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Fife Coastal Path Short Break

5 Days & 4 Nights 4.6 Read 27 reviews
  • Immerse yourself in the history of the ‘Kingdom of Fife's' coastal communities
  • Wander the length of many white sand beaches
  • Look out for basking seals and jumping dolphins from the coast path
  • Search for wild flowers and admire the dramatic coastal scenery
  • Tuck into an award-winning fish supper at Anstruther Harbour
This short break itinerary takes in almost 30 miles of the Fife Coastal Path trail over 3 days of walking some of the most scenic coastal sections of the route. Explore dramatic coastal scenery and stroll along sandy beaches, as well as looking out for castles, historic caves, and sampling an abundance of fresh local seafood. Wander the beaches at Kinghorn, visit the famous pre-historic caves of East Weymss and follow this spectacular coastline punctuated by lighthouses, golf courses and quaint fishing villages as you make your way north to the harbour village of Crail. This short break is the perfect way to discover the delights of Scotland's east coast; from award-winning fish suppers by the harbour in Anstruther to the wildife and beautiful landscapes of this rugged coastline.

What To Expect

If you are a fan of stunning sea views, delightful coastal villages and an abundance of wildlife, then the Fife Coastal Path Short Break could be just for you. The perfect introduction to long distance walking.

Trip Type:

Classic Routes | If you’re the active, outdoorsy type, who’s interested in taking on the great routes of the world or looking for a challenge, then our Classic Routes are for you. We’re talking the West Highland Way, Tour Du Mont Blanc and the Passau to Vienna Danube Cycle Path, to name but a few!


Inn to Inn Walking | Walk from place-to-place changing accommodations each night. Generally staying in B&B’s, inns, and guesthouses.

This trip is suitable for:

Solo Travellers

As a guide, we would suggest that the minimum age of traveller this holiday would be suitable for is: 12 Years

Ideal if you have an interest in:

  • Short Break
  • Coastal Walking
  • Accessible by Rail

Grade & Terrain

This holiday is graded easy overall with an average daily walking distance of 10 miles. Some days will be more challenging than others and the terrain will be varied with some rough and rugged footpaths. There are ascents and descents involved so a good level of fitness will be required.


The route is well way marked and easy to follow. We supply a detailed map and guidebook so you shouldn’t have any problem finding your way.

Accommodation Information

One of the highlights of this tour is the high standard of 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.

Most itineraries on the coastal path include a stop in the small fishing village of Elie. However, as the village is so small accommodation options are limited meaning availability issues are often encountered. If this is the case for your booking you will have two nights in Leven with complimentary transfers collecting you from Elie and taking back to Leven for your overnight. The following morning you will be dropped off at the trailhead in Elie to continue your walk.

St Andrews is also an issue. Therefore if accommodation is not available here when you wish to travel, you will either stay in Newport on Tay or Dundee with included transfers to and from St Andrews included. 

Single Rooms

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.

  • 4 Nights in hand-picked B&B's, guesthouses & small hotels
  • 4 Breakfasts
  • Baggage transfer
  • A detailed information pack and access to maps and GPX tracks on the Macs Adventure smartphone app
  • 24/7 Emergency telephone support from our office
  • Travel to the start / from the finish of the walk
  • Lunches, dinners, snacks & drinks
  • Personal equipment
  • Travel insurance (required)
  • Additional nights

When To Go

This walking holiday is best enjoyed between March 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.

In July, 2022 the Golf Open (150th Anniversary) will be on in St Andrews from July 10-17th. Therefore it will be impossible to find availability around this time. You will not be able to make a booking around these dates in July, 2022. 

Throughout the 2022 season St Andrew's is generally very busy. Therefore if we cannot find availability here on the dates you wish to travel there is the possibility that you will overnight in Newport on Tay or Dundee for 1 or 2 nights (depending on your itinerary) with included transfers back and to from St Andrews. 

Getting to the Start

Kirkcaldy can be easily accessed from Edinburgh by bus and the journey takes approximately 1 hour.  Alternatively, you can reach the start directly from Glasgow by bus (1hr 45mins - 2hrs) or by train (1hr 45mins) with a change in Edinburgh.  From Dundee you may take a direct train (45 mins). 

If you are planning to drive to Kirkcaldy then there are car parks available, please see the following link: (http://en.parkopedia.co.uk/parking/kirkcaldy/

Getting from the End

From Crail you can take a bus with one change at Elie to Edinburgh (2hrs 40 mins).  You may also consult Stagecoach bus website.

Baggage Transfer

Your bags will be collected from your accommodation each day and moved onto your overnight accommodation. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person.

At Macs Adventure, we work in partnership with many luggage transfer providers who set a limit on how many bags/suitcases they will transfer per person, and also the weight of the bag/suitcase.  Your booking includes transfer of 1 bag per person.  It is very important that you read the luggage information specific to your tour before departure. If you do not adhere to these limits, there is a great possibility that you will be charged locally both for extra bags or if they are too heavy. This limitation can be a challenge, especially as airlines generally have limits that are higher. However, our luggage providers have reasons for these limits (usually due to the Health and Safety of their employees), which we must respect.

General Information

The distances and ascent/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat, sunscreen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack.

Most itineraries on the coastal path include a stop in the small fishing village of Elie. However, as the village is so small accommodation options are limited meaning availability issues are often encountered. If this is the case for your booking you will have two nights in Leven with complimentary transfers collecting you from Elie and taking back to Leven for your overnight. The following morning you will be dropped off at the trailhead in Elie to continue your walk.

Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care.

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Day 1 Arrive Kirkcaldy Day 2 Kirkcaldy to Leven 10.5 miles / 17 km Day 3 Leven to Elie 8.5 miles / 14 km Day 4 Elie to Crail 10.5 miles / 17 km Day 5 Onward Travel

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