Day 1 - Arrive Kirkcaldy
Kirkcaldy is easily accessible and located just 25 mins from Edinburgh by train. Arrive early and you can visit the Museum and Art Gallery and spend your first night relaxed and ready for your walking adventure.
Day 2 - Kirkcaldy to Leven - 10 miles
Ravenscraig Castle is your first historic remain as you start the walk followed by Dysart where the Harbourmaster’ House lives with its popular bistro and visitors centre. From Dysart, the path climbs over Blair Point to the walled chapel garden which is the private burial ground of the Wymess family. The caves of Wemyss are reached as you head up to the town of Leven. Overnight—Leven B&B
Day 2 - Leven to Elie - 10 miles
From Leven the main route leads to Lunden Links along the glorious sandy beaches. There is an alternative route at high tide up into the sand dunes which are a haven for wild flowers and butterflies. Heading north you can try walking the Elie chainwalk if you are feeling brave before you reach the beautiful little fishing village. Overnight—Elie B&B
Day 3 - Elie to Crail - 11 miles
Passing the lighthouse as you head on up to St Monans on the coastal path and you reach an old Windmill which used to pump seawater into the fossil rich limestone beds below. Heading up to Anstruther you pass the fishing harbour of Pittenweem which is worth a stop for photos. Anstruther is a popular tourist town with daily boat trips to the Isle of May nature reserve where thousands of birdlife can be seen. Heading into Crail you pass through fields with livestock and also an old salmon bothy. Overnight—Crail B&B.
Day 4 - Onward Travel
One of the highlights of this short break is the high standard of the accommodation. We specifically choose the hotels, inns, guesthouses and B&B’s to ensure that you enjoy every minute of your stay. They all offer a warm welcome to walkers, traditional hospitality and delicious local food.
Below you will find a list of the accommodation we regularly use which will give you a good idea of the standard of accommodation we use: View Accommodation Details
This independent walking holiday is available to solo walkers but as all our holidays are priced per person based on two sharing there is a single supplement payable to cover the additional costs we incur.
A hearty breakfast is included each morning. Lunch and dinner are not included so you are free to choose from the available options. Most of your accommodations will more than happy to provide a packed lunch on request and this can be booked on arrival. Dinner is available either at your accommodation or nearby pubs or restaurants.
Your bags will be transferred from your accommodation as per your itinerary and moved onto your next overnight accommodation. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 15kg per person. Equipment Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes and a day pack.
Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate walkers with dogs as many of the accommodation providers do not accept pets.
This walking holiday is best enjoyed between April and October. You can start on any date that suits your travel plans and you will find up to date availability on our website. The Fife Coastal Path is very popular so it is best to book as far in advance as you are able to.
Lomond Guest House - Leven
Lomond Guest House is situated in the conservation area of Leven, Fife, in Scotland and provides quality bed & breakfast accommodation within a comfortable, friendly environment.
Dunclutha Guest House - Leven
A warm welcome awaits at Dunclutha Guest House, the house was originally an old rectory and was built with the grace and solidity associated with such structures.
Rockview Guest House - Elie
Rockview is owned and run by the neighbouring and famous Ship Inn in Elie. The guest house boasts stunning views over Elie Bay.
Caiplie House - Crail
Caiplie House is located in the majestic village of Crail, and the business is run with one major goal in mind, the guests’ enjoyment.
Selcraig House - Crail
Set in the beautiful old fishing village of Crail, Selcraig is a traditionally built sandstone home dating back to the 1700s.
Getting to Kirkcaldy
Kirkcaldy is located North East of Edinburgh and is easily accessible from there. Kirkcaldy has a train station and there are frequent trains throughout the day (approx 25 mins)
Getting back from Crail
From Crail you can catch a bus back to Edinburgh on onwards to St Andrews or Dundee.
Many people chose to drive and leave their car at the start or the finish, some of the B&B's have parking spaces but these are limited. On street parking is available but again very limited.
Planning a trip on the Fife Coastal Path can be daunting, especially if this is your first long distance walking holiday. We are often asked the following questions and I hope that you will find the answers useful.
Please don’t hesitate to contact us or perhaps visit our walking forum for more advice from our clients and team.
How fit do I need to be?
The Fife Coastal Path Short Break is a good introduction to long distance walking. It is recommended for regular walkers and beginners. If you currently don’t enjoy an active lifestyle we suggest regular walking in hilly terrain supplemented by cardio vascular exercise for at least 6 months prior to your walk. A good gym or personal trainer will be able to draw up a personalised training programme.
How far in advance do I need to book?
We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as the Fife Coastal Path is extremely popular especially over April/May and July/August. You will find up to date availability on our website and we will always try and accommodate your plans.
What personal equipment do I need?
You will need good walking shoes/boots (ideally waterproof), comfortable walking clothes, waterproof jacket and trousers, a daypack and hats/gloves etc. You can download a full equipment list from the downloads page of our website.
When is the best time of year?
Traditionally April/May has always been the most popular time of year because the theory goes that the weather is better. Although I believe any time between late March and October offers a wonderful experience.
Am I able to take my dog?
Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate walkers with dogs as many of the accommodation providers we use do not accept pets.
What happens if I can’t walk a stage?
You can use public transport or local taxis to continue to your next overnight stop.
The Fife Coastal Path is available from March to October. You can start your holiday on any date in the season. To make a provisional reservation select "Book" for the itinerary you are interested in.
Option prices will be displayed as part of the booking process.
Because every Fife Coastal Path walk we book is unique availability changes from day to day and our booking process works as follows:
- You provisionally book the tour you are interested in for your preferred dates and pay a 20% deposit online or by phone.
- We confirm availability and book all your accommodation and options and send final confirmation as soon as everything is confirmed (max 5 working days).
- If we are unable to accommodate you on your confirmed dates/tour or an alternative of your choice your deposit is fully refunded.
||Fife Coastal Path Short Break
||5 Days & 4 Nights
- Hand picked B&B, guesthouse and small hotel accommodation including breakfast.
- Door to door baggage transfer.
- A detailed info pack, guide book and map for the group leader.
- Emergency telephone support from our office in the event of a problem.
- Travel to the start or from the finish of the walk.
- Lunches, dinners, snacks and drinks.
- Travel Insurance. Personal Equipment.
- Single room supplement.
- Extra nights before, after or during your walk.