Fife Coastal Path - 8 Days & 7 Nights8 Days & 7 Nights 4.6 Read 34 reviews
- Immerse yourself in the history and culture of Fife's coastal communities
- Enjoy an award-winning fish supper in Anstruther
- Look out for basking seals and dolphins as you walk along the coast
- Stroll along white sandy beaches on the coast path
- Visit the famous town of St Andrews, complete with castle and 3 beaches
What To Expect
Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent active trip.
Inn to Inn Walking | A classic point to point walking trip, staying in a different location each night
This trip is suitable for:
Solo Travelers, Multi-Generational
Ideal if you have an interest in:
- Coastal & Island
Activity Level & Terrain
This holiday is graded moderate overall with individual itineraries varying from easy to moderate through to moderate to strenuous. Daily walking distances vary between 10 - 18 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.
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.
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.
- 8 Nights in hand-picked B&Bs, guesthouses & small hotels
- 8 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.
Getting to the Start
North Queensferry can be accessed easily from Edinburgh by train. The journey takes only 20mins. North Queensferry is also easily accessible from Glasgow (1hr 15 mins) and Dundee (1hr 20 mins) by train or there are buses as well.
Getting from the End
You can either continue walking to Dundee over the Tay bridge which is about 2 miles and catch onward travel from there or you can head back down to St Andrews (by taxi) and continue on from there.
St Andrews has many transport links to the rest of Scotland. Crail doesn't have a train station but there are plenty of buses to the rest of Fife and beyond.
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.
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.
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.
We offer a range of itineraries so you can choose your preferred daily distance so hopefully you will find an itinerary that suits your preferred level of activity. 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.
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.
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.
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.
Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate walkers with dogs as many of the accommodation providers we use do not accept pets.
You can use public transport or local taxis to continue to your next overnight stop.
ItineraryDay 1 Arrive North Queensferry
Just 20 minutes from Edinburgh by train, North Queensferry is very accessible from the Capital City. Marvel at the views of the Forth Road Bridge before your walking journey begins.
Ferrycraigs is a beautiful Edwardian House, with grounds down to the shores of Forth and spectacular views of both Forth Bridges. All rooms are simply decorated and have all the amenities you require for a comfortable overnight stay. There is free Wi-Fi and a guest lounge where you can relax in the evening.
9 East Bay B&B is a modern bungalow with stunning, uninterrupted views over the Firth of Forth looking out towards the Inchcolm Island and beyond towards the North Sea. The Lounge and Breakfast areas are spacious and extremely comfortable, on a warm night why not sit on the outside deck and peacefully enjoy watching the ships pass by. Their well-appointed bedrooms are centrally heated & delightfully furnished for your comfort.
The Queensferry Hotel is set on the banks of the Firth of Forth and enjoys spectacular views across the Firth and the iconic Forth Bridges. All of their rooms are individually decorated and have tea/coffee making facilities, trouser press or iron / iron boards, flat screen television, radio, hair dryer, 24 hour room service and en suite bathroom. The North Shore Restaurant offers a unique dining experience with both traditional and international cuisine enhanced by the spectacular setting. Their menus are created with care by their chefs, using the finest local produce and suppliers.
On your first day, the path leads past Deep Sea World to the Carlingnose Wildlife Reserve. You then pass through the town of Inverkeithing and hug the coastline up to St Davids harbour and Downing Point. Great panoramic views can be captured from here and look out for the historic gun emplacements. The path continues past the ruins of St Bridget’s Kirk into Aberdour and then up through the Blue Flag beaches of Burntisland.
Ann and Eddie run this family B&B in Burntisland, and they pride themselves on the comfortable rooms and the great food served by Eddie who used to be an award-winning Chef. The three double bedrooms, two with en-suite shower and one with en-suite shower and bath, have all been decorated and furnished to a very high standard.
Gruinard is a picturesque stone cottage which has been refurbished to a very high standard. The guest house has a friendly and informal atmosphere along with stunning views over the River Forth. Their accommodation has two bedrooms which have been decorated to a high standard, with many thoughtful personal touches and each has a private en-suite shower room.
Hotel owned by the same family for over 30 years. All the rooms are equipped with a range of toiletries, modern LCD flat screen television, hairdryer and tea & coffee making facilities.
From Pettycur Bay in Kinghorn you follow the path up to Kircaldy through areas of volcanic activity from over 300 million years ago. You can see limestone containing marine fossils aswell as basking seals on the rocks if you are lucky. Ravenscraig Castle follows as you reach 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.
Lomond Guest House provides comfortable accommodation and a friendly relaxed atmosphere. It has recently been renovated and all rooms are tastefully decorated to include digital TV, hospitality tray, hairdryer and toiletries. They also offer complimentary therapies such a reflexology, reiki and acupressure massage, which can be booked in advance through their website.
From the moment you approach their door, you will see the welcome that is in store for you when you stay at Dunclutha. It is a spacious house and has brought comfort to its residents for over a hundred years. The house was originally the Rectory for the nearby Scottish Episcopal Church and was built with the grace and solidity associated with such structures. The surroundings are bright and cheerful, and this is a place to rest and feel comfortable. All rooms have Freeview TV with tea and coffee making facilities with Julie's homemade shortbread. Although the house is Victorian it has been well cared for and has been recently refurbished with emphasis on preserving the grace and elegance of that period. A hot tub in the secluded rear garden is even available for your use to help after a long day's walking!
