Discover Fife Coastal Path
Top 8 Things to do on the Fife Coastal Path
There's plenty to see and do along the Fife Coastal Path, tracing Scotland's dramatic east coast from the Firth of Forth north to the Firth of Tay.
1) Take a wander next to one of the world's oldest golf courses: Simply called 'The Old Course' the Links stretch the length of West Sands Beach, a 2 mile long strip of white sand, and double-back to St Andrews. Incredibly, golf was first played here in the 15th century!
2) Elie Ness Lighthouse: Just outside of Elie on a spit of land jutting out into the North Sea sits Elie Ness Lighthouse at 11 metres in height. Designed by David Stevenson, cousin of Robert Louis Stevenson, and built in 1908. The lighthouse affords wonderful views over the surrounding coastline.
3) Award-winning fish & chips: Enjoy a hearty lunch or dinner by the harbour in Anstruther and sample the locally renowned fish & chips.
4) Explore Crail: Even if you aren't overnighting in Crail it's well-worth passing the village's pretty little harbour. Couple this with a visit to the Crail Pottery - a family business founded by potters Stephen and Carol in 1965 - to browse for a unique souvenir of your time in Fife.
5) Savour a delicious ice cream: Not just the reserve of sunny days, in Scotland ice cream is definitely acceptable in all weathers! Even if it's raining we recommend a visit to Janetta's Gelateria in St Andrews (be prepared to queue most days) to choose from a myriad of flavours of ice cream or sorbet.
6) Visit St Andrews cathedral and castle: The university town of St Andrews abounds with strange student traditions and historical buildings. Some of the oldest, and most spectacular being the 12th century cathedral ruins and the crumbling castle overlooking East Sands Beach.
7) Buddo Rock: Make sure you don't miss this strange sandstone rock formation just off the path between Crail and St Andrews, with it's pinky-orange hues and natural narrow archway.
8) Visit the Dundee: Although technically just beyond the end of the FCP Dundee is a good onward travel point and is home to The RRS Discovery ship (that took Captain Scott and his crew to the Antarctic in 1912) and the new V&A Museum designed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma.
5 Interesting Facts about the Fife Coastal Path
- It stretches all the way from North Queensferry, just north of Edinburgh to Newport-on-Tay, close to Dundee
- The Tay River is the longest river in Scotland and originates on the slopes of Ben Lui (a munroe) in the Southern Highlands.
- Macs Adventure has 4 different itineraries to choose from on one of Scotland's finest coastal long-distance walking trails. A 7 and 8 day, a Short Break and a Highlights version.
- If you love walking on coastal trail with stunning and spectacualr views at every turn, long-distance trail is for you. If you wish you can opt to take on the challenging Elie Chain Walk. It's not really a walk as such, but more of a scramble. In order to attempt this you will need agility and a good head for heights!
- There are a multitude of hidden beaches, ancient fishing harbours, castles, such as Aberdour, Newark and St Andrew's. There's also a ton of wildlife to spot along the way such as grey seals, gannets, eider ducks, puffins and you may even spot a pod of dolphins if you are lucky.