Fife Coastal Path

Fife Coastal Path Map

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King James VI of Scotland described Fife as a 'beggar's mantle fringed with gold' - the golden fringe being the coast and its chain of little ports with their thriving fishing fleets and rich trading links with the Low Countries. The Fife Coastal Path explores a large part of Fife's coastline from the Firth of Forth in the south to the Firth of Tay in the north. It is an area of low cliffs, rocky bays, grass-tufted dunes, long sandy beaches and picturesque fishing villages. All along the coast are abundant reminders of Scotland's rich history - caves with prehistoric paintings, castles, tollbooths, 'doocots', chapels, churches, watch houses, harbours, pilgrims caves, red-roofed 'little houses' and world famous golf courses.

Highlights of the trail include the charming East Neuk fishing villages with their tiny harbours surrounded by piles of lobster creels and whitewashed cottages with pan-tiled roofs and crow-stepped gables; the views from the Binn, Largo Law and Kincraig Hill; the home of Alexander Selkirk, the inspiration for Daniel Defoe's 'Robinson Crusoe'; the monument where Alexander III was thrown from his horse and killed, an event that completely changed the course of Scottish history; the finest Romanesque church in Scotland at Leuchars; and St Andrews, a beautiful little town with an ancient university, a ruined 12th century castle, the impressive ruins of the largest cathedral in Scotland and the home of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club, the game's governing body.

The Fife coast is a haven for wildlife. Grey seals bask on the rocks and the offshore islands and cliffs are home to thousands of seabirds including puffins, terns, fulmars and gannets.

Holiday Highlights

  • Tracing the changing landscapes from the industrial South, through delightful fishing villages and along sandy beaches to the rural North.
  • Admiring the views from the Rock and Spindle formations and back to the beautiful medieval city of St Andrews.
  • Exploring the fantastic history, visiting a chain of castles, including Aberdour Castle, Macduff’s Castle, St Andrews Castle and Wmyss Castle.
  • Spotting a variety of wildlife along the undulating coastline, including seals, dolphins, cormorants and gannets.

Fife Coastal Path

Total Distance 79 miles (126 km)
Start and Finish North Queensferry to Newport-on-Tay
Availability 21st March to 31st October
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Fife Coastal Path St Andrews
Fife Coastal Path Crail harbour
Fife Coastal Path St Andrews castle
Tour Code Itinerary Tour Price    
FCP1 6 nights, 5 days walking £500 per person More Information Book Online
FCP2 7 nights, 6 days walking £585 per person More Information Book Online
FCP3 8 nights, 7 days walking £670 per person More Information Book Online
FCP4 9 nights, 8 days walking £750 per person More Information Book Online
Our prices are based upon two people sharing a room. If you are walking on your own, or are part of a group, but require a room of your own, one of the following charges applies:
£40 per person / per night
£25 per person / per night
You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:
Extra night (Standard)
£50 per person / per night
All of our prices are in British pounds (£). Use our currency converter to convert British pounds (£) to your country’s currency.

The price that you pay includes:

  • accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis.
  • door to door luggage transfers for every day of your tour.
  • maps, guidebooks and a tour pack detailing specific information about your holiday.

Fife Coastal Path Taster Break

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Fife Coastal Path Taster Breaks Map

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Total Distance 33 miles (52.5 km)
Start and Finish Leven/St Andrews
Availability 21st March to 31st October

The Fife Coastal Path Taster Break aims to showcase some of the highlights of this gorgeous trail, in particular the many beautiful East Neuk fishing villages along the coast. The walk commences from Leven and meanders along wonderful sandy beaches, complete with fabulous views out to sea. Climbing up onto the clifftop path boasts even greater vistas before rounding Kincraig Point, bursting with pretty wildflowers, before continuing on to the village of Elie.

From here the path uses a mixture of tracks and passes several more interesting fishing villages that are well worth a visit, as well as the historical landmarks of Lady's Tower, a 16th century dovecote, Newark Castle, St Monans Church and St Monans Windmill, before passing through Crail with its museum, heritage centre and one of the prettiest harbours in the area. The final stretch of this walk then wanders along remote and rugged coastline towards the finishing point in St Andrews, taking in dramatic views of the Firth of Tay along the way.

Holiday Highlights

  • Wandering along sandy beaches and breathing in the fresh sea air, surrounded by beautiful scenery.
  • Wandering through the lovely little East Neuk fishing villages dotted along the coastline; a fitting testimony to the heritage of sea-fishing that still thrives in Fife.
  • Arriving in St Andrew's at the end of your holiday and exploring the many wonderful shops and beautiful buildings there.

Return to start included: Please note that this itinerary also includes transportation for your group and your luggage back to the starting point of your holiday at no extra cost.

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Boats at Crail Harbour
St. Andrews castle
Beach South of Anstruther
Tour Code Itinerary Tour Price    
FCPT1 4 nights, 3 days walking £345 per person More Information Book Online
Our prices are based upon two people sharing a room. If you are walking on your own, or are part of a group, but require a room of your own, one of the following charges applies:
£40 per person / per night
£25 per person / per night
You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:
Extra night (Standard)
£50 per person / per night
All of our prices are in British pounds (£). Use our currency converter to convert British pounds (£) to your country’s currency.

The price that you pay includes:

  • accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis.
  • door to door luggage transfers for every day of your tour.
  • maps, guidebooks and a tour pack detailing specific information about your holiday.

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