The Fife Coastal Path

1. The Fife Coastal Path

Dit langeafstandspad begint dichtbij de Forth Road Bridge en kronkelt noordwaards langs de schitterende kust van oost Schotland en dan westwaarts naar de Firth of Tay. Dit 130 km lange pad biedt prachtig uitzicht over de Firth of Forth naar Edinburgh, op Isle of May en de Firth of Tay. Enorme kliffen en lieflijke baaien, grasduinen, mijlen zandstrand en door lieflijke vissersdorpjes. Langs de hele kust vindt u overblijfselen uit de rijke historie. U komt ook in de stad St. Andrews met de oude universiteit (William en Kate studeerden daar), golfbanen en het prachtige St. Andrews Castle en Cathedral.

De aanbevolen optie is: 6 wandeldagen en 7 nachten

Day 1: Travel to North Queensferry and spend the evening at your first nights accommodation overlooking the Forth Road Bridge. Situated 20 minutes north of Edinburgh by train, North Queensferry is very accessible from the Capital City.

Day 2: North Queensferry to Burntisland (12 miles / 19 km) Your journey along the Fife Coastal Path begins at the Waterloo Well in North Queensferry and continues through the ancient Burgh of Inverkeithing. It hugs the coastline up to the modern estate of Dalgety Bay and from here heads past the ruins of St Bridgets’s Kirk and Aberdour with its famous castle. The Coastal path skirts picturesque Aberdour harbour before lovely Silver Sands beach and follows the route next to the railway to Burntisland, a coastal resort on the Forth.

Day 3: Burntisland to Leven (16 miles / 25 km) From Burntisland the route continues around the little harbour at Pettycur whose pier was built in 1760 to ferry traffic across the water to Leith, and through the picturesque fishing village of Kinghorn. Ravenscraig Castle follows as you reach Dysart, with its popular bistro and visitors centre, and then follow the path to West Weymss – once one of the most important ports in Fife, trading in coal and salt with the Continent. Leven is the last built up area until St Andrews.

Day 4: Leven to Elie (10 miles / 16 km) The East Neuk of Fife now lies ahead with its pretty little fishing villages. It was described by James II of Scotland as a ‘fringe of gold on a beggar’s mantle’. From Leven the walk carries on around the shoreline of Largo Bay and on glorious sandy beaches through the little seaside village of Lower Largo. Continue over the cliffs at Earlesferry (or across the Chain Walk for those wanting a more adventurous route) to the beautiful little fishing village of Elie.

Day 5: Elie to Crail (11 miles / 18 km) The Fife Coastal Path now takes you into the picturesque East Neuk of Fife. The route takes you through the delightful fishing village of St Monans to Pittenweem – still used by fishermen today and on to Anstruther, a popular holiday town which boasts one of the best fish and chip shops in Scotland! From Anstruther there are daily boat trips to the Isle of May Nature Reserve, a major seabird sanctuary .The “May Princess” boat trips run daily from April through to September. Carry on to Crail, probably the most scenic harbour of all the East Neuk fishing villages – you can still buy fresh lobster at the harbour.

Day 6: Crail to St Andrews (14 miles / 22 km) This day is the toughest days walking and can be very challenging in parts. The Coastal Path turns the corner at East Neuk and heads towards St Andrews, passing golf courses and a lovely sandy beach at Kingsbarns on the way – care should be taken just before Kingsbarns where the path leads over cliffs. From the top of the cliffs at Kinkell Braes, the ancient city of St Andrews with its medieval cathedral is laid out before you.  Most people immediately associate St Andrews with the ‘home of golf’ but this ancient city has many other attributes.

Day 7: St Andrews to Newport-on-Tay (18 miles / 29 km) Your final day on the coastal path follows the beaches and the Eden Estuary Nature Reserve towards Leuchars, home to the 12th Century St Athernase church – one of the finest examples of a Norman church in the UK. Crossing into Tentsmuir Forest, walk through the forest up through Tayport, under the Tay Bridge and onto Newport-on-Tay where your journey along the Fife Coastal Path ends.

Day 8: Onward Travel