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Sustainable Cupar Town development group

The promotion of travel that minimises the real cost to the environment


A lot of car journeys taken in Cupar begin and end in the town. We aim to encourage people to use more sustainable means of transport, including:

  • By foot
  • Bicycle
  • Public transport
  • Car sharing

This will improve the atmosphere in the town, to the benefit of all the residents. We think it is important to move away from the current car culture, and plan more sensibly as a community.

Sustainable Cupar is engaged with the Council and developers concerning the major new development around Cupar. We want to encourage a modern, sustainable development that puts people first.

Sustainable Cupar is engaging with Fife Council and others to help create safe routes to school and improve active travel infrastructure in the town

If you are interested in volunteering for the Town development group, you can contact us using the form on the right.

CAT map

Pitscottie Road Planning Objection

Moor Road Consultation

Cupar North Consultation

Cupar North presentation (click to download powerpoint)

TAYplan 2014 report

Feasibility study

Sustainable Cupar have commissioned a feasibility study, with a view to upgrading three footpath routes in Cupar.

Please use the link below to see the final report.

Feasibility study

The Moor Road and Drumdryan Quarry

The Moor Road is undoubtedly an ancient route and would have been the main thoroughfare until the development of roads under the auspices of the Turnpike authorities. Very early maps of Fife tend to show only waterways and bridges, e.g. Blaue Atlas of Scotland, 1662-1665, Fife Pars Orientalis ( East Fife) shows centres of population and bridges over the River Eden and Ceres Burn.

The moor land is named as Pitscotty Moor on this map.

Roy’s Military Maps of Scotland compiled between 1747 and 1752, shows the route but does not name it.

John Ainslie’s Map of Fife , dated 1775 clearly shows the route between Cupar and Ceres terminating at Bridgend, Ceres,. By the time that the 1828 map of Fife surveyed by Greenwood, Fowler and Sharp was issued, the Moor Road is marked as a secondary route, with the present-day route that the road follows takes precedence. The same applies to the map of Fife in John Thomson’s Atlas of Scotland, 1832. The first Ordnance Survey maps of Scotland, surveyed in 1854 are the first to name the moor as Ceres Moor, also showing Drumdryan Quarry, as a sandstone quarry. The 1896 O.S. map states that Drumdryan Quarry is disused.

According to Fife Place Name Data, the name Drumdryan is connected with the lands of Drumdryan in Edinburgh. The Home Rigg family of Tarvit near the land on which the quarry lies, acquired the lands of Drumdryan in Edinburgh in 1788, which gave rise to the origin of some street names in Edinburgh and it is likely that the name Drumdryan was transferred to Fife at about that time. The Ordnance Survey Name Book records Drumdryan Quarry as a sandstone quarry in disuse, property of B. Wemyss of Wemyss Hall.

Although in the ownership of the Wemysshall estate, the quarry was let to others to work and extract stone. An advert from the Fife Herald of 20th May 1830 states,

“ Drumdryan Quarry, in the immediate vicinity of Cupar, to be let for such term of years as may be agreed upon. The excellence of this quarry is too well known to require further description.

Apply to the proprietor at Wemysshall”

There was great excitement in the early 19th Century with the discovery of fossils at Drumdryan Quarry in 1827 by a student named Spence, from St Andrews University. This led to further investigation in the surrounding area, with the Rev Anderson from Newburgh who recognised their importance and spent a number of years looking for further examples. Local quarry workers were asked to help, but the most important find was made at Dura Mill by a mason who uncovered a slab containing the fossil of a complete fish. That Dura Den Fossil is in the custody of the Bell Pettigrew Museum at St Andrewes University. There is a very full report in the Fife Herald of 28th December, page 4, 1837 which reproduces an article from Fife Illustrated and refers to fossil finds.

In 1870, when work had obviously resumed at the quarry, there was a major incident, reported in the Fife Herald and other newspapers, when a major fall of rock, put at 1000 tons with a miraculous escape for the 8 workers at the quarry.

The gunpowder magazine at the quarry was the subject of public scrutiny in November 1871 by the Petty Sessions, when the Chief Constable reported on the security of the magazine. The structure belonged to Messrs Hay, Merricks & Co gunpowder manufacturers of Roslin. Concern had been expressed as to it being close to the boundary of Cupar, but a licence was granted subject to certain conditions being met.

The quarry was still being advertised for let in 1883.

The Moor Road features in a number of reports concerning its condition. In the 1950’s when timber was being removed and the impact of lorries. Correspondence often alludes to the condition of the path for pedestrians, with calls to the authorities to take action.

It is also mentioned as a feature in visitor guides to the area, but only in passing.


28th October, 2018


CycleStart rides are designed to meet the needs of beginner cyclists, or for those who have been away from cycling for some time, and would welcome the opportunity of easy rides with experienced cyclists to gain confidence, and to meet and socialise with like-minded people.

The rides are free, are open to everyone aged 10-100 (10-17 year-olds need to be accompanied by an adult), and will be regular to allow you to build up experience, fitness and confidence. You need to be able to ride, and to have a bike to bring along. Once you have registered and taken part in your first ride you can come along to further rides whenever you like. On your first ride your Ride Leader will do a quick check to make sure your bike is roadworthy.

Rides will be around 5 miles in length and will be at a relaxed pace designed to suit beginners, to allow you to enjoy the company as you ride along. Initial rides will last about an hour, or a little more, to give everyone a chance to enjoy the experience. Ride Leaders will help you with your basic riding skills, particularly with safety in riding with a group, and awareness of other road/track users.

The nearest Cyclestart Group is now in Tayport.


Recent achievements of the Town Development Group have been:

  • Moor Road upgrade improving drainage and resurfacing to allow mobility impaired access
  • Feasibility Studies into district heating in Cupar
  • Progessing the plan for the active travel route Kilmaron to Castlehill

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