I remember as a bairn (child) growing up in Kinross, hearing about some of the local legends and folklore of the area. Some of it was stories told by the adults, and some was whispered lore by the our school chums and play pals as we sat quietly on the grass and listened and let our imagination wander…
That’s one of the things I enjoy the most about Scotland. No matter where you turn, there are local legends, and always someone who is willing to share a story or two with you. One of these such legends is based around a hill called Benarty, or as it is more commonly known, the Sleeping Giant.
If you were to look across Loch Leven to the South, it actually does look like a giant person has fallen asleep there. I even remember taking a walk up Benarty Hill in my youth, as part of a school trip. Today, there are still hiking and mountain biking trails, as well as a nature reserve that overlooks the loch, and a wetlands heritage trail which surrounds the loch. But here is the tale of the Sleeping Giant, told by Mr. Gordon Menzies for the Fife Explorer website.
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