Scotland's Great Trails

The Fife Coastal Path

Linking the Forth and Tay Estuaries, the Fife Coastal Path runs for over 183km though the varied landscapes of Fife. The route links some of Scotland's most picturesque former fishing villages as well as the home of golf - St Andrews with its ancient University. In between are miles of golden beaches, attractive woods and nature reserves but the route also threads its way through industrial towns such as Kirkcaldy and Leven. History is everywhere, from the winding gear of the former coalyards to ruined castles and the pictish and prehistoric carvings in the Wemyss caves.

Stage descriptions Length Time
Stage 1: Kincardine to North Queensferry 27km 6 - 8 hours
Stage 2: North Queensferry to Burntisland 18.5km 4.5 - 5.5 hours
Stage 3: Burntisland to East Wemyss 18.75km 4.5 - 5.5 hours
Stage 4: East Wemyss to Lower Largo 11.5km 3 - 3.5 hours
Stage 5: Lower Largo to St Monans 14km 3 - 4 hours
Stage 6: St Monans - Anstruther 5.75km 1.5 - 2 hours
Stage 7: Anstruther to Crail 6.75km 1.5 - 2 hours
Stage 8: Crail to Kingsbarns 9.5km 3 - 3.5 hours
Stage 9: Kingsbarns to St Andrews 13.5km 3 - 4 hours
Stage 10: St Andrews - Newport on Tay 29km 6 - 8 hours
Stage 11: Newport on Tay to Newburgh 28.5km 7 - 8 hours

The route has been greatly extended during 2011-12 and is now open around the complete coastline of Fife from Kincardine to Newburgh.


The route is well waymarked and offers straightforward walking. Some sections can be muddy underfoot. The stretches between Crail and St Andrews (via Kingsbarns), and from Balmerino to Newburgh, are long and relatively remote, giving rougher going than the rest of the route.


The Fife Coastal Path runs around coastline which is decked with towns and villages for most of the way, with good services and accommodation available.

There are hotels and/or guesthouses available in the villages at the start and finish of all the stages listed above.


There are good bus services throughout Fife, with buses available to all the start and end points of the stages listed above.

In addition, there are rail stations at North Queensferry, Inverkeithing, Aberdour, Burntisland, Kinghorn and Kirkcaldy, with a further station at Leuchars late in the route.

Timetables for all the routes can be found on Traveline Scotland.

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