoilt place. The Trustees are keen to attract succession from our many “, and see the Trust continue in a sustainable manner well into the future.  The Trust provides a diverse range of presentations for Friends, together with Come & Try, a fundraising summer BBQ, Walking Festival and the Photographic Competition for the annual meeting.  We communicate with Friends through regular newsletters and the website and regular newspaper reports for the wider public.

The Charitable Aims are explained on the Governance Page and the current trustees are listed in The Team.