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St Andrews and the East Neuk

St Andrews and the East Neuk

The ports of the East Neuk of Fife were described by King James I as the Fringe of Gold to his beggars mantle of a country. The best known is the medieval town of St Andrews - not just the Home of Golf, but also the location of Scotland's most ancient university, and one of its best known beaches. North of St Andrews, the little-frequented easterly extension of the Ochils stretches across the area to almost reach the Firth of Tay, whilst the coast has the massive Tentsmuir Forest - a breeding place for grey seals.

The southern coastline - the East Neuk of Fife - is blessed with a whole string of truly picturesque fishing villages and towns. Crail, Anstruther, St Monans and Pittenweem - their harbours all linked by the Fife Coastal footpath - are a major draw for visitors today. Inland villages such as Ceres are equally attractive, packed with historic buildings, as are country towns such as Cupar.

Accommodation


Walk Grade Distance Time
The Isle of May grade4km 1.5 - 2 hours
St Andrews - Town and Gown walk grade5km 1.5 - 2 hours
Kingsbarns and Cambo circuit grade5.25km 1 - 2 hours
Tentsmuir Point - forest and dunes, near Leuchars grade5.5km 1.5 - 2 hours
St Monans - Pittenweem - Anstruther grade5.75km 1.5 - 2 hours
Anstruther to Crail grade6.75km 1.5 - 2 hours
West Sands, St Andrews grade7.25km 2 - 2.5 hours
Largo Law, from Upper Largo gradegrade3.25km 1.5 hours
Craighall Den circular, Ceres gradegrade4km 1.5 hours
The Rock and Spindle, from St Andrews gradegrade4.75km 1.5 - 2 hours
Birkhill Woods, Balmerino gradegrade6.25km 2 - 2.5 hours
Norman's Law, from Luthrie gradegrade8.25km 2.5 - 3 hours
Tay Bridge and Balmerino, from Wormit gradegrade9km 2 - 2.5 hours
Crail to Kingsbarns gradegrade9.5km 3 - 3.5 hours
Hill of Tarvit and Scotstarvit from Ceres gradegrade10.25km 3 - 4 hours
Kingsbarns to St Andrews gradegrade13.5km 3 - 4 hours
Lower Largo to St Monans gradegrade14km 3 - 4 hours
Fife Coastal Path 183km 11 stages


FEATURE: Walk on...

FEATURE: Walk on...

Karen Thorburn writes of completing the Fife Coastal Path as her first long distance walk - and its personal significance.

"Three years ago, in March 2015, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity arose to witness a 96% solar eclipse darken the skies over northern Scotland. My husband and I parked up behind Evanton before breakfast and began an hour-long ascent of Cnoc Fyrish. We quickly realised our idea wasn’t an original one..."

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FEATURE: In search of the perfect puffin

FEATURE: In search of the perfect puffin

Ben Dolphin takes a trip to the Isle of May.

"An island measuring 1500 by 500 metres mightn’t be the first place that springs to mind when you’re looking for an afternoon’s cliff-top walking or one of the greatest natural spectacles in the British Isles, but stick with me..."

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