Kincardine to Culross

Let’s start at the very beginning: Kincardine

Having first completed the Fife Coastal Path and it’s 117 miles in July 2015, it’s time to reflect on the earlier stages of the walk, Kincardine to Culross section 1 and give you some ideas if you wish to extend your walks beyond the East Neuk sections, which are easy to walk from Sandcastle Cottage, Crail.

Although I’d walked lots of the central sections before going to the beginning, it took some planning to get to the first stage and experience the (current) starting point.  Some years ago, the original coastal path was extended to bring the whole of the coast of Fife into the long-distance footpath.  It had initially started from the Forth Bridge round to the Tay Bridge, but now extends from Kincardine right round to Newburgh.

Fife Coastal Path Kincardine to Culross – How to get to the start

To get to Kincardine, I caught a Stagecoach Bus from Dunfermline Bus Station to Kincardine, having set out from my base in Edinburgh.  I’d decided to take the bus as I was walking solo so didn’t want to take the car, preferring to walk onwards rather than in a circular route.  For most of the early sections of the Fife Coastal Path, it’s easiest to start at Dunfermline Bus Station, from which most routes covering the area seem to radiate.

I walked the route again in 2023 this is still the best way to start walking the route. Stagecoach X24 or X27 from Dunfermline. Get off the bus in Kincardine town centre (nearest stop to the start of the walk). Follow the road to the Kincardine Bridge passing a Coop Superstore on the left. As you approach the roundabout and cross at the pedestrian crossing the archway and the start of the walk will be in front of you.

Opening archway at the start of the Fife Coastal Path

At the start of the Fife Coastal Path, you can see the original Kincardine Bridge.  It was built in the 1930’s and is still in use today, although there’s another bridge alongside (the Clackmannanshire Bridge, opened in 2008).  I wasn’t sure when I set off how my walking times would go, so opted not to go on to the bridge to take photographs from there before heading off in the direction of Culross.

Kincardine Bridge Kincardine to Culross
Kincardine Bridge opened in 1936

Longannet Power Station closed in March 2016. When it opened in 1973 it was one of the largest coal fired power stations in Europe.

Longannet Power Station
Longannet Power Station closed in March 2016

Below are more recent photos taken of the power station site and all that remains of the power station today

Kincardine to Culross Fife Coastal Path
The entrance to Longannet Power Station
Kincardine to Culross Fife Coastal Path
The substation is all that remains of Longannet Power Station today

Looking back at the photographs I’d taken, I seem to have concentrated on more macro views of local flora and fauna. Given that the wider views were dominated by the Power Station, or back towards Grangemouth on the other side of the Forth, it was good to see broader vistas (albeit over the railway tracks) looking on towards Culross Pier and the bay where all was calm and still on the November day of my walk.

On my more recent walk in June 2023 I was keen to see what changes had happened since I first walked the route in 2016.

Kincardine to Culross Fife Coastal Path
I was pleased to see that there were a number of these benches which have been added along the route
Toilet block on the Kincardine to Culross section of the Fife Coastal path
One of the few public toilets on the route is at Culross Play Park. It also takes Credit Cards cost is 30p. Also has a free water dispenser.

A short stroll along quiet tarmac-covered paths brought me to the village of Culross. Recent activity in filming the US-hit TV series Outlander means that it will now be firmly on the trail of Diana Gabaldon’s legion of fans who will want to come to see the scenes around the village which was doubling as the fictional ‘Cranesmuir’ in the series. The gardens of Culross Palace are well worth a visit, for glorious views and interesting facts about medieval life.

Culross Palace, Fife
Culross Palace

Although I’d only been walking for around 4 miles, checking the map and my timings I found that bus schedules (an hourly bus to Dunfermline) and my requirement to be back in Edinburgh for early afternoon meant that an early lunch at the Biscuit Café in Culross would be the end of my walking for the day. You can also get lunch at the Red Lion.

Biscuit Cafe Culross
The Biscuit Cafe

The hearty breads on offer included a particularly delicious rye offering which was toasted, not quite melting the generous portion of Scottish cheddar and delicious ham.  It certainly set me up for an afternoon of walking towards Limekilns. Unfortunately a bus back to Dunfermline and a change for Edinburgh was to be my option that afternoon.

hearty lunch at the Biscuit Cafe

Recent Visit to Culross in June 2023

In June 2023 I had more time to explore Culross. As I have said previously Culross is also the fictional village of Cranesmuir in the Outlander series and a lot of location filming for the series was done here. Below are some pictures of location sites Outlander fans may recognise from the first series.

Culross Village Outlander Film location
Market Cross Culross Outlander Film location
Market Cross
Culross Palace Garden Outlander Film location
Culross Palace Garden and an excellent view across the Forth

Kincardine to Culross – How long does it take to walk the route?

I’d started off from Kincardine around 10:30, and arrived in Culross around 12 noon.  Previous visits to Culross meant I didn’t spend much time around the village that day. It’s certainly worth a visit to see the old buildings, Palace and Abbey.

Outlander Film Locations Map, including Culross.

Traveline Scotland Apps and Stagecoach East Scotland Bus services.

Local businesses visited: Culross Palace (National Trust for Scotland),

In 2023 I found that the Biscuit Cafe had gone now Culross Pottery and Gallery. So Bessie’s Cafe at Culross Palace was my stop for lunch.

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Blog updated January 2024

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