Walking Fife Coastal Path – Our Guide

Sandy and Susan’s Walks on the Fife Coastal Path

Walking Fife: time for a summary of our Fife Coastal Path walks. This will mean you have an easy guide to find the different walks which we’ve completed over the years. We’ve walked in different seasons and have taken walks of varying lengths. The sections we refer to are those in the Footprint Maps of the Fife Coastal Path. This is a handy map available from our website see below. It’s the guide we’ve used throughout our walks. If you want to do some preparation for the walk we have two other recommendations for you see below.

The path is generally well marked and if you’re walking from Kincardine to Newburgh, the direction will be found by keeping the water to your right!

Section 1 Kincardine to Limekilns – 11 miles or 17.5 km

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Culross Palace, Fife

Kincardine to Culross (4 miles)

Kincardine to Limekilns (11 miles)

Section 2 Limekilns to Burntisland – 17 miles or 27.4 km

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Burntisland beach

Limekilns to Inverkeithing (7 miles)

Inverkeithing to Burntisland (10 miles)

Section 3 Burntisland to Buckhaven – 14 miles or 22.5 km

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Harbourmaster’s house Dysart Harbour

Burntisland to Dysart (8 miles)

Kinghorn to Kirkcaldy (4 miles)

Section 4 Buckhaven to Elie – 13 miles or 20.9 km

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Elie and the Isle of May

Dysart to Leven (9 miles)

Leven – Elie (9 miles)

Section 5 Elie to Cambo Sands – 16 miles or 25.8 km

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Pittenweem Fife

Elie – Anstruther (7 miles)

Anstruther – Elie (7 miles)

Elie – Crail (11 miles)

Anstruther – Cambo (11 miles)

Section 6 Cambo Sands to Leuchars – 14 miles or 22.5 km

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St Andrews from St Rules Tower

Kingsbarns – St Andrews (8 miles)

Leuchars – St Andrews (6 miles) – walked the ‘wrong way’ for this bit as the Open Golf Championship was on.

Section 7 Leuchars to Wormit Bay – 16 miles or 25.8 km

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Grey Seals Lie on the vast expanse of beach at Tents Muir

Leuchars – Tayport (9 miles)

Tayport to Balmerino (7 miles)

Section 8 Wormit Bay to Newburgh – 15 miles or 24.1 km

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Tay Rail Bridge at Wormit

Newport – Newburgh (approx. 18 miles)

A shorter walk: Balmerino to Newburgh (around 11 miles)

We hope that you’ll enjoy walking the Fife Coastal Path and that our musings and write-ups have been helpful when walking or planning to walk the route.

Sandcastle Cottage in Crail is ideally placed for those who wish to complete the central sections of the Fife Coastal Path, and particularly if you wish to make use of the Stagecoach Service 95 bus which runs from Leven to St Andrews, covering sections 4 – 6 of the Fife Coastal Path.  

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Preparation for the Walk

Here are some essential guides you will need for the walk. We found these very useful. Click on the images which will take you to Amazon where you can make your purchase. I receive a small commision which allows me to maintain this site.

Top Tips from Fife Coast & Countryside Trust

Fife Coast and Countryside Trust are responsible for maintaining the walk from Kincardine all the way to Newburgh. They receive a number of complaints from walkers about lack of public toilets on the route. The walk passes through some fairly remote areas where it is not always possible to provide public toilets so planning ahead is advisable. Walkers are reminded that Section 47 of the Civic Government (Scotland) Act states that any person who urinates or defecates in such circumstances as to cause, annoyance to any other person shall be guilty of an offence and liable, on summary conviction, to a fine not exceeding £500.

When Nature Calls

Children

If you have young children who are out of nappies plan for the worst and take the following items:

  1. A plastic pail with a lid,
  2. Toilet Paper,
  3. Hand sanitising gel

With the lid sealed all waste contents can be stored safely and deposited into your domestic toilet when you return home.

Adults (For those who can’t wait to get home)

If you need to urinate, do so at least 30 metres from open water or rivers and streams. if you need to defecate, do so as far away as possible from buildings, from open water or rivers and streams (50 metres or further). Please bury faeces in a shallow hole (15cm) always replacing the turf, take your toilet paper and all sanitary products home for disposal. You will need the following items

  1. A small garden trowel
  2. Toilet paper
  3. Hand sanitising gel

Never place a rock on top of a faecal matter as it only slows down the decomposition process and don’t toilet near farm animals or crops.

In some locations, burying is not advised. Ecologically sensitive areas, such as sand dunes, beaches, and wildflower meadows are off limits, an alternative site must be found.

A full list of public toilets and opening times on the route can be obtained by clicking this link

Ticks and Lyme Disease

Ticks and Lyme Disease is on the increase in recent years due to the milder winters. I found that during the summer months certain parts of the walk is particularly bad namely the route between Leuchars to Tayport through Tents Muir. I would recommend buying some insect repellant and spraying your clothing before starting your walk. I have included a link above where you can buy insect repellant spray online.

More details can be had from the Lyme Resource Centre website by clicking this link.