The most beautiful coastal walks in Fife
The Kingdom of Fife is renowned for its beautiful coastline, stretching all the way from Queensferry on the banks of the Forth right up to Newport-on-Tay just across the water from Dundee.
Along this runs the Fife Coastal Path, a long-distance footpath that runs from Kincardine to Newburgh right along the coastline of the region. The full path is 117 miles long and many embark on an adventure to walk the whole way, but there are plenty of amazing shorter snippets that you can enjoy as individual coastal walks!
Keep reading to find out the Campion Homes team’s pick of the most beautiful coastal walks in Fife...
Tentsmuir National Nature Reserve
Tentsmuir offers some of the most dramatic vistas along the coast. The contrast between dense conifer forest and rolling sand dunes is truly stunning and the reserve offers a wonderful walk at any time of year.
Seals can be seen lounging on the sand and Highland cattle graze the dunes in autumn, making for a striking scene. Rare bird and wildflowers are flourish here, with many different species to search for when you visit – you could spot ospreys and sea eagles soaring above the shore!
East Neuk Fishing Villages
One of the most picturesque stretches of the Fife Coastal Path has to be the section which passes through the East Neuk fishing villages of St Monans, Pittenweem and Anstruther.
You can walk the whole section (St Monans to Crail) in a day, or tackle the individual sections between each town separately. All of these parts offer easy walking and attractive views, with the surrounding area full of wildflowers, butterflies & birds. If you’re lucky, you might even see dolphins playing in the waves!
Elie Chain Walk
If you’re feeling adventurous, be sure to give the Elie Chain Walk a go! It’s one of the Coastal Path’s best kept secrets but be warned – it's not for the faint hearted!
The route follows a strong steel chain embedded in the rocks, which you navigate by stepping along a series of carved footholds. Along the way you’ll be rewarded with some gorgeous and unique views that just aren’t accessible from a normal pathway.
Be sure to check the tide times before you go – the Chain Walk is only accessible at low tide!
Torry Bay & Culross
Torry Bay is a nature reserve which has international status for wading and wintering bird life who inhabit the artificial lagoons, which are built using ash from the neighbouring Longannet Power Station. The lagoons are a haven for wildlife, and you can explore the reserve via a short but stunning circular walk around to Preston Island and back.
Once you’ve completed the walk, the nearby historic village of Culross offers an intriguing pitstop – admire the brilliant mustard-hued ‘Palace’ and the beautiful Abbey, which dates from the 1200s.
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