You are assured a very warm welcome from the owners of the Forth Bay Guesthouse. Perfectly located, right on the sea front, this wonderful, well reviewed property has all you require for a most comfortable stay. All of the rooms have tea/coffee/hot chocolate making facilities, free WiFi access, televisions with Freeview, central heating, and comfortable beds. All guests may also enjoy the communal lounge, featuring a marvellous view of the sea. Guests are also most welcome to use the communal dining room, microwave, and outdoor BBQ, and the owners will store items in this kitchen's refrigerator upon request.
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.
You will be guaranteed a warm welcome when you arrive at Sauchur Point. The guest room here will provide you with a flat-screen tv, a seating area and a dvd player, the room has en-suite facilities with a hairdryer and free toiletries. You can enjoy a sea view from the room - other facilities offered at the property include luggage storage, an ironing service and a laundry. There are several options nearby for evening meals and packed lunch supplies or a packed lunch is also available on request when you arrive.
The Old Orchard is an idyllic cottage, in its own grounds, with views across the fields in a very tranquil and peaceful setting. Shirley will welcome you into her home and offers the best of hospitality to make your stay a memorable one. A full Scottish breakfast is served with an alternative, if required.
The inn has a terrace and views of the sea. Each room have complimentary bathroom products from Siabann, Nespresso machines and a beautiful tea selection from The Tea Lovers’ Company, Egyptian cotton bed linen and thick large towels. They also have flat screen freeview televisions, free wi-fi and docking stations.
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.
The Hazelton is a former merchant’s town house dating back to the 19th Century and it enjoys a prominent position on the broad and attractive Marketgate in the heart of the village. Their 5 individually styled rooms are light and airy each with their own en-suite shower room. Rooms also have flatscreen TV’s, hairdryer, complimentary toiletries and hospitality tray.
This cafe and licensed B&B is located in the centre of historic Crail, a few minutes’ walk from the harbour. All rooms are on the upper floor and have recently undergone refurbishment; all rooms are en-suite and have all the amenities you require for a great overnight stay. Their little cafe creates a friendly buzz when the doors open at 10.30am, from a cooked breakfast to delicious Crail crab there is something for everyone on their menu. Sourcing is important to them and wherever possible they use local ingredients. Their cheese scones have attracted a fair number of supporters, yummy cheddar with red leicester and a tweak of mustard, try one with their homemade soup, a perfect combination.
The Golf Hotel is situated in the heart of the historic town of Crail in the East Neuk of Fife. It is a grade A listed coaching inn and is said to be one of the oldest licensed inns in Scotland. Mr Guthrie is only the fourth owner since 1928 and plans to stay host at this charming hotel for the long term. It offers newly refurbished en-suite bedrooms, resident’s sitting room, lounge bar, dining room, public bar and garden restaurant.
This day is the toughest days walking and can be very challenging in parts. Once you reach Fife Ness, the most eastern point in Fife, you pass through many golf courses and walk along the stunning shoreline. Make sure and wait for low tide while walking the path to St Andrews.
Doune House is a carefully maintained Victorian townhouse with many original features and modern comforts. The accommodation has been completely modernised to offer the highest quality of comfort and the rooms have all the amenities you require for a great overnight stay.
Your hosts, Jacqui and Trevor extend a warm welcome to you at their guest house, a St Andrew’s Victorian townhouse which enjoys a great location. They have 5 guest rooms, all rooms have TV, fresh flowers and tea / coffee making facilities with traditional biscuits. They also offer a laundry service and there is free WIFI.
Shandon House is a traditional, elegant turreted Victorian Town house built 100 years ago. Their traditional staircase winds up to the six individually decorated bedrooms, each room has en-suite or private facilities, free WIFI, TV and hospitality tray. They also offer a laundry service for when the weather hasn’t been too kind!
The path from St Andrews leads up through the town and passes the castle to Guardbridge which is the home to the Eden Estuary Nature Reserve. Look out for cyclists as this path is also the Fife Cycle Way. Crossing the boardwalks into Tentsmuir Forest your journey following the forest up through Tayport and a couple of miles later you reach Newport-on-Tay where your journey ends.
This beautiful Edwardian house is set in its own grounds, in a lovely rural setting. Great food is served using fresh local produce and the house provides a drying room and log fire in the colder weather. All the rooms have a flat screen TV as well as the usual complimentary welcome tray and Fine Scottish Soaps in the bathroom.
This boutique hotel has four themed rooms on offer; the French Room, Canadian Room, Scottish Room, and Nordic Room, each offering fantastic views of the River Tay and surrounding village. Their Bar and Restaurant is a fantastic mix of the old and new, serving freshly prepared food every day from 10am – 9pm. Kick back in a traditional booth in the bar, or take in the view from their riverside balcony over a hearty meal. Please call in advance if you wish to book a table for your evening meal.
Welcome to Lillian May. The property is a warm and friendly Victorian Villa conveniently positioned in Newport on Tay, by St Andrews, in the Kingdom of Fife with scenic views overlooking the Firth of Tay to Dundee and the Perthshire Highlands. Lillian May is finished to a high standard, your room is bright and spacious, complete with king size bed with Egyptian cotton sheets. Your room has coffee and toast making facilities. Complimentary breakfast is a light continental supplied to your room, serving a selection of teas, coffee, hot chocolate, orange juice, yoghurts and fresh fruit, cereals/porridge all to enjoy at your leisure. Or a complimentary healthy cooked breakfast using Scottish local produce bacon, eggs, smoked salmon and home-made pancakes or you can choose from the variety of local restaurants.
We supply hair dryer, books, maps of the area, golf courses to play, board games etc. Scotland is spoilt for choice with heritage, beauty and golf courses.
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