It’s not every day you wake up to see a small herd of cows in your front garden.
But that’s just what happened to one Kirkcaldy householder in Fair Isle Road this morning.
Six cows and a calf, which had already been on a wander around Kirkcaldy, from a farm in Cardenden, ended up in the garden just before Fair Isle Road reaches the busy Chapel Level.
And residents gathered in amazement as the cows wandered placidly into the garden and began to chew on the hedge and plants.
The home owner, who did not wish to be named, said: “I just looked out the side window and couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw them just standing there.
“My husband is going to get a shock when he comes home and sees the state of his garden!”
A further two cows from the herd were cornered and contained in Grampian Gardens.
Police Scotland say they were “inundated” with calls from motorists and residents.
A spokesman said: “We received the first call around 7.20am to say they had seen the cows at Torbain heading towards Wester Bogie Road.
“From there we tracked them going along Blairmore Road, to Ellon Road, Redcraigs, Glamis Road, Forres Drive and Ellon Road again to Broderick Road.
“They were contained in Fair Isle Road around 8.20am, and another two in Grampian Gardens who were blocked in by members of the public.”
“They then went from Culzean Crescent and Templehall Road to Broom Road and into Fair Isle Road.”
Lindsay Norrie (20), who lives directly opposite the garden in which the cows ended up, watched the drama unfold from her bedroom window.
“I saw the flashing lights of the police cars and I didn’t spot the cows right away, then my dad pointed them out to me.
“I just thought ‘how on earth did that happen?’ It’s not every day you see that from your window!”
Rae Walker, head teacher at nearby Fair Isle Primary School, said: “This caused a great deal of excitement among the pupils and staff this morning. Many of them saw the cows on their way in and if it had happened a bit later it could have caused a bit of chaos, but luckily everyone has managed to get in safely.
“The children are all very excited and talking about it.”
Road closures at Fair Isle road and Lindores Drive were put in place.
The farmer was traced and the cows loaded onto a trailer around 10.20am, with the road reopened around 10.30am.