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Birthplace of golf, home to one of the world’s oldest universities and former seat of the Scottish monarchy, Fife is a historic peninsula that just so happens to be a hiker’s delight. Walks in Fife have a little bit of everything; there’s hiking in the Lomond Hills, gentle strolls in country parks, ambles through wooded nature reserves and mile-upon-mile of terrific coastline.

A gorgeous land bounded by the Firth of Forth in the south, the North Sea to the east and the Firth of Tay in the north, Fife boasts Scotland’s longest continuous coastal path. Experience some absolutely breathtaking sea views as you explore the coast’s rocky bays, rugged cliffs and sandy beaches.

Hikes in Fife’sLomond Hills are just as invigorating as those found by the sea. This compact range of sandstone and limestone hills is home to staggering rock formations and many wonderful panoramas.

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02:30
4.65 mi
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02:16
4.79 mi
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01:37
3.30 mi
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4.78 mi
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4.86 mi
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01:49
4.18 mi
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02:46
6.57 mi
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5.84 mi
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02:23
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03:32
7.83 mi
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01:47
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Top 20 best walks and hikes in Fife

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    Intermediate
    02:30
    4.65 mi
    1.9 mph
    1,100 ft
    1,100 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    02:16
    4.79 mi
    2.1 mph
    750 ft
    750 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    02:01
    4.64 mi
    2.3 mph
    325 ft
    325 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
    4
    Easy
    01:37
    3.30 mi
    2.0 mph
    575 ft
    575 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
    5
    Intermediate
    02:18
    4.92 mi
    2.1 mph
    700 ft
    700 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
    6
    Intermediate
    02:30
    4.78 mi
    1.9 mph
    1,100 ft
    1,100 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
    7
    Intermediate
    02:01
    4.86 mi
    2.4 mph
    125 ft
    125 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Easy
    01:49
    4.18 mi
    2.3 mph
    300 ft
    300 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
    9
    Intermediate
    04:51
    9.70 mi
    2.0 mph
    1,850 ft
    1,850 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
    10
    Intermediate
    02:46
    6.57 mi
    2.4 mph
    275 ft
    275 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
    11
    Intermediate
    02:25
    5.84 mi
    2.4 mph
    125 ft
    125 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
    12
    Intermediate
    02:23
    5.05 mi
    2.1 mph
    725 ft
    725 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
    13
    Intermediate
    03:32
    7.83 mi
    2.2 mph
    800 ft
    800 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Easy
    01:47
    4.40 mi
    2.5 mph
    25 ft
    25 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    03:35
    8.71 mi
    2.4 mph
    175 ft
    175 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    03:30
    8.56 mi
    2.4 mph
    125 ft
    125 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    02:19
    4.96 mi
    2.1 mph
    675 ft
    675 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Easy
    01:51
    3.88 mi
    2.1 mph
    625 ft
    625 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    03:35
    7.71 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,000 ft
    1,000 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    02:48
    5.34 mi
    1.9 mph
    1,175 ft
    1,175 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

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Fife’s upland heart

Dominating Fife’s heartland, the Lomond Hills Regional Park offers superb hillwalking with a plethora of delights. Some of the best hiking trails in Fife rise from the surrounding farmland to conquer West and East Lomond, the principle peaks on the 6-mile (10 km) escarpment. West Lomond, at 1,713 feet (522 m) is the highest hill in the county and rewards your efforts with spectacular views.


Slightly smaller at 1,470 feet (448 m), East Lomond’s steep, domed summit is well loved by those in the know and was once the chief fortress of the ancient Celtic Venicones tribe. There’s plenty more to discover, including several striking rocky outcrops. The Bunnet Stone, a great mushroom of eroded sandstone, is a beguiling objective, especially if you love an interesting photo opportunity.

There are so many great walks around Fife’s scenic interior. Lochore Meadows offer 1,200 acres (486 ha) of woodland, paths and pastures. Accessible trails offer great circular routes around Loch Ore, the park’s glistening centrepiece.

A dynamic and historic coastline

Hikes in Fife don’t get much better than those found on its dynamic coastline. The industrial south, where cross the iconic Forth Bridges, gets more rural the further east you tread. In the far east are gorgeous trails that take you to charming fishing villages and quaint stone harbours. Famous golf courses abound as you draw closer to the ancient university town of St Andrews.

Further north is the wildest stretch of coast, with rocky headlands and windswept beaches. Tentsmuir National Nature Reserve boasts forest trails that undulate and weave through towering woodland, wildlife-rich wetland and out onto constantly shifting sand dunes. Roe deer roam beneath the trees and grey seals sun themselves on the beaches, an animal lover’s heaven.

Living Fife to the full all year round

Regardless of the season, Fife is a compelling place to ramble. Spring brings vibrant colour to the dune heathlands and the lochside meadows. In summer, the days are long and the breeze delightful on the coast. If you’re lucky enough you might spot dolphins or a basking shark breaking the waves. The Lomond Hills are modest enough that only the most severe of winter conditions keep hikers from their trails and they look absolutely sublime under a blanket of snow.


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