The Fife Coastal Path explores a landscape of dramatic cliffs, hidden bays, wildlife-rich grasslands and forests, golden beaches, picturesque harbors, ancient caves, and countless castle ruins.
As the trail winds its way for 116 miles (187 kilometers) between the Forth and Tay estuaries, you experience an ever-changing landscape; with modern and centuries-old industry contrasting wonderfully with the classic coast and countryside you would expect.
History is everywhere along this trail, with each period leaving its own relics for you to discover. Whether it is the Wemyss Caves and their prehistoric wall carvings, the abundant 15th century castles, 18th century coal yards and salt mills, and much more besides, there is always something to take you back in time.
For the most part, the walking is flat along the Coastal Path and the paths are well-maintained and clearly waymarked. There are a few challenging sections and some parts that can only be completed at low tide. Follow the link below to check tide times.
Perhaps one of the most intriguing things about this trail is the exhilarating Elie Chainwalk. On this epic two-hour challenge, you scramble along cliff sides; clinging onto chains attached to the cliffs. If this does not sound like your thing, though, don’t worry—it is optional.
In this Collection, we split the Fife Coastal Path into eight stages. Of course, you can split up each stage into as many days as you are comfortable with. You can also walk any single stage, or a couple of stages, in isolation.
Every stage finishes close to accommodation, even if there are only a few options nearby. However, places to stay are not always abundant so it is worth planning in advance and scheduling any rest days accordingly.
If you are planning to arrive by public transport, you can catch a train to Larbert railway station, which is served by direct trains from Glasgow and Edinburgh and has connecting services around the UK. You would then need to catch X27 bus service to Kincardine.
To get home, you would need to catch either the 94 bus service to Ladybank railway station (choose this for Edinburgh connections), or the 36 bus service to Perth railway station (better for Glasgow), depending on where your ultimate destination is. Both have good links around the UK
If you are planning to arrive by car, your best bet is to negotiate with a hotel or B&B a rate to stay for a night either side of your hike in Kincardine.
To get back, you would need to catch the 36 bus from Newburgh to Glenrothes and then the X24 bus service back to Kincardine. Alternatively, you could find long-stay parking in Edinburgh and follow the public transport instructions above.
For more information about the Fife Coastal Path, visit: fifecoastandcountrysidetrust.co.uk.
For tide times, visit: bbc.co.uk/weather/coast_and_sea/tide_tables/7.
For train timetables and tickets, visit: thetrainline.com.
For the X27 bus timetable, visit: stagecoachbus.com/routes/east-scotland/x27/glasgow-leven/xhax027.o.
For the 94 bus timetable, visit: stagecoachbus.com/routes/east-scotland/94/st-andrews-newburgh/xhco094.i.
For the 36 bus timetable, visit: stagecoachbus.com/routes/east-scotland/36/perth-glenrothes/xhbo036.i.
For the X24 bus timetable, visit: bustimes.org/services/x24-glasgow-airport-st-andrews.
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