Fife Coastal Path

Length: 183km (of which 65km walked)

Looking west from Crail Castle, across the bay towards Caiplie, on a raw November day

The full length of the peninsula, from Kincardine to Fife Ness, and all the way back to Newburgh. A mix of industry and agriculture as far as Leven, then the charm of the East Neuk, all the way round to St Andrews. The flat land of the Eden estuary, and the knobbly coast as far as Balmerino. For the final northern section, the route takes to the low hillsides of the Ochil Hills as they run out to the sea.

The East Neuk section has always been there, and the path near Kinghorn since at least 1286, when Alexander III fell off his horse, and plunged Scotland into almost a century’s upheaval, until the Stewart dynasty was settled. The first version of the route terminated at Newport-on-Tay, but an extension has continued the route as far as the boundary of Fife. There is a comprehensive website, which references a guidebook (published a decade ago) by the local Ranger service: I recommend Exploring the Fife Coastal Path (2021 edition) by the legendary Hamish Brown.

The route is marked on OS maps.

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