Fife Coastal Path
The Fife Coastal Path runs between the imposing Forth Bridge in the south and the Tay Bridge in the north. It is approximately 81 miles long and for most of the way it clings tenaciously to the coastline. The route passes through some wild and spectacular natural landscapes, home to a wide variety of wildlife. Plenty of interest is provided by the numerous caves, long sandy beaches, traditional fishing villages, and castles encountered along the journey. Some of the route uses the foreshore, so care has to be taken at these stretches during high tides, but in general the walking is straightforward.
At Kincraig point just before Elie there is the option to take the alternative 'Chainwalk', an exciting and unique scramble along cliffs using chains for handrails. This is best suited for fit, experienced walkers with a good head for heights. The path between Crail and St Andrews is very challenging in places. Some sections are not passable at high tide, so check for warning signs and check tide times with the coastguard.
Walking this Path gives a wonderful insight into the history of Fife's coastal communities as well as its agricultural and industrial heritage, both past and present.
